13 best and worst foods for people with diabetes

the ONA take:

Chronic diseases do not go on hiatus when people develop cancer. For example, patients with diabetes present with additional challenges to maintaining their nutritional health. Side effects such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, changes in the sense of taste, or fatigue may disrupt patients’ eating patterns.

However, some foods recommended to help patients with cancer cope with nutritional challenges, such as fruit smoothies, may be a poor choice for those patients who also have diabetes.

Patients with diabetes need to watch what they eat to control their diabetes, and familiarity with appropriate food substitutions can help oncology nurses provide optimal nutrition options for this subgroup of patients.

This article discusses foods people with diabetes should avoid and why, and offers substitutions that can help these patients replenish their nutritional losses as well as manage their diabetes.

13 best and worst foods for people with diabetes
Side effects such as nausea, changes in taste, or fatigue may disrupt patients’ eating patterns.

If you have diabetes, watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. "The basic goal of nutrition for people with diabetes is to avoid blood sugar spikes," said Dr. Gerald Bernstein, director of the diabetes management program at Friedman Diabetes Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Candy and soda can be dangerous for diabetics because the body absorbs these simple sugars almost instantly.

But all types of carbs need to be watched, and foods high in fat—particularly unhealthy fats—are problematic as well because people with diabetes are at very high risk of heart disease, said Sandy Andrews, RD, director of education for the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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