Okra is a healthy food for a diabetic diet, according to Healthline. However, claims that okra can replace insulin as a primary tool for managing blood sugar, a conclusion supported by some rodent trials, requires confirmation in human studies before diabetics should attempt it, as of 2015.
Okra has quite a few health benefits. As a solid source of dietary fiber, okra potentially eases the digestive process, improves glucose levels in the blood, and cuts the danger of heart disease. With a glycemic index of approximately 20, it is a wise choice for diabetics. A study in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has returned preliminary indications that okra extract possibly lowers cholesterol totals, although more research is necessary as of 2015, notes Healthline.