If you’re a diabetic, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and feeling your best isn’t just about choosing the right foods. It’s also about limiting or avoiding foods that can spike your blood sugar and increase the risk of complications.
Research shows that weight loss can also help improve insulin sensitivity. A study published in Nutrition & Diabetes in 2017, showed sustained enhanced insulin sensitivity in successful female weight-loss maintainers compared to those who had no history of weight loss.
Foods to avoid:
Trans fats are found in peanut butter, spreads, creamers, and frozen dinners. Food manufacturers often add them to crackers, muffins, and other baked goods to help extend a product’s shelf life. Trans fats don’t directly raise blood sugar levels, but they’ve been linked to increased inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat, as well as lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and impaired arterial function.
White bread, rice, and pasta
White bread, rice, and pasta are high-carb foods.
Eating refined-flour foods has been shown to significantly increase blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Foods that are made primarily of processed sugar, such as many desserts, sweets and fizzy drinks, are considered low-quality carbohydrates. Not only are these foods lacking in nutritional value, they can also cause a sharp spike in your blood sugar.
Instead of sweets and chocolates, choose fruits such as apples, berries, pears or oranges. The high-quality carbohydrates contain plenty of fibre to help slow down the absorption of glucose, so they’re a far better choice for blood-sugar control.