Working Tips to Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels
How To Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels
Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that can be effectively controlled and even reversed by changing the way you live. This revolves around two aspects of your daily life; your diet, and physical activity. Living with diabetes can be managed properly by observing several actionable tips.
This is the most important aspect of managing your blood sugar. You can put in place a diet plan that involves:
• Cutting back on processed carbs
Avoid processed carbohydrates with high glycemic (high sugar content), for example, white bread. Go for carbs from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains like brown rice or millet. Ideally, only 10% of your daily calorie intake should come from carbs.
• More good fats
The good thing with fats is that for a diabetic, they will keep you energetic while keeping your blood sugar low. This is because fats are broken down in a longer period than carbs. These good fats also make you feel full for longer avoiding the need to snack. Get these good fats from nuts, seafood, coconut and organic butter.
• More fiber in the diet
A fiber-rich diet is good for your digestion and raises your blood sugar at a controlled rate. Get this fiber from legumes, vegetables, and whole grains.
• More probiotics and vitamins
Probiotics are foods containing healthy bacteria. These bacteria are useful in keeping a healthy gut which is able to improve glucose metabolism. They have been shown to reduce insulin resistance. Unflavored low-fat yogurt is a good probiotic.
Vitamins enable better insulin utility which improves glucose metabolism. They also boost body immunity. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins B3, B6, B12, C, and D. diabetics also need vitamins E and K.
• Eating smaller portions
Smaller portions place a lower blood sugar load in the body. It is better to eat 4-5 small portions in a day than 3 large ones.
Staying physically active encourages the body to metabolize blood sugar for energy. Simple exercises like a brisk walk for 45 minutes a day, will see great improvement in mobility, flexibility and weight management.
Blood glucose testing
Blood sugar testing is an important aspect of managing diabetes. You need to test to know how different meals, supplements and, medication affect your blood sugar. You also need to see the effect of physical activities. Blood sugar levels taken over a certain duration, e.g. 1 month, tell you how effectively you are managing your condition.
You should take tests as per the doctor’s recommendations, and instructions. This could be a few times a day in case you are using insulin to control blood sugar.
When picking a blood glucose monitor to test blood sugar, pick one according to ease of operation, speed and accuracy of results, and safety.
Taking action in these three areas of diabetes management can reverse the effects of diabetes and see your quality of life vastly improved.