5 Foods that Cause Diabetes


Diabetes is one of the most common chronic lifestyle diseases on the planet. There may be innumerable causes that lead to diabetes in an individual but one of the major pronounced one is due to food. Food is an inevitable component for healthy living whether you are diabetic or not.

According to a survey conducted by students of Stanford University, there are 7 out of every 10 people suffering from diabetes due improper diet habits. Foods themselves may not be termed as ‘bad’, rather, they may be unsuited when you are suffering from diabetes (or at risk for it).

The one and only solution is by leading a healthy and active lifestyle which can definitely keep the issue at bay. The facts show that diabetes can occur at any stage of our life even at the childhood. There might not be any specifications for the foods that cause diabetes, there are ones which definitely aggravate or increase the risk of having it.

Processed meats

processed meat and diabetesProcessed meats include hotdogs and bacon which are diabetes-triggering foods that lead to diabetes if eaten more than two times or three times a week. These foods contain high amount of fat and protein which is proved to have negative effects on diabetic people when consumed in large quantities.

Certain fats have adverse effects on the body especially saturated, hydrogenated, and trans fats. Total fat and saturated and monounsaturated fat apparently are unrelated with the risk of type 2 diabetes. However, trans fatty acids increase your chances of developing diabetes, therefore, it is best to choose and use non-hydrogenated polyunsaturated fatty acids instead.

Even if the food you are buying is labeled ‘Zero Trans Fat’, the product may have some amount of trans fat. Foods containing saturated fat include chocolate, butter, bacon, lard and sausage. Full-fat dairy foods also contain saturated fat.

Refined Grains

refined grain and diabetesRefined grains are completely useless for the body. It might be surprising to know that when grains are refined and processed, they lose all of their vitamins, fiber, and minerals content. All that is left high amount of sugar and carbohydrate content.Such foods demand increase of insulin production thus risking your body to diabetes.

Make sure to include fiber rich foods in your diet since the market is filled with refined foods. If possible make it a point to replace your meals with whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, barley, popcorn, and more. Also, avoid white rice, pasta and white bread where a health concern for diabetes is present.

Dairy Products

dairy products and diabetessDietary products that are high on fat and are saturated will lead to diabetes conditions.Here we can mention whole milk, whole fat ice-creams, butter, full cream, cheddar cheese, and other products that contain saturated milk.

Whole milk products are a potential risk due to the cholesterol. The body can (naturally) produce some amount of cholesterol itself but gets substantial amount from foods eaten. Generally, the cholesterol should be restricted to 300 mg per day according to the ADA.

Extra Sugar Items

sweets and diabetesThis is a well known fact to almost all of the people that sugar is the root cause of diabetes. Well, the statement is applicable with certain conditions to it like “In excess”! If you are having one can (12-ounce) of regular soda, you get the same carbohydrate as in 10 teaspoons of sugar!

Diabetes is synonymous with overweight, uncontrolled blood sugar level, and insulin sensitivity. And to the matter of fact, sugar(in excess) is also connected with all of the above. To keep risk factor under control, limit your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages including energy drinks, fruit punch, regular soda, and sweet tea.

It is always to prevent the sweets and sugary foods all the time. If you are consuming sweets and sugary foods, restrict to a very small portion. In case you like eating it once in awhile, have loads of water to flush out the sugar from the body.

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and High Fat Levels of Meat

fats and diabetesMeats that have high levels of fat can cause obesity and overweight issues if consumed regularly. This in turn makes you extremely prone to diabetes. Fried chicken, lamb, steak, pork, and organ meats are some of them.If you are a diabetic with a kidney problem, you should limit the intake of protein, normally up to no more than 10% of your daily calories intake.

Hydrogenated vegetable oil (vanaspati or Margarine) is one product that accumulates a lot of fat in body thus leading to diabetes in the later stages of life. Cholesterol is a common cause for many metabolic complications such as heart failure, joint problems, so on and so forth.

Diabetes in combination with cholesterol could be lethal and has adverse effects the brighter side it can be easily controlled by the diet and health lifestyle. Common foods providing substantial cholesterol are non-extra lean ground beef, egg yolks, poultry skin, whole milk, shellfish, and full-fat cheese.

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