16 Everyday Foods That Can Increase The Diabetes Risk

By Eloïse Reyns / Nutrition / November 9th, 2019

4. Sweets

Sweets, diabetes

We grow up with sweets as rewards, treats, and prizes. They are at every event, be it birthday or baby shower, and these childhood habits often shape the way we eat as an adult. Even in adulthood, sweet treats are used as a celebration or reward for good behaviour.

Diabetes.org.uk says that it is not known exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but it isn’t linked to lifestyle, so sugar doesn’t directly cause the condition. The question of whether sugar directly causes type 2 diabetes is complicated as sugar encourages weight gain, which is a cause of type 2 diabetes.

While sweets do not cause you to develop diabetes, foods with a high glycaemic index, like processed cakes or cookies, raise your blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycaemic index. Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which play roles in poor wellbeing. An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems, and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions. For these reasons, added sugar should be kept to a minimum whenever possible.

If you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, managing your processed sweet intake is a must. Sweets drastically increase the number of carbohydrates you consume, and these are liable to raise your blood sugar levels. Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets which are processed to extract the sugar. Low-fat foods are the worst offenders, like sweets, as manufacturers use sugar to add flavour. Most of the processed foods we eat, including sweets, add calories and sugar with a pointless amount of nutritional value.


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