The participants were divided into two groups of participants and instructed to eat a high carbohydrate breakfast – one group consumed nopal with their breakfast, while the other did not.
The nopal group had significantly lower blood sugar and insulin levels after the meal when researchers compared them with the participants who did not have nopal.
Strengthening the association, an article published in the journal ISRN Pharmacology recommends taking nopal cactus together with other diabetes medications to help regulate blood sugar.
It is not exactly clear what mechanisms cause the reduction in blood sugar but nopal cactus is a great source of fibre.
“In people with diabetes, fibre — particularly soluble fibre — can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels,” explains Mayo Clinic.
According to the health body, a healthy diet that includes insoluble fibre may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Soluble fibre means it dissolves in water and insoluble signals it doesn’t dissolve in water.
General dietary tips
There’s nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you’ll have to limit certain foods.
The worst are foods high in carbohydrate content because carb is broken down into glucose relatively fast.
This means it has a more pronounced effect on blood sugar levels than protein.
Type 2 diabetes – how to spot it
Symptoms are often subtle or nonexistent in the beginning but there are some telltale signs to watch out for.
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision.