Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Lower your Blood Glucose - Tips to Control Your Blood Sugar


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How to Lower your Blood Glucose - Tips to Control Your Blood Sugar

If you want to maintain your long term and short term health as a diabetic, controlling your blood sugar is extremely important. To achieve this, you must make healthier eating choices, become physically active, manage your stress and take medication which lower your blood glucose (according to your medical professional)

Here are some tips for you to control your blood sugar levels:

Make Healthy Eating A Lifestyle Choice
Although there isn’t a “one-size-fits” all approach to lowering your blood sugar with your diet, you will need to make a conscious decision to eat healthier and make it a part of your lifestyle. This  could involve choosing healthier alternatives for certain foods, controlling portion size, reducing your sugar intake, minimizing your sodium intake and watching the amount of dietary fat you consume.

Watch Your Carb Intake
As a diabetic you will need to watch the type of carbohydrates that you eat. Carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index can raise your blood sugar dramatically which is not a good thing for you as a diabetic.These foods you should avoid include white bread, white pasta and white rice.

Instead look for carbs that are low GI (low on the glycemic index) as these will release glucose into your system at a steady rate. Examples of these foods include vegetables, fruit, legumes, low-fat dairy and whole grains.

Choose Foods That Are High in Fibre
Dietary fibre has a number of health benefits including helping your digestive system with regularity, reducing the blood fats that enter into your bloodstream, and also lowering your blood sugar levels and improving your insulin sensitivity. The recommended daily intake of dietary fibre is 25 grams. Some foods that are good sources of fibre include fruits, whole grains, vegetables and legumes.

Avoid High Calorie Sugary Drinks
This means sport drinks, coffee drinks, sweetened ice tea and carbonated soft drinks. The amount of sugar in these drinks is extremely high and they contain next to no nutritional benefit. It is best to avoid these drinks and drink water instead.

Use Portion Control
When trying to clean up your diet and control your caloric intake portion control is one of the bigger challenges you will face. It is easy to eat too much food - and this even applies to healthy foods such as pasta, fish and chicken.

The excess calories will be stored as body fat which is negative for a diabetic.

Try using everyday objects as a measure for portion control. For example, your protein portion not being larger than the size of your fist, or not eating more than one cup of rice.


By following these tips you will be able to lower your blood glucose and control your blood sugar levels.

3 comments:

  1. Our family has a history of diabetes and it means we are at high risk of getting the disease. We’re very aware of the risks that’s why we’re trying to stay healthy by following the very same tips you’ve listed in the article. Let me just say that it’s difficult in the first few weeks, but once your body gets used to it, living healthy gets much easier. I do encourage everyone to read up about diabetes or visit sites such as your “get rid of diabetes” website because it’s chockful of information that may help beat the disease.

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  2. It's so vital to eat a healthy diet. While you should take these measures to assist with diabetes, you can also take the same measures to prevent it. Learn about diabetes before your immune system is too broken down and lets it pass through. It's never too late to take charge of your health.

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  3. Recently I watched a documentary on sugar consumption, I think it was called Fed Up. It really showed me how bad sugary foods are for the health. If you haven't watched it yet, I definitely recommend it (it's on netflix). It also mentions how you need to eat fiber when eating sugary foods, which I found really interesting.

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