When you were first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you learned the extra weight you put on over many years, played a large role in you developing type 2. Carrying fat around your abdominal area led to your insulin becoming less effective ... this is known as insulin resistance, meaning your body had to produce more and more insulin to control your blood sugar levels.
Eventually your pancreas could not produce enough insulin and your blood sugar levels started to rise. This is the point at which your type 2 diabetes occurred. Whilst sweet foods did not in themselves cause this condition, excess calories of any kind, sweets, cake, potatoes, sugary drinks and alcohol, or maybe not enough physical activity together with eating too much food, is clearly related to being overweight or obese. Add to this a genetic flaw and obesity makes you more likely to develop type 2.
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Now you are at this stage you find you need to watch what you eat. Most people like fruit, and yes, you can eat fruit but you need to watch the amount and type you eat.
Eating fruits that contain high fructose or high fruit sugar levels, can lead to problems. This would be like eating pure sugar and pure sugar has a GI value of 100 and eating carbohydrates with a GI value that high would certainly negatively affect your blood sugar levels.
Actually health care practitioners who once believed all fruit was good for the body, have reconsidered that idea and can now see it's the glycemic index of the fruit that matters most. Fruits that rank high on the GI scale include:
- raisins, they are even higher than grapes
- very ripe peaches and nectarines
- cantaloupe and watermelon (but because they are primarily water you can eat one cup of them without having to worry about spiking blood sugar levels)
Lower ranking fruits include:
- dried apricots
The key is simply select the best carbohydrate fruits ... low-GI, which are equal to fifty-five per cent or less on a carbohydrate ranking. Know which fruits have a high glycemic index and which ones it would be wise to eat in moderation:
- half cup pineapple,
- 10 grapes,
- 2 tablespoons raisins,
- a half a large peach or ripe nectarine
This is one of the ways you start to gain control over your blood sugar levels.
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Be careful though ... even if the carbohydrate you are eating is low GI, you will not be able to get away with eating too much of it. Your blood sugars will not improve and you may not lose any of that extra weight!
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.