Cabbage is a cheap, healthy addition to any diabetic’s diet.

Although wound care dressings can provide much-needed care to things like diabetic ulcers, a proper diet can help prevent some of these chronic wounds from occurring or reoccurring.

A study published in the January 6 issue of Health Affairs found a relationship between hospitalizations for diabetics in lower income brackets at the end of the month. Researchers posit that this relationship ties to the fact that most budgets are particularly stretched during the end of the month (right before payday), prompting many individuals to buy less healthy (albeit cheaper) food options.

Researchers found that for diabetic individuals in lower income brackets, hospital admissions were 27 percent higher in the end of the month than at the beginning for hypoglycemia, a condition that occurs when glucose levels are too low.

“The patterns here are significant,” Sara Rosenbaum, a health law professor at George Washington University, told The New York Times. “The researchers obviously can’t say if food deprivation was the definitive triggering event, but the findings show a strong association between lack of food and adverse health consequences.”

A poor diet can also lead to bad circulation, which can prompt diabetic ulcers on the legs and feet to exacerbate. Not properly regulating glucose levels can also increase the risk of ulcers, as too low or too high of sugar levels can prompt a reduction in the sensation in your appendages.

To maintain better health overall yet still stay within your food budget, try adding a few of these cheap veggies and fruits to your diet:

Cabbage. This veggie can be used in stir fries, soups, casseroles and crock pot meals, and is usually accessible year-round. As a hearty green, it’s also a great way to add some vitamins and minerals to your diet during the winter months. At around 50 to 90 cents per pound, this is one vegetable that is easy to incorporate into your diet.
Pears. Whether you buy them canned or fresh, pears have a low glycemic index of 38 on a scale of 100. Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, this is a fruit that has regularly been advised to diabetics for years. Costing only around 90 cents per pound, you can eat these healthy treats and maintain your healthy diet at the same time.
Carrots. Touted for their high vitamin A content, carrots also have a relatively low GI at 49 (a rating between 20 and 50 is considered low). Bags of baby carrots cost around $1 and are easy to pack as a snack, while larger carrots can be a great addition to stews, soups, salads and roasts – many people even add them to breads!
Dried chickpeas and kidney beans. Everyone needs protein, and both of these beans provide plenty of fiber and energy as well as low GI numbers – both have ratings of 28. Kidney beans cost about 20 cents per cup after they have been cooked, which is much cheaper than most – if not all – varieties of protein that comes from animal products, like dairy, meat and eggs.

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