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10 everyday things that increase your blood sugar level (Slide Show)

Here is a list of things diabetics should stay away from.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : October 7, 2016 11:10 AM IST



Stress is undoubtedly a known risk factor of diabetes. But things that you do daily like watching TV, drinking fruit juices and even skipping breakfast can make your blood sugar levels to splurge. Don’t miss the last slide!


Skipping Breakfast

1. Skipping breakfast: Be it getting late to office or ate a heavy dinner last night, you should never skip your breakfast. Because being on an empty stomach for long triggers your blood sugar levels to rise and also weakens the insulin response. The findings were detailed in the journal Diabetes Care. Also Read - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Why Is The First Day Of Workout So Tough?




Daytime Naps

3. Daytime naps: Love afternoon siestas? Beware as it might be unknowing putting you at high risk of diabetes reveal a study presented by European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). Longer daytime nap of an hour or more increases your risk by 46 % whereas a short nap was found to cause no adverse effects. Also Read - All Contraceptive Pills Slightly Increase Risk of Breast Cancer: Study



4. Working in shifts: If you thought that accepting a job that requires you to work in shifts you are increasing your risk of diabetes. And if you are a woman or belong to African-American race and work in night shift, the risk increases further. The risk is 17 % for 1-2 years; 23 % for 3-9 years and 42 percent for 10 or more years of night shift work.



5. Drinking soda: Did you know that drinking a glass of soda or sweetened beverages every day causes your blood sugar levels to splurge? Because they contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that increases the blood levels of fructose (a form of sugar), as reported by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). Also Read - Sugar-Free Cocktails: 9 Refreshing Summer Drinks For Diabetics



6. Consuming packaged fruit juices: Yes, even fruit juices are not a healthy option for diabetics. Because they are loaded with sugar that increases your blood sugar level and also increases insulin resistance. So better eat a fruit rather than sipping its juice.



8. Smoking: Smoking is known to increase your risk of respiratory ailments and heart disease but only few know that it can also increase your blood sugar levels. It increases your blood pressure, which in turn causes health complications in diabetics.



9. Potatoes: Don’t shun this humble vegetable from your diet completely but eat in moderation. Although high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre, potatoes are high on the glycemic index, which means they can raise the blood glucose levels quickly. So rather than eating a bowl of boiled potatoes, add them to a vegetable curry or salad. Also Read - Influenza: 6 At-Home Remedies For Faster Recovery



10, Coffee: If you are hypertensive, better keep a tab on your blood sugar level by lowering your intake of coffee. Because, drinking excess of coffee causes detrimental effects on glucose metabolism and in turn, lead to fluctuations in your blood sugar level. The findings were presented at the ESC Congress.