Lowering Blood Sugar

Lowering blood sugar is a challenging task if you have been newly diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic and need to exercise diet control. If you are in the pre-diabetic range you should try and lower your blood sugar and prevent the sugar levels from rising and going into full-blown diabetic range. Remember, diabetes cannot be cured and has to be managed and controlled as it is a serious disease and not a minor ailment.

Lowering Blood SugarYou should also check your sugar levels regularly – you can do the tests at home with a simple sugar testing machine and get the results within a few seconds – if you have a family history of diabetes or you have any of the risk factors associated with diabetes.

It can be a real shock, particularly if you have never watched what you ate or bothered about calorie counts and health foods. Suddenly it would seem that you are being asked to make dietary changes in line with your health.

How Do You Go About Lowering Blood Sugar?

If you are in the pre-diabetic range and before you are put on oral medication or insulin, your doctor will advise you to keep your blood sugar in the lower normal range as much as possible. You can do this by:

  • Eating low glycemic foods
  • Having high fiber foods
  • Eating whole grains and complex carbohydrates
  • Avoiding refined sugar in any form
  • Reducing the fat content of your diet
  • Avoiding empty calorie beverages like sodas
  • Reducing the quantity of starchy foods like potatoes, yams, bread and baked goods made from refined flour
  • Incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Reducing red meats
  • Switching over to good fats like olive oil or canola oil
  • Avoiding fried foods (so fries and doughnuts are out)
  • Avoiding processed foods, junk foods, ready to eat foods

You will have to change your dietary habits if your eating habits lean towards ready to eat foods, burger, pizzas and fries. As a bonus these small changes will make you healthier and more energetic and help you lose weight if you have a weight problem.

Does Sugar Cause a Problem in Diabetics?

Problem in DiabeticsWhether you take insulin, oral medication or are pre-diabetic, sugar per se will not cause a problem as long it is balanced with the insulin. If you don’t eat sugar at all and think you will never get diabetes you are wrong as diabetes is caused by a number of factors. However, sugar can contribute to weight gain if not part of a healthy diet and obesity is a contributory cause of diabetes.

Carbohydrates are also broken down into sugars; carbohydrates are a necessary source of energy for the body, but over-indulgence in carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels in pre-diabetics and diabetics. For diabetics, lowering blood sugar and keeping levels stable is an important part of managing the disease.

When you choose carbohydrate rich foods, you should choose the foods that have a low glycemic index as these release their sugars slowly, allowing the body enough time to absorb them. Empty sugar foods, on the other hand, result in spikes in blood sugar levels,` which are not good for health as, in the long run, it can cause insulin resistance, opening the path to diabetes.

The Importance of Exercise in Diabetes

Exercise has many benefits as it improves cardiovascular health and keeps you fit and toned. Plus exercise burns calories so helps in lowering blood sugar levels. Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes for five days a week. You don’t have to go to the gym, you can start by walking or running and on weekends take part in some sporting activity whether it is biking, hiking or playing soccer with your buddies or children. Another benefit of exercise is that it improves insulin sensitivity, helping in diabetes.

You can manage your health whether you have diabetes or not as long as you have the right medications and the correct balance of food and exercise, which will help in lowering blood sugar levels.

 

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