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The Best & Worst Foods for People with Diabetes

Today, we're exploring a topic that is crucial for managing diabetes: diet. What you eat plays a crucial role in managing your blood sugar, and making informed choices can significantly impact your health. So, let's discuss the best and worst foods for people with diabetes.

The best foods for diabetes

  • Non-starchy vegetables: Load your plate with leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. These veggies are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals but low in calories and carbohydrates, making them excellent choices to keep your blood sugar in check.

  • Whole grains: Opt for whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa and whole wheat bread over refined grains. They are a steady energy source and are rich in fiber, which slows down the digestion process and helps stablize blood sugar levels.

  • Lean proteins: Choose lean protein sources such as chicken breast, fish, tofu and legumes (i.e. lentils, black beans, etc.). Proteins are essential for muscle health and can help maintain steady blood sugar levels throughout the day.

  • Healthy fats: Incorporate sources of healthy fats into your diet, such as avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil. These fats can improve insulin sensitivity and keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, they're heart healthy!

  • Fruits: While fruits contain natural sugars, they are also packed with essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Opt for lower-sugar fruits like berries, apples, citrus fruits and melons, and enjoy them in moderation.

The worst foods for diabetes

  • Sugary beverages: Avoid soda, sweet tea, sugary juice and energy drinks. These beverages cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and offer little to no nutritional value.

  • Processed carbohydrates: Steer clear of white bread, sugary cereals and baked goods made with refined flour. These foods are high in refined sugars and can cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

  • Trans fats: Stay away from fried foods and baked goods containing trans fats, such as french fries, fried chicken and donuts. They can increase insulin resistance and contribute to heart disease.

  • High-sodium foods: Limit the amount of canned soups, processed meats and salty snacks in your diet. Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure, which is especially risky for people with diabetes.

  • Full-fat dairy: While dairy can be a part of a balanced diet, choose low-fat or fat-free options. Full-fat dairy products can be high in saturated fats, which can negatively affect insulin sensitivity and heart health.

Tips for diabetes-friendly meals

As you plan your meals, it's important to practice portion control. Pay attention to your portion sizes, as even healthy foods can raise blood sugar levels if eaten in excess. Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, and plan your meals and snacks in advance to make healthier choices easier. And finally, stay hydrated. Water is your best friend, so drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help with appetite control.

Remember, managing diabetes is about making informed choices and finding a balance that works for you. Consistency and moderation are key. By incorporating these dietary guidelines into your daily routine, you can take control of your health and better manage your diabetes. Here's to healthier eating and a healthier you!


About Odessa Medical Enterprises

We are the office of Dr. Khavar Dar, MD and Janette Ornelas, FNP-C, providing pulmonary, critical care and primary care to patients in Odessa, TX. At Odessa Medical Enterprises, we believe that compassion is crucial for effective treatment. Together, we consider it our mission to serve our community and beyond with the utmost care.


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