These sugary starchy vegetables should be avoided, Malkoff-Cohen says. They contain more carbohydrates. “Even though they have complex carbs, which are better for you, they don’t have enough protein to balance out the carbs,” Malkoff-Cohen says. “You can always have more protein, but never more carbs.”
“Simple carbs are sugar,” Malkoff-Cohen says. These low-quality carbs are broken down quickly and turn into sugar in the body right away. Avoid processed and refined sugars such as candy, table sugar, syrups, and soft drinks because they provide no vitamins, minerals or fiber.
They usually have too much salt. “This is bad for your kidneys,” Malkoff-Cohen says. “In diabetic patients, the walls of the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged and salt only makes things worse.” It leads to high blood pressure, which will kill the kidneys slowly, she adds. Their function is reduced and they cannot clean the body properly. “One the kidneys go, and then it’s dialysis,” she says.
“Some may be sugar-free but they are not carbs-free,” Malkoff-Cohen says. They are still made with flour and have processed carbs that will increase your blood sugar levels. White or wheat flours are basically the same as far as diabetics are concerned, she adds. They will still raise your blood sugar levels. “Almond flour is better because it has more protein and is made of almond, not grain,” she says.
“Diabetes is all about carbs,” Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. No medical prescription can fix a bad diet. The condition requires daily maintenance – monitoring blood sugar levels, eating healthy and exercising are crucial. Managing your weight is a lot more serious than simply looking and feeling good. Watching your diet can be a matter of life and death.