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Top 5 Foods People With Diabetes Should Avoid

These are the foods you should avoid eating. Some will be obvious, some will be not, but going through this list and keeping these ingredients as foods non grata will help you stay focused on your diabetes management!

Added sugar. It’s self-evident, but let’s distinguish between two sugars. Most of the time you will hear doctors or friends saying “stay away from the sugar” but that’s not necessarily the truth. You want to stay away from added sugars, which are found in soft drinks, juices, yogurts, ketchup, pasta sauces. Try to avoid it because it’s pro-inflammatory and it will spike your blood sugar. Also, learn more about hidden sugars and where to find them.

Processed carbohydrates. Processed grains, such as white rice and potato/corn starches, absorb all of the carbohydrates in your food. They’re not complex, they’re fiberless and they will also spike your blood sugar. Healthy carbs are the way to go.

Fried foods. Or just plain fast food. When you deep fry at such high temperatures with so much oil and fat, you must understand that fat puts you at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes. A crushing combo is sweet things such as doughnuts. Imagine eating something sweet, plus deep-fried, you’re getting triple trouble: added sugar + processed carbs + fat. Onion rings, french fries, fried meat, unfortunately, you should say goodbye to these tasty treats. Fat will muck up your cells and cause issues functioning properly with insulin.

Dairy. It’s more difficult with dairy. If you have diabetes, you can easily consume dairy products as long as you’re doing it in moderation. It’s okay if products are without added sugars and flavors. It could be a low-fat variety of yogurts, skim, fat-free milk, etc. Be aware because lactose can definitely raise up your blood glucose.

Processed meat. It is a group 1 carcinogen, which means you should avoid it at all costs. Also, it’s causing more inflammation in your body, and a lot of times with meat you’re getting endotoxin that affects the boost of inflammation. What do we mean by processed foods? Hotdogs, any meat in the can, lunch meat (full of nitrites, preservatives, poor quality meat).

While it may appear difficult to avoid these unavoidable ingredients, it is entirely possible by reading labels, keeping in mind the harm that added sugars and other condiments can cause, and attempting to substitute healthier alternatives.

As a person with diabetes, you might struggle with your diet and daily food choices. Klinio app specializes in personalized diabetes management, providing a customized meal plan created according to your preferences and carrying a precalculated nutritional value.


  1. I love looking through an article that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  2. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My A1C is 6.2 I was talking Glipizide 5mg but it lowers my blood sugar too much so I don’t take it anymore. I am trying to eat the right foods but I need help to control without medication. Please help me to do so.

    1. Hi there, Befsonie!

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. 🙂

      We would kindly invite you to check out the quiz on the Klinio website – you can choose a bunch of preferences for food that suit you and it will help you find the best diet that’s suited just for you.

      Here’s the link to the quiz: https://klinio.com/startnow/ele

      Best wishes,
      My Diabetes Team

  3. I have tried lots of pills and products does not seem to help my diabetes I sure appreciate help on some kind of diet or product to take the big R need to help

    1. Hi there, Dennis!

      Thank you for the comment. 🙂

      In that case, we would recommend you to check Klinio out, at least the quiz itself! Maybe you will find it worthwhile and interesting.

      Here’s the link in case you need it: https://klinio.com/en/startnow

      Best wishes,
      MyDiabetes Team

  4. I would like more information

    1. Hello there, Susan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Klinio app is a virtual assistant that offers features that help to take care of your current health condition. It includes a personalized meal plan, a pre-made grocery list, a virtual assistant, and more.
      You can read more here about app features here: https://bit.ly/klinioappfeatures

      Let us know if you have more questions!

      MyDiabetes Team

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