6 proven tips for lowering blood sugar - Eat this, not that

6 proven tips for lowering blood sugar – Eat this, not that

Managing blood sugar is vital to your overall health, especially when you have diabetes, to help prevent serious issues like vision loss, kidney damage, and heart disease. Hyperglycemia occurs when there is too much sugar in the blood and not enough insulin, and as a result causes worrying symptoms like blurred vision, headaches, increased urination and in some cases , vomiting, rapid heartbeat, confusion and coma. Hyperglycemia is over 125mg/dL while not eating for at least eight hours and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke to experts who share tips on how to lower blood sugar. As always, please consult your doctor for medical advice. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Carewell’s nursing consultant, Kiera Powell, RN tells us, “IBuild at least 20 minutes of dancing, walking, swimming or cycling into your daily routine. It can help lower blood sugar.”

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Powell reminds us, “Exercise is an important part of blood sugar management. To exercise Regularly strengthens your heart, allowing it to pump more blood with less effort, which decreases pressure on the arteries and lowers blood pressure. According to CDCAt least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week is essential for blood sugar regulation.”

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Powell explains: “If you have been diagnosed with chronic high blood sugar, prediabetes or diabetes (type one or two), it is important that you check your blood sugar regularly and follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor. In some cases, blood sugar cannot be regulated without the help of specific medications, so it is essential to take them as prescribed to prevent complications.”

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Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of candida diet says, “The kidneys are the primary means by which the body eliminates excess sugar. By staying hydrated, the kidneys work more efficiently in this process. When we are dehydrated, our glucose levels can begin to rise, leading to low blood sugar Drinking plenty of water also helps rehydrate the blood, which helps maintain blood sugar balance rather than rapid highs and lows.Water is the preferred source of hydration, especially for people with diabetes, rather than turning to sugar-filled sports drinks, are hydration options available on the market, but always check that they do not contain added sugars or excess carbohydrates.”

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Trista BestMPH, RD, LD shares, “Foods high in soluble fiber are a great way to manage blood sugar levels by preventing or reducing glucose spikes. Soluble fiber is able to improve insulin sensitivity by being a source food for beneficial bacteria in the gut When the gut microbiome is balanced these bacteria are better able to digest food and dampen the insulin response This form of fiber will also slow absorption sugar by the body and thus prevent spikes in blood sugar.By slowing the rate of absorption, cells can adapt to insulin and thus mitigate the rapid rise and fall in blood sugar.Food sources of Soluble fibers include legumes, oats, avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, flax seeds, carrots and apples, to name a few.

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According to Powell, “A nutritious and well-balanced diet is an effective way to control diabetes. Avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats, such as fried foods, and anything with high levels of salt and sugar. Keep an eye out for sugary drinks, too, because we often don’t think about how much sugar is in drinks like juices, sodas, alcoholic beverages, and sports drinks. Healthy fats, like salmon, nuts, and seeds, are also great ways to help regulate blood sugar.”

Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather is currently a freelancer for several publications. Learn more about Heather

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