When it comes to managing type 2 diabetes, “it goes without saying that sugary drinks and sweetened foods, such as cereals, and energy drinks are ones to avoid for diabetics”, said Dr Norton. What you may not know, however, is that there are more “surprising” food choices that could be spiking blood sugar levels. For instance, Dr Norton identified fruit-flavoured yoghurt as one item you should avoid at all costs.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of fibre,” Dr Norton emphasised.
Dr Norton elaborated: “As fibre consumption slows down the digestion process, it helps control blood sugar levels.
“Foods such as beans, broccoli, avocados and apples (to name a few) are all great sources of fibre.”
As research demonstrates that most cases of diabetes are “heavily linked” to diet, Dr Norton feels strongly about what people choose to consume.
“There are definitely foods which I would suggest consuming over others,” she said.
This includes lean meat or meat alternatives for those who should avoid saturated and trans fats.
“While they can often be overlooked, vegetables form the basis of a healthy diet,” Dr Norton continued.
“They not only offer great sources of vitamins and minerals, but also fibre.”
This is because being overweight, or obese, is a risk factor for developing the condition.
“The first thing to do when embarking on your weight loss journey is to set realistic and small goals,” Dr Norton advised.
“Secondly, getting active is incredibly important. Low-impact activity such as walking is great for lowering blood glucose levels.”
As for those struggling to reduce calorie intake without lacking nutrition in their diet, Dr Norton recommends attending The Slimming Clinic.
The facility can “adapt a diet plan to suit your specific needs”, promote feelings of fullness, and help control your diabetes symptoms.