As a contract food services company in business for decades, we realize the importance diet plays in managing diabetes or lowering the risk of developing the condition. This year, Diabetes Alert Day falls on March 28. The most common type of diabetes is Type 2, which occurs when someone’s body is insulin resistant and doesn’t use insulin properly. Unmanaged, type 2 diabetes and the high blood sugar associated with this chronic illness can result in problems or damage involving the kidneys, nerves, blood vessels, eyes, and heart.
Exercise, taking medications as prescribed, and proper diet can go a long way toward avoiding complications that often result from diabetes. It’s important for those with the illness to consume a diet that is rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables; however, eating at regular intervals is also essential. Those with type 2 diabetes should not skip meals, and should also eat foods that are low in sugar.
What foods should you avoid if you’re diabetic? Processed lunch meat, chips, sweets, sugary cereals, white bread, baked goods, deep-fried foods, and those containing trans fats are a few examples of foods you should avoid as much as possible. Most fast foods and processed/packaged foods found in supermarkets are not healthy choices for those with type 2 diabetes.
Perhaps you have type 2 diabetes, or suspect you may be at risk if the illness runs in your family or you’re overweight and consume unhealthy foods. You can take a free risk test at the American Diabetes Association website to learn if you’re at an increased risk. Diabetes Alert Day is an annual event that’s essentially a “wake-up” call so Americans can determine their risk for developing this serious disease.
Gourmet Services, Inc. is a contract food services company in Atlanta serving the restaurant, education, corporate dining, and concession sectors for more than 40 years. When it comes to excellence in taste, nutrition, quality, and service, count on Gourmet Services.