Should I Avoid Certain Foods Since I Have Diabetes or am at Higher Risk of Developing Diabetes?

When you have diabetes or are at higher risk for developing the disease, the types and amount of food you eat makes a big difference to your blood glucose levels and in how you feel and function every day.

You should eat fewer high-fat foods and limit foods that are high in saturated fats and trans fats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some of these high-fat foods include:

  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Fried foods
  • Whole milk
  • Sweets, such as cakes, candy, cookies and pies
  • Crackers
  • Salad dressings

You should also avoid high-sugar foods like:

  • Fruit-flavored drinks
  • Sodas
  • Sweetened tea and coffee

And eat fewer high-salt foods, like:

  • Pickles
  • Processed meats, such as hot dogs and bologna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned and packaged soups

Talk to your doctor for help in choosing the right foods to best manage your diabetes.

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