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7 Ways To Manage Blood Sugar Spikes

August 25, 2019


7 Ways To Manage Blood Sugar Spikes Blood sugar plays an important role in the
body’s overall health. When your body can’t effectively transport
sugar through your bloodstream, this can result in your blood sugar levels to rise. Occasionally, you can also experience sharp
spikes in blood pressure after you eat, causing your blood pressure to rise and fall suddenly. In the short term, these rapid spikes in blood
pressure can lead to unwelcome symptoms such as lethargy and hunger, but if left unchecked,
high blood pressure can potentially lead to more dangerous outcomes, such as the onset
of type 2 diabetes. With somewhere between 12 to 14 percent of
adults in the United States suffering from type 2 diabetes, are there any ways in which
you can work towards reducing your risk? Fortunately, there are several steps you can
take to lessen your risk for diabetes and other complications by getting your blood
sugar levels under control. Before we continue though, consider subscribing
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videos and content. Cut Out Carbs
When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks those carbs down into simple
sugars, which then enter your body’s bloodstream. As your blood sugar levels rise, a hormone
known as insulin is released by your pancreas, which allows the sugar to be absorbed by your
body’s cells. If you’re eating too many carbs on a regular
basis, or if your body has trouble producing insulin, this process of absorbing sugar into
your cells fails, and as a result, your blood glucose levels continue to rise, which can
lead to blood sugar spikes. By reducing your carb intake, you can similarly
reduce your spikes in blood sugar, which will, in turn, allow your body’s insulin to do
its job more effectively. This also means you should try to eat fewer
refined or processed carbs, such as sugars or refined grains, and instead focus on whole-grain
foods as well as fruits and vegetables as your source for carbohydrates instead. In addition to containing more nutritional
value than refined carbs, whole and unprocessed foods are also lower on the glycemic index,
meaning that they take longer for your body to digest. Because they don’t digest as quickly, unprocessed
foods also avoid causing your blood sugar to spike from rapid changes in your blood
sugar levels. To keep your blood sugar at manageable levels,
make sure that you don’t just reduce carbs, but also make sure that the carbs you are
eating are from healthier sources. 2. Eat Less Sugar
By the same token as the previous fact, processed foods are full of added sugars in the form
of sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup and various other additives. None of these added sugars contain any nutritional
value for your body and are merely empty calories; what’s more, these sugars are easily and
quickly broken down by your body and can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels as a result. Additionally, some studies have also indicated
that consuming too much sugar can also cause you to develop a resistance to insulin, which
can be another factor which results in diabetes. While it feels like we end up saying this
every video: always be sure to read the labels on the food you’re buying and be mindful
of added sugars in the food you eat. 3. Exercise
In addition to the many other benefits that exercise brings you, exercise also helps control
and manage your blood sugar levels by increasing your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. By increasing your insulin sensitivity, your
cells are able to absorb the sugar in your bloodstream more efficiently and therefore
prevent blood sugar spikes. In addition, people who are overweight or
obese have a higher degree of difficulty when it comes to maintaining insulin sensitivity
and blood sugar control, so maintaining a healthy weight through exercise will help
you keep things under control a little more effectively. 4. Eat More Fiber
In addition to cutting out superfluous carbs and sugars from your dieting, another way
to prevent spikes in your blood pressure is by increasing your fiber intake. Soluble fiber, or fiber that dissolves in
water, is especially useful when it comes to lowering your blood sugar levels. This is because soluble fiber forms a gel-like
substance in your body as it dissolves, which slows down the rate at which carbs are absorbed
in your stomach and keeps your blood sugar levels in a more even stare of ebb and flow. If you’re looking to increase your daily
fiber intake, foods that are high in soluble fiber include oatmeal, nuts, legumes, and
vegetables. 5. Stay Hydrated
If your blood sugar spikes frequently, it could be a sign that you’re not drinking
enough water. When your body is dehydrated, it begins to
retain fluid in the kidneys by producing a hormone known as vasopressin, which also causes
your liver to start releasing more sugar into your bloodstream. In addition to all the regular benefits of
staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water will also allow your kidneys to continue flushing
excess sugar from your body, thus preventing your blood sugar levels from rising too high. And when we say to stay hydrated, we mean
with water specifically: after all, trying to hydrate with sugary drinks such as soda
kind of defeats the purpose of lowering your blood sugar, don’t you think? 6. Manage Your Stress Levels
Everyday life can be full of stress; trust us, we get it. But when we’re feeling the pressure, stress-related
hormones such as glucagon and cortisol can potentially cause our blood sugar to rise
to dizzying new heights. If you find yourself living or working in
a stressful environment, consider some relaxation activities such as exercise and meditation
in order to reduce your stress levels and, by extension, prevent your blood sugar from
taking any unnecessary spikes. In one study, nurses who participated in yoga
after a meal were found to experience reduced levels of stress; hey, maybe that one coworker
who keeps pestering you to try yoga is on to something after all. 7. Get Enough Sleep
This one should also be obvious, but getting enough sleep every night is one of the most
essential ways to maintain positive health. Not only do poor sleeping habits affect your
appetite and weight management, but they can also have a direct impact on your blood sugar
levels and insulin sensitivity as well. By practicing proper sleep hygiene, you will
not only feel better, but your blood sugar will be easier to manage as well. Some of the best ways to ensure a restful
night’s sleep are to avoid TV, computer and phone screens for at least an hour before
bedtime, as well as engaging in relaxing activities such as reading or taking a warm shower. If blood sugar is something you worry about,
then hopefully this list will make keeping it under control a little bit more manageable. At the end of the day, a proper diet, exercise,
and good sleep habits are among some of the best ways to prevent your blood sugar levels
from spiking unexpectedly; and finding healthy ways to cope with stressful environments will
also help you maintain healthy levels of blood sugar activity. Was this video helpful or informative for
you? Are there any other tips for preventing blood
sugar spikes that we’ve neglected to mention so far? We always enjoy hearing your feedback so be
sure to let us know by leaving a comment and helping us to keep the conversation going.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Bestie May 15, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Was this video helpful or informative for you? Are there any other tips for preventing blood sugar spikes that we’ve neglected to mention so far? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  • Reply Cynthia Carter May 15, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Whole wheat should be avoided it contains more sugar than white bread. Just avoid bread altogether. Use a lettuce leave too wrap up your sandwich

  • Reply WINK INFO HUB May 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Woowwww ❤️ nice video ❤️❤️

  • Reply Jaafar A May 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    high protein foods protein keep you full aslo healthy fat foods

  • Reply david mendoza May 15, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    This video was very informative. I am s borderline diabetic. This video sparked ideas to bring me further away from getting diabetes

  • Reply Colin Watkins May 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Your wrong about oatmeal,I have type 2 diabetes and I tested my blood sugar before and after the oatmeal.it read 6.0 before and 9.4 after what does that tell you.

  • Reply 안녕ejassi May 16, 2019 at 2:24 am

    you forgot INTERMITTENT FASTING or DRY FASTING

    you can also drink DILUTED APPLE CIDER VINEGAR and BANABA TEA

  • Reply shravan dhadiwal May 19, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Great Video 👍🏻

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