TYPE 2 diabetes is a common condition in the UK usually caused by being overweight or obese. One of the best ways to manage the condition, as well as prevent it in the first place, is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. But when it comes to what to eat for dinner, what foods should you be avoiding in your diet?
Type 2 diabetes is where the body can’t control the amount of glucose in the blood and a person’s blood glucose levels become too high.
Among causes such as having a close family member with the condition, being overweight or obese can put you at risk of type 2 diabetes.
Those with the condition are recommended to make changes to their diet, such as counting the amount of carbohydrates you eat and keeping an eye on portion sizes
While it’s recommended you add oily fish to your diet, diabetes experts say ‘diabetic’ food should be given a miss.
Diabetes UK says foods labelled as ‘diabetic’ offer no benefit to people with diabetes and may still affect blood glucose levels.
It adds: “They are expensive and contain as much fat and calories as ordinary versions, and they can also have a laxative effect.”
The research charity adds that eating regular meals can help. It advises: “Space your meals evenly throughout the day, and make sure everyone has breakfast.”
It’s also a good idea to cut down on fat and salt. It says: “Everyone needs some fat as part of a healthy diet. But, cut back on saturated fats, which are found in foods that are made of animal products like butter and cheese, red and processed meats, palm oil, coconut oil, ghee, and cakes and pastries.
“Too much salt is associated with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of diabetes complications. Adults should have no more than one teaspoon (6g) of salt per day, while children have even lower targets.
“Most of the salt we eat comes from processed foods so cut back on these and try to cook from scratch, flavouring your food with herbs and spices instead.