Foods to avoid when pre-diabetic

Pre-diabetes is a serious ailment that can be treated and often reversed simply by making an adjustment to lifestyle and avoiding certain foods. Blood sugar levels may return to normal ranges after the incorporation of exercise and diet modification.

Fried Foods

Avoid eating fried foods, especially those fried with hydrogenated oils, which raise bad cholesterol levels in the body. Instead of using hydrogenated oils, use canola or olive oil for frying food at home. These oils are less harmful to the pre-diabetic body.

Sugar-Laden Foods

Limit sugar-laden foods, as these can be very harmful if you are pre-diabetic. Avoid white sugar, ice cream, doughnuts, chocolates, cookies and pastries. Usually, any type of food that has been sweetened should be avoided by a pre-diabetic.

Fruit Juices

Pre-diabetics should avoid drinking fruit juices, as they are high in sugar and carbohyrdates. Eat a piece of whole fruit instead to provide the body with fibre.


Limit drinking alcohol if you are pre-diabetic. Consuming alcohol can lead to a condition called hypoglycaemia, especially if taken on an empty stomach. Excess alcohol use can damage the liver, making it very difficult for a diabetic to control blood sugar levels in the body.

High Cholesterol Foods

High cholesterol foods should be avoided by those suffering from pre-diabetes. Diabetes already lowers the good cholesterol levels in the body, and simultaneously raises bad cholesterol. This action makes a pre-diabetic especially susceptible to heart disease. Limit the consumption of egg yolks and high fat dairy items.

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Valery Elias has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has appeared in the "Savannah Business Journal," and she has experience as an independent secretarial contractor, proofreader and executive sales assistant for Fortune 500 companies. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa.