Junk Food and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on October 14, 2018

Fast food

Occasionally, practically everyone might feel like they have to have some fast food. You might need junk food to satisfy a craving, or simply because you don't always have the time you need to fix a proper meal, or wait for food in a restaurant. While eating healthy in a fast food joint can be difficult, the problem is particularly vexing for sufferers of type 2 diabetes. If you need to grab a quick bite at one of America's many fast-food restaurants, here are some tips from your local family medical centers in Suffolk County, NY.

Times Have Changed

It wasn't long ago when fast-food restaurants only served hamburgers and fries, and were always trying to get you to order the biggest serving possible. Thankfully, due to pressure from consumers, nearly all restaurant chains offer some kind of healthy alternatives to their regular menus. If you have the time and the options to choose from several places, take a look at prospective menus in advance. This will save you time from have to visit several restaurants until you find what you like.


Often a good option for sufferers of type 2 diabetes, make sure to order thin crust options. Also, order toppings that lean heavily on vegetables instead of fatty meats and cheeses. To keep yourself eating too much, consider a smaller portion - such as a single slice - and pair it with a side salad to prevent spikes in your blood sugar levels.


Mexican Food

Mexican-style fast food places have pretty good options for those with restricted diets. Items such as tacos, burritos and wraps are both delicious and acceptable for those type 2 diabetes. Many places offer whole wheat options for tacos and burritos, so ask to substitute whole wheat tortillas whenever possible. While it may be tempting, definitely steer clear of any meals that are deep fried, and top your meals with as many vegetables as you can. Also, adding a scoop of guacamole is a good way to add filling and healthy vegetable fats.

Most Places have Salad Bars

Look for fast food places that offer salad bars. You can get creative and put together healthy and delicious salads as long as you keep it light on the dressing. Oftentimes, it's the dressing that contains the most fat and sugar. If you like, bulk up your salad with proteins by adding nuts, lean meats or extras like hummus and cottage cheese.

Things to Avoid

If you feel you have no choice but to have a burger, make it a single, and go for chicken and turkey patties whenever possible. Also, a lot of places will had extra buttery bread such as croissants and large muffins. Avoid these, and pass on dessert while you're at it. 

Taking the small steps necessary to minimize the negative effects of eating fast food will mean better health and fewer regrets in the future. If for any reason you don't feel well or notice a wild swing in your blood sugar, don't hesitate to visit one of the urgent medical centers in Suffolk County, NY. Contact the team at Peconic Bay Medical Center for more tips on healthy eating.