Diabetes type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in the UK, and symptoms may include feeling very thirsty, urinating more frequently than usual and blurred vision, before diagnosis.
Medication may be required as the condition progresses, but making simple lifestyle changes to your diet can help control your blood glucose levels.
The NHS advises you eat a wide range of foods – including fruit, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta.
Sugar, fat and salt should be kept to a minimum, and you should eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – don’t skip meals.
When it comes to your first meal of the day, nothing may sound better than a bacon sandwich. But if you want to control your blood sugar levels, the popular breakfast treat should be avoided, according to Diabetes.co.uk.
Diabetes type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in the UK, and symptoms may include feeling very thirsty, urinating more frequently than usual and blurred vision, before diagnosis
It says: “The reason being that it is so often a deceptively processed food. Read the back of the pack of bacon and you’ll most likely be faced with a list of preservatives.
“Researchers are yet to fully understand why processed meats are so bad for us but the statistics repeatedly show a significant increase in risks of bowel cancer, heart disease and even type 2 sites associated with processed meats.
“Note that processed eats include burgers, sausages, hotdogs and store bought hams.”
A healthier alternative these meats is simply unprocessed red meat.
The research organisation adds: “Healthier options are larger cuts of meat that you can roast and slice yourself.
Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Be careful what you eat for breakfast
Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Bacon has been shown to significantly increase blood sugar
“Instead of bacon, look for belly pork and check to make sure there are no added sauces or unwanted ingredients.
“Chop or slice belly pork finely for a healthier alternative to bacon.”
Bupa says eating carbohydrates can make your blood sugar shoot up. So another popular breakfast item that falls under this category should also be avoided.
Speaking to Prevention, Matthew Freeby MD, director of the Gonda Diabetes Center at UCLA Health, said bagels should be crossed off the menu.
He explained: “Many of my patients with diabetes think about sugar as being the worst thing that’s impacting their blood sugar, but it’s really about carbohydrates.
Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Carbohydrates like bagels can also make blood sugar spike
“I tell them to look at nutrition labels for the total carbohydrate content, not just the sugar content.
“Donuts and bagels made with refined and processed grains are major sources of blood-sugar-spiking carbs.”
Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems if left untreated or not treated properly.
The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.
Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.