16 Sneaky Foods That Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

By Eloïse Reyns / Nutrition / November 9th, 2019

This article was medically reviewed by Zainab Sikander, Doctor Of Physical Therapy. Zainab is a professional medical writer. She has written over 100 articles on medical, health, nutrition and psychology topics. She is a also a self-published medical author.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder caused by the deficiency of the pancreatic hormone, insulin, or due to the inability of your body to effectively use the insulin. Both scenarios result in dangerously high levels of blood sugar resulting in diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes:

• type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas.
• type 2 diabetes, a condition that we develop when we age, where the body stops producing sufficient insulin.
In both types, because the body does not have enough insulin, it is unable to break glucose down into energy, causing a variety of problems within our bodies.

In the World, 462 million individuals are affected by type 2 diabetes which constitutes 6.3% of the world’s population. But the good news is, it is possible to manage type 2 diabetes through healthy eating, regular exercise, and achieving a healthy body weight.

Indeed, people’s daily habits and routines contribute heavily to increasing their risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating processed foods or ready meals can do more harm than you think, as they often contain added sugar. But those are not the only foods that can spike your blood sugar level. There are countless food products, both natural and processed, that could be extremely dangerous for your blood sugar levels.

Being able to identify and restrict these unhealthy foods can really help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. So, read on for the foods you need to avoid to keep your blood sugar in check.

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