Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world, the number of people getting affected by diabetes seem to be on the rise year after year. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that happens when there is an elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream either by lack of insulin being produced by the pancreas (type1 diabetes) or due to a resistance in the body cells to insulin (type2 diabetes).
If you are a diabetic, it is important to maintain your blood sugar levels under control following a healthy diet and taking your meds regularly or the elevated blood sugar levels floating in the blood can have a very damaging effect on your body parts and organs from your eyes to your toes.
When it comes to diabetes, the diet you follow lays a significant role in either helping you to manage your blood sugar levels or even reduce your odds in developing diabetes in the first place or increasing your risks and exacerbating the symptoms and leading to more health complications.
Here’s a list of the most obvious worst foods other than sugary foods that diabetics should keep off limits.
1- White Bread.
White bread is made of refined flour, it lacks nutrients and fiber so it gets digested and absorbed quickly, anything that gets absorbed quickly trigger a spike in blood sugar levels and hence the production of insulin. 100% whole wheat bread can be a better option for diabetics since it contains more fiber and it takes longer to digest, however even with whole-wheat bread, the portion still matters for diabetics, it is recommended to take no more than two slices with each meal and have some vegetables and legumes with the bread.
2- White Rice.
White rice is similar to white bread, it is highly refined and causes a sudden spike in blood sugar similar to what happens after eating white sugar.
White rice is also high in it’s GI score and it lacks nutrients and fiber which makes it generally loaded with empty calories. For diabetics it is recommended to switch to brown rice.
3- Fatty Meats.
Fatty cuts of meat or what is commonly known as marbled cuts should be avoided by diabetics. According to the Nutrients report study published in 2014, fatty meat consumption is consistently associated with an increased risk of type2 diabetes.
The saturated fats in fatty meats also have a inflammatory effect on the body cells which when associated with diabetes can initiate various health complications.
Potatoes in all forms whether boiled, baked, friend or mashed should be avoided by diabetics. The starch found in potatoes is made of long strings of starch which breaks down in the digestive system rapidly leading to a sudden spike in blood sugar levels therefore diabetics should avoid eating potatoes.