Does Cheese Raise Blood Sugar? (Anti Aging Diet Q&A)

Do you love eating cheese but have also been diagnosed with diabetes?

Do you want to know if eating cheese can raise your blood sugar levels?

Are you wondering whether you need to avoid eating cheese or if you can pair it safely with some other foods?

If you have diabetes and love cheese, we can give you all the answers you need to understand whether or not it is safe for you to eat cheese and how.

Today, we will first talk about why you need to be extra careful of eating certain types of foods that can cause a sudden spike in your blood sugar levels and how this can affect your health. We also talk if eating cheese can also do the same and if you need to remove it from your meal plan, and whether or not it causes a spike in your blood sugar levels. We also tell you a few reasons why eating too much cheese can be bad for your health and why you need to be careful, and also the types of foods that you can pair with cheese to make it safe and healthy for you.

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Why should diabetics be extra careful of food that cause spikes in blood sugar? How bad can this be for someone with blood sugar management problems?

If you have diabetes, your doctor or healthcare provider may have advised you to regularly monitor your blood sugar levels and most likely keep a daily log.

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  • This is something that is very important for your overall health, as your blood sugar levels can have a direct impact on your health especially when you also have diabetes. When your blood sugar levels go higher than what is recommended for you, the condition is known as hyperglycaemia.
  • When that happens and your diabetes is not controlled properly, you can be at a very high risk of some serious health issues such as heart diseases, blood vessel diseases and even a very high risk of heart attack, stroke, damage to the kidneys that can eventually lead to kidney failure and even peripheral artery disease.
  • When you have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, you have to be extra careful of the foods that you eat, as there are some foods that can cause a sudden rise in your blood sugar levels, and this can be really bad for your health.

Is cheese one of the foods that should be placed on the list of things to avoid for diabetics? 

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When you compare cheese to some other foods, it is very high in the amount of fat it has and also has a lot of calories in it which does not make it one of the best choices in foods if you have diabetes. However, if you make sure that you balance out your other foods when you are including cheese in your day’s food, you can still have it without increasing the risk to your health. Before you do so, however, do remember that eating it in moderation will keep it best for your health, especially when you have diabetes.

Can eating cheese cause spikes in your blood sugar levels?

Cheese is naturally low in its glycemic index (GI) and as a result it causes a slow release of glucose in your body, which will not cause a sudden or a very high rise in your blood glucose levels. However, in most cases, people end up consuming cheese with other foods, which actually makes the blood sugar levels go up.

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For instance, if you are eating a cheese platter, it will most of the time also contain other food items such as some types of fruits, some crackers, honey and so on, and eating these foods can definitely cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. That is why, when you have diabetes, you have to be extra careful of what you are eating along with the cheese and also keep in mind how much cheese you are eating.

While it may not cause a sudden spike in your blood sugar levels, here are a few reasons that do not make cheese one of the healthiest food choices for you, and why you need to keep your cheese intake to a moderate level if you have diabetes.

1. Contains a high amount of saturated fat:

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  • Cheese contains a very high amount of saturated fat especially when you compare it to the other foods. When you eat saturated fats in very small or moderate amounts, it does not cause any harm to your body and can actually be good for your health.
  • However, if you take too high amounts of saturated fats it can cause an excessive gain in weight, can increase your cholesterol levels and can also cause problems with your gall bladder. In some cases, it can also put you at a very high risk of heart problems.
  • According to experts, you should not have more than 10 percent of calorie in your daily diet, as it can otherwise cause a rise in the amount of saturated fats that you are having.
  • When you have diabetes and want to still have cheese, you can safely stay within this recommended level by restricting your cheese intake to not more than one serving of cheese in a day.
  • Also, when you have diabetes, you are already at a higher risk of developing heart related diseases, so it is even more important that you be very careful about the amount of saturated fats that you consume through your daily foods, and this also includes cheeses.

2. Has a high amount of sodium

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  • Cheese also contains a very high amount of sodium where you get about 174 mg of sodium in just an ounce of cheddar cheese.
  • When you already have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of heart related risks as well as problems with the kidney, and in such a cases, having foods that have a high amount of sodium can in fact increase your health risks even more.
  • In the case of diabetes, you should not have more than 1500 mg of sodium in a day. But if you get as much as 174 mg of it with just one ounce, you can go way higher than the recommended intake since you will also have other foods through the day that will add up to the overall sodium content.

What is the best thing to eat with cheese that isn’t high in carbs or sugar?

While eating too much of cheese is bad, eating it in moderation can be fine, as long as you watch your diet. If you love to eat cheese and don’t want to give up on eating it even if you have diabetes, a good way to do so is to combine it with foods that are high in their GI levels, as it will help to balance out the nutrients and the effect it has on your overall health.

For instance, you can eat cheese with an apple or have it with a snack that is made out of whole grain bread, or you may also combine it with a plate of fresh vegetables.

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