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Type 2 diabetes is a very common chronic condition that affects more than 3 million people in the U.S. each year. It develops when the body becomes insulin resistant or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. This is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors.
Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes. However, it can contribute to other factors, such as high blood pressure and obesity, which may trigger the disease. To minimize your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, health experts recommend avoiding the following foods:
- Meat.Processed meats, such as hot dogs and deli cuts, contain high amounts of fat and sodium. Too much of these can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, which are common complications of diabetes.
- Grains. Items that are made with refined white flour, such as breakfast cereals, white bread and pastries, are high in processed carbohydrates and can raise blood sugar to unhealthy levels. Whole grain breads and bread products offer a healthier option.
- Processed Fruits. Fresh fruits are good for you! However, it is important to stay away from fruits canned in syrup and dried fruits as they contain very high sugar levels. Also, limit your intake of fruit juices as they have a lot of sugar without the whole fruit nutrients.
- Fats. Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, so minimize the amount of butter, cheese, and fried foods that you eat. Trans fats are even worse for you and should be avoided at all costs.
With good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle, most people can avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes mellitus, better known as simply “diabetes,” is a metabolic condition characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels. Once regarded as a relatively rare disorder, diabetes today is considered by many doctors, healthcare professionals and other medical authorities as a health emergency.
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