Foods To Avoid If You Have Diabetes

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Diabetes is a common chronic health condition that can lead to other serious conditions such as kidney problems, mental illnesses like depression and heart disease if left untreated over a long period. Diabetes has no cure. Most people who have the condition are on medication for life, so it’s important to be cautious with what you eat to control your blood sugar and prevent complications due to diabetes. 

Foods you can eat

If you have a higherrisk of developing diabetes or have diabetes, monitoring what you eat, especially certain proteins and carbohydrates, is important. Excessive carbohydrate intake over a long period can lead to blood vessel and nerve damage, predisposing you to more serious health issues. 

The following are foods you need to avoid if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic. 

  • Sugars 

Generally, sugar is not good for the health, but if you have diabetes, you need to be extra cautious and avoid foods containing sugar at all costs. Diabetes usually occurs from abnormal glucose levels in the body, so any food that increases the glucose level in the body can be detrimental to your health. 

Foods that can drastically increase the glucose level in the body include beverages and processed foods. Sweet, fizzy drinks contain fructose, a compound that is insulin resistant and causesthe formation of advanced glycation in the body. 

  • Red meat 

Avoiding carbohydrates can help reduce or control diabetes, but taking a lot of red meat can also affect your health. Type II diabetes occurs due to high glucose levels and changes in lipid levels in the body. 

However, many people who have diabetes assume that they need to avoid processed foods and sugar but can take high amounts of protein foods such as red meat. There is a misconception that people with diabetes can take red meat, but some studies show that eating red meat increases diabetes risk by about 21%. 

  • Starchy foods 

Foods like white pasta, white rice and bread contain refined carbohydrates and do not have the necessary amount of fibre, which can cause a rapid increase in blood glucose levels. Daily intake of refined carbohydrates can increase the risk of diabetes by about 11%. 

  • Eggs 

Eggs contain several nutrients, and they are a great breakfast option. However, excessive egg consumption increases the risk of developing type II diabetes. Controversies surround the health benefits of carbohydrates, but some studies show that egg consumption in people with diabetes increases the risk of a heart condition. 

However, this does not imply that eggs should not be in your diet as it contains different nutrients and has several health benefits such as weight management. Cutting the number of eggs you eat to about 1 – 2 per week will ensure you get the necessary nutrients in eggs without increasing your risk of certain diseases. 

  • Trans fat 

Diabetes increases the risk of developing different cardiovascular diseases, so you need to cut down on foods that increase the risk of developing a heart condition. Different foods contain transfat, and they increase LDL (low-density lipoprotein, also known as bad cholesterol) levels in the body, which causes heart diseases. 

Foods containing trans fat reduces the insulin-producing ability of the body, increasing the level of blood glucose. Frozen foods, margarine and baked foods are few examples of foods that contain trans fat. 

The food you eat significantly affects your health,and this is particularly true for people with diabetes. Being mindful of what you eat can control your blood glucose level and prevent complications from diabetes. 

Although cutting down and avoiding certain foods may be challenging at first, you can get used to it with time. Having a diet plan can help you adjust faster. For example, you can replace white rice or pasta with whole wheat. 

The foods above can serve as a guide to help you avoid foods in your diet that may be harmful to your health. 

If you’re not certain about your risk for diabetes, you can visit Health Screening Clinic today for regular health check up. Call us now on 020 7183 7056 to schedule an appointment with our doctor can carry out a thorough examination and determine your risk for diabetes. 

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