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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Best and Worst Foods for People with Diabetes

Posted By: Advancing Care

Medically Reviewed by Tamera Compasso, BSN, RN

Living with diabetes requires thoughtful consideration of dietary choices to maintain blood sugar levels and overall health. Making informed decisions about the foods we consume is essential for effective diabetes management.

Here's a guide to the best and worst foods for people with diabetes.

Diabetes: best and worst foods

Best Foods for People with Diabetes:

  1. Non-starchy vegetables: Eating low-carb, high-fiber vegetables like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and other leafy greens helps regulate blood sugar levels.
  2. Whole grains: Foods like brown rice, quinoa and oats provide essential nutrients and fiber without causing rapid blood sugar spikes.
  3. Lean proteins: Skinless poultry, fish, tofu and legumes are good protein sources without excessive fat.
  4. Healthy fats: Avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil contain monounsaturated fats, which can contribute to heart health when consumed in moderation.
  5. Low-fat dairy: Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products for calcium without additional saturated fat.

Worst Foods for People with Diabetes:

  1. Sugary beverages: Soda, fruit juices and sweetened drinks can cause rapid blood sugar spikes.
  2. Refined carbohydrates: Eating white bread, pasta and sugary cereals can lead to increased blood sugar levels.
  3. Processed snacks: Avoid high-sugar and high-fat snacks like chips, cookies and candies.
  4. Fried foods: Foods fried in unhealthy oils can contribute to inflammation and high cholesterol.
  5. Excessive alcohol: Drinking alcohol can affect blood sugar levels, so moderation is key.

Remember, individual dietary needs may vary. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized advice. Your provider can help you create a diabetes management plan that includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity and medication if necessary.

With the help of our certified diabetes educators, you can manage your disease and lead a healthier life.

If you seek a consultation for diabetes or similar conditions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a specialist at a WMCHealth location convenient for you.