Diabetes can occur due to a liver disease and vice versa. Type 2 Diabetes is associated with liver dysfunction. Liver maintains glucose in the blood. It is observed that people with fatty liver are five times as likely to develop Diabetes and most people with Type 2 Diabetes develop fatty liver because of uncontrolled high sugars.
It is very important to control the blood sugar level for a healthy liver. Diabetes promotes weight gain especially in the abdomen, the most dangerous part of the body to accumulate excess fat. If you have diabetes, the doctor can recommend a regular examination of the liver. Fatty liver is a common liver condition with almost no early symptoms. An enlarged liver and enzyme abnormalities are the characteristics of a fatty liver. People with the fatty liver disease are more likely to develop Diabetes within five years that those with a healthy liver. If not treated on time, liver diseases can lead to permanent live failure leading to a liver surgery. Higher glucose levels and high cholesterol are common with fatty liver patients.
To keep your liver healthy, you have to make sure to follow these:
- Avoid sugary and foods that contain flour.
- Use cold pressed olive oil or organic coconut oil as these are considered safe for the liver.
- Eat more raw and leafy vegetables. A glass of raw vegetable juice every day is also recommended.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol and cigarette smoking.
- Take a liver tonic in case of a liver dysfunction.
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.
Let us follow a diet that controls both diabetes and liver problems. Diabetics need to control carbohydrate intake to maintain the blood sugar level, while protein intake should be limited in case of liver problems. The coexistence of both the diseases calls for a common diet to manage both conditions. These are:
Carbohydrates: Consumption of too many carbohydrates like potatoes, lentils, rice, should be limited. These foods cause weight gain which can lead to liver problems. They also contain high sugar which is not a good choice for diabetics.
Protein and Fat: Protein intake should be limited to both liver disease and diabetes. Intake of monosaturated fats including olive oil, avocado, almonds, are recommended for diabetics with liver problems. Omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon fish are also beneficial.
Salt and Alcohol: alcohol should be avoided altogether as it leads to high blood sugar and interferes with weight loss. A low salt diet is always favorable for both liver and diabetes.