Today is World Diabetes Day, commemorated under the theme: ‘Access to diabetes care.’
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when the body cannot effectively regulate blood sugar levels. There are two main types of diabetes: type-1 and type-2. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, or when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. This is often associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity.
Both types of diabetes can cause high blood sugar levels, leading to serious health problems for different organs and systems. Some foods can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, especially if eaten too much or as part of an unhealthy diet.
Here are five foods that can increase your risk of diabetes:
1. Refined grains
2. Dairy products with high fat
3. Artificial sweetened beverages
4. Processed meats
5. Fried foods