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Your body reacts differently to various foods. Some carbohydrates, for example, may raise your blood sugar levels in a way that could increase your risk for diabetes.
“Generally speaking, we should fill our shopping baskets with fresh produce and sources of lean protein, and try to avoid the highly processed chips, cookies and other junk foods,” said Dr. Michael Martin, internal medicine/pediatrics department at Sharp Rees-Stealy Carmel Valley.
White Versus Whole Grain
Research shows that starchy carbohydrates, which are low in fiber, may increase the risk of diabetes in some people. For example, white bread, white rice and potatoes are linked to higher risk because the body digests these foods quickly, which raises blood sugar levels. On the other hand, research shows that high-fiber foods, such as bran cereal, beans and whole-wheat bread tend to keep blood sugar levels low because they are digested more slowly.
“I always recommend to my patients that they choose natural, high fiber, low glycemic-index foods over the highly processed, low fiber, high glycemic-index foods,” said Dr. Martin. “While it is fine to enjoy a dessert or treat from time to time, the bulk of our diet should be made up of these unprocessed, fiber-rich foods.”
How to Fiber Up
Here are some tips to add more fiber to your diet:
If you add too much fiber to your diet, you may develop gas and stomach problems, so always consult your physician before making any dietary changes.
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's diabetes services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego endocrinologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about diabetes, visit Diabetes Care in Adult Health or read the Diabetes News archive.