When it comes to diabetes management and diabetes reversal, the choice of fruits can have a significant impact. While fruits are generally considered healthy, certain factors need to be considered to determine which fruits are suitable for diabetics. In this blog, we explore the connection between fruit consumption and infections, the role of pancreatic function in fruit selection, and highlight specific fruits that diabetics should avoid.
The Relationship Between Fruit Consumption and Infections
In the context of diabetes, excessive fruit consumption can inadvertently provide nourishment to infections within the body. Pathogenic microbes thrive on sugars, and the sugars present in fruits can serve as a food source for these infections. These infections can lead to gut dysbyosis thereby causing imbalances in the blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. As a result, it is sometimes advisable to temporarily eliminate certain types of fruits to limit the food supply for these infections, despite their overall nutritional value for the body.
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Considering Pancreatic Function in Fruit Selection
Understanding the state of pancreatic function is crucial in determining which fruits are suitable for diabetics. Glucose and ketones are the two energy providers for cells. If insulin production is normal, glucose levels from food are adequately absorbed. However, in cases of reduced insulin production, it may be necessary to shift to a diet rich in fats and proteins, as ketones derived from these sources do not require insulin. This approach helps limit glucose production and reduces the reliance on insulin.
Fruits to Avoid in Diabetes
The question then arises, what fruits diabetics should avoid? These include pineapple, red apples (which can be replaced with green apples), oranges and citrus fruits, yellow bananas, grapes, mangoes (in moderation), and chikoo (sapota). These are fruits high in sugar and are know to spike blood sugar levels significantly upon consumption, and it is recommended to avoid them until HbA1c levels consistently remain below diabetic levels.
Selecting the right fruits for diabetes management requires careful consideration. The connection between fruit consumption and infections, along with the role of pancreatic function, must be taken into account. By avoiding fruits with high glycemic index values and considering individual diabetes type and pancreatic function, individuals can make informed choices to support their diabetes management goals.