Believe it or not, controlling blood sugar levels and preventing complications associated with diabetes may be as simple as eating the right foods. In fact, according to research, foods such as beans, greens, and certain fish – all which are packed with nutrients — can do just that and more: protect your heart, vision, and decrease the risk of other damaging effects of diabetes. Get the scoop on 5 power foods that can give you an extra edge up on diabetes and its complications below.

Beans

Not only are beans boasting with fiber. But, they’re high in calcium and protein too. To top it off, they’re low in saturated fat – that mess that clogs up your arteries, in turn leading to heart disease – unlike other popular forms of protein (like red meat). By consuming just one ½ cup of white beans, you’ll get almost 100 mg of calcium—about 10 percent of your daily intake.

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