Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. According to the World Health Organization, in 2010, there were 309,000 deaths related to non-communicable chronic diseases, including diabetes. Approximately a quarter of these deaths were people of working age (younger than 60 years). Moreover, the organization reports that the Philippines is one of the world’s emerging diabetes hotspots. Ranked in the top 15 in the world for diabetes prevalence, Philippines is home to more than 4 million people diagnosed with the disease – and a worryingly large unknown number who are unaware they have diabetes.
In an effort to help you decrease the prevalence or risk of diabetes, and its complications, we have compiled the top 10 worst food for a diabetic.
Candies, syrup, cookies, and soda are high-sugar, and low-quality carbohydrate foods that both lack nutritional value, and worsen and complicate diabetes. These low-quality carbs can make you gain fat which can further complicate your diabetes.
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, consume high-quality carbohydrates such as fiber-rich fruits instead. Apples, berries, pears, and oranges are delicious and fiber-rich fruits that can help you slow the absorption of glucose. Pair your fruit diet with protein food such as string cheese, nonfat yoghurt, or nuts to further reduce the impact on your blood sugar.