Eating the right foods and having a healthy lifestyle is necessary if you want to live well with diabetes. Following the right diet and staying physically active can help keep diabetes sufferers’ blood glucose level in their target range. What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat are all important things to measure if you have diabetes.
Eating the right diet and keeping physically active can keep your blood glucose level and cholesterol in your target range, help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, prevent or treat diabetes problems, and help you feel better and have more energy. You may worry that getting diabetes means you can’t eat the foods you enjoy any more, and that is true to some extent. There are some foods that are forbidden. But, you can still enjoy many of the same foods you once did, albeit in smaller portions and less often.
1. Sugary-Sweet Beverages
Stay away from sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, sweetened ice tea or lemonade, sodas, and coffee or tea with lots of added sugar. Don’t drink champagne, wine, beer, spirits, or liquor. Stay away from beverages that will spike your blood sugar and send you crashing later.
Sugary-sweetened fruit drinks may seem like they’re a good choice if you’re trying to be health-conscious, but they’re one of the worst things you can have if you’ve got diabetes. These drinks are chock full of carbs and loaded with fructose. High-fructose drinks have been linked to insulin resistance, increased belly fat, and a lower metabolic rate. What you drink is just as important as what you eat when you have diabetes.