Halle Berry Manages Diabetes With Regular Exercise and Healthy Diet, Ways to Tackle Diabetes

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By Afza Fathima | August 12, 2014 2:17 PM EST

Actress Hally Berry was diagnosed with diabetes 25 years ago at the young age of twenty-two. She claimed, in 2007, that she no longer suffered from Type 1 diabetes and had Type 2 instead.

Experts have said that the Oscar winning actress was misdiagnosed as someone who has Type 1 has their immune system destroyed by a part of the pancreas, which produces insulin. They say that she is likely to have had Type 2 the entire time. She now manages her diabetes with the help of regular exercise and healthy and balanced diet.

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Halle Berry at the premier of 'Extant' in Los Angeles June 16, 2014

The most essential way to manage type 2 diabetes is to have a healthy diet. The choices one makes for their diet is important to keep blood sugar in the safe range.

Sugar is usually considered to be harmful in the case of diabetes as it can raise blood glucose levels but in the case of those suffering from diabetes along with low blood sugar, a spoonful of sugar or honey is recommended. Monitoring of sugar consumption like refined sugar and simple carbohydrates, have to be done for diabetic patients. Low-sugar foods, low-fat foods and a well-balanced diet are essential for keeping diabetes in check.

The Harvard School of Public Health noted that good fats can help lower cholesterol levels. Foods high in sodium, saturated fats, cholesterol and trans fat should be avoided. Red meat, bacon and processed foods should be replaced with omega-3 rich foods like salmon, mackerel and herring and olive oil, avocado and nuts.

For a diabetes-friendly diet, balancing carbohydrates, fats and sugar is important. Foods like leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains, low-fat diary products, beans and peas and fresh low-sugar fruits like blueberries, raspberries and cherries should be eaten as it helps with digestive health and high sugar fruits like watermelon, pineapple and oranges should be avoided.

Whole grain starches like whole grain versions of bread, pasta, cereal, rice, crackers and tortillas are healthy as it maximises nutrition and the body converts it into blood glucose whereas potato chips and packaged snacks are a big no-no.

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Halle Berry at the premier of 'Extant' in Los Angeles June 16, 2014
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