Diabetes is a serious illness. Medline Plus reports diabetes is a disease in which the levels of your blood glucose, or blood sugar, are too high. Glucose is in the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone which helps the glucose get into your cells in order to give them energy. Your body does not make insulin with type 1 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, which is the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well.
Glucose remains in your blood without enough insulin. You can also come down with a condition known as prediabetes. In prediabetes your blood sugar is higher than it should be normally but it is not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. If you have prediabetes you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
If there is too much sugar in your blood over time there may be serious consequences. Your kidneys, eyes and nerves can be damaged when there is too much sugar in your blood. Diabetes is also associated with the development of heart disease, stroke and even circulation problems serious enough to lead to the need to remove a limb.
It can be determined if you have diabetes with blood tests. You can help to control diabetes with exercise, weight control and adhering to a healthy meal plan. The American Diabetes Association lists the following foods as the best foods to eat to help prevent and control diabetes:
- Whole grain foods
- Lean protein foods such as fish, eggs and lean cuts of beef and pork
Your blood glucose level should also be monitored and medicine may be prescribed.
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- Raw or undercooked meat, poultry or seafood, including smoked fish that is not reheated
- Unpasteurized (raw) milk and products, like cheese, made from raw milk
- Raw or undercooked eggs
- Raw sprouts
- Unwashed fruits and vegetables
- Produce that is bruised, looks old or is obviously damaged
- Unpasteurized apple juice or cider
- Soft cheeses, including Feta, Brie, Camembert, queso fresco, particularly if they are made with raw milk
- Hot dogs and deli meats that have not been reheated
- Refrigerated pâté or other meat spread
- Any food needing refrigeration that has been unrefrigerated for over 2 hours, one hour if the air temperature is over 90°F
- Food that is past its expiration or best-if-used-by date
- Food that is sold in an unclean place
- Home-canned food
- Commercial canned goods that have dents, cracks or bulging lids
Taking time to carefully review this list of food which should be avoided can certainly help dramatically to control diabetes.