People with diabetes do not heal as efficiently as people with normal blood sugar levels. Certain foods can also help keep your blood sugar optimal.

Protein helps to repair tissue:

  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs (egg whites have protein and no cholesterol)
  • Cheese (low fat is better for your heart)
  • Poultry
  • Lean meat
  • Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)

Carbohydrates give you energy:

  • Starch (bread – whole grains are best – cereal, noodles, rice, barley, kasha)
  • Starchy vegetables (sweet or white potatoes, corn, peas, beans)
  • Non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, green beans, asparagus, salad greens)
  • Fruit
  • Milk (drinking milk, soymilk or yogurt)

Fat allows you to absorb your fat soluble vitamins – A, D, E, K:

  • Oil (olive and canola oil are best for your heart)
  • Nuts (are good for your heart and health)
  • Avocado (is good for your heart)
  • Margarine (pick one without trans fat)
  • Butter (use more sparingly)

The following vitamins are excellent to heal wounds most efficiently:

  • Vitamin C – foods with high levels:
    • Peppers (especially red)
    • Kiwi fruit
    • Tomatoes
    • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits)
    • Broccoli
  • Vitamin A – foods with high levels:
    • Orange colored fruits/vegetables
    • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin E – foods with high levels:
    • Whole grains
    • Wheat germ
    • Dark leafy green vegetables
    • Eggs**
    • Nuts and seeds
  • Vitamin B – foods with high levels:
    • Whole grains (wheat and oats)
    • Fish and seafood
    • Poultry and meat
    • Eggs**
  • Zinc – foods with high levels:
    • Oysters (very high)
    • Protein
    • Beans
  • ** Egg yolks contain vitamins and cholesterol while egg whites contain protein

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