Diabetes type 2 is a common condition that affects about 3.3 million people in the UK.
The condition, which causes high blood sugar, may be caused by obesity, or not getting enough exercise.
You could lower your risk of diabetes type 2 by making some diet or lifestyle changes.
One of the best ways to avoid the high blood sugar condition is to avoid eating raisins, it’s been claimed.
While everyone should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables everyday, diabetes patients should steer clear of raisins, according to nutritionist Joy Bauer.
While they’re still better than snacking on biscuits or cake, raisins could still lead to a spike in blood sugar.
That’s because when they’re dried, their sugars become concentrated, said Bauer.
“Eating raisins or other dried fruits may be a better option than snacking on cookies, but it’ll still spike your blood sugar,” she said.
“Why? During the dehydration process, fruits’ natural sugars become very concentrated, causing an unhealthy elevation in blood sugar when they are rapidly absorbed by the body.
“Just one more reason to stick with whole, fresh fruit options like grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, and peaches.”
If patients do decide to eat raisins, around 30g counts as a single portion, said Diabetes UK.
Despite the blood sugar warning, raisins are a good source of iron, which helps to carry oxygen around the body.
Be sure to balance carbohydrate intake with fat and protein, to avoid significant blood sugar spikes.
Diabetes patients should also avoid drinking sweetened fruit juices, the nutritionist added.
While they offer more benefits than fizzy drinks, fruit juices can be “chock full of fruit sugar”, and may cause a sharp spike in blood sugar, she added.
Diabetes type 2 is caused by the body not producing enough insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Common symptoms include unexplained weight loss, passing more urine than normal, and feeling very tired.
It’s a lifelong condition, and may require taking medicine, having regular check-ups, or making diet changes.
Managing blood sugar is crucial for diabetes patients, as they’re more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and nerve damage.
Speak to a GP if you’re concerned about diabetes signs or symptoms.