Diabetes is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions among adults and children worldwide. Uncontrolled diabetes has many serious consequences, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and other complications. Eating the wrong food can raise your blood sugar, interfere with insulin metabolism and promote inflammation which may increase your risk of disease.
According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. One of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe is to limit your saturated fat intake. Things like lard, palm oil and high-fat meat and dairy products should all be consumed in moderation. When buying package goods, look for hydrogenated oils on the ingredient label.
Knowing which foods to avoid when you have diabetes can sometimes seem tough. However, following a few guidelines can make it easier. your main goals should include staying away from unhealthy fats, liquid sugars, processed grains and other foods that contain refined carbohydrates.
Controlling your diabetes requires a careful balance of lifestyle habits including eating right, exercising and taking your proper medication. But it can be tricky to navigate proper nutrition especially with foods that sound healthy but can actually wreak havoc on your blood sugar and overall health. Therefore, its important to avoid the food listed below.
It seems healthy, but a pulverized low fiber smoothies made primarily of fruits isn’t the best for those with diabetes. Smoothies can be large whacks of carbohydrates and sugar especially if there is no protein or healthy fats that acts similarly to fiber to slow digestion and prevent blood sugar from spiking.
You can have bread, but just not the white kin. White sandwich bread is a refined grain, not a whole grain when eaten and it has a high glycemic index and can directly lead to elevated blood sugar levels. Swap white bread for a whole grain.
They may be tasty come summer, but char- grilled burnt meats are high in advanced glycation and products (AGES), which perpetuate damaged cell receptors and causes insulin resistance. A little bit of char is inevitable when you are grilling but if any parts are extremely blackened, cut them off before dissing.
It’s not that you can’t eat potatoes, you just have to be cognizant of how they’re prepared and how much you consume. French fries, for example are a no go fried foods because they are high in simple carbohydrates and fats, which is a tough combination for diabetics. It will raise blood sugar quickly and keep it high for a long time because the fat takes a while to digest.
Sport drinks may be helpful for highly active, healthy people. But people with diabetes should steer clear even if they hit the gym. They can be an unnecessary source of calories added sugars, and sodium which are all things people with diabetes should avoid.
You may already know that soda isn’t the best for diabetics, but you may not realize just how damaging the beverage can do. Within the first 10 minutes of drinking a soda, about 10 teaspoons of sugar hit the system. It is rapidly absorbed and signals an insulin release, which is a problem for people with diabetes.
There is a reason potato chips are one of the most addicting junk foods. They’re pulverized, soaked in fat and loaded with salt. Potato chips are a disaster for diabetes because they are a carbohydrate and fat bomb that will quickly spike your blood sugar.
Avoiding foods that increase your blood sugar levels and drive insulin resistance can help keep you healthy now and reduce your risk of future diabetes.