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How to Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

August 31, 2019


If you have diabetes, you may find it harder
to manage your blood sugar (glucose) around mealtime. When you’re done with a meal or snack, your
blood sugar will be higher and may stay higher, even a couple of hours after your meal. You may feel dizzy or have a hard time thinking
or focusing, or feel really tired, or thirsty. You may have a headache too. Extremely high blood sugar can even make you
pass out. Blood sugar that stays high for a long time
can also put you at risk for long-term issues like heart or kidney disease, and nerve damage. Yes, the right medication and diet can help
make sure your blood sugar stays under control. (If you’re having a hard time managing your
medication, talk to your doctor right away.) But that’s not the only thing you can do. Start with a good breakfast. If you skip the day’s first meal, your blood
sugar is more likely to be too high after lunch and dinner. But don’t just reach for a muffin. One study found that people who ate a 500-calorie
breakfast with at least 35% protein had lower post-meal blood sugar throughout the day than
those who ate a breakfast lower in protein and higher in carbs. That’s because protein helps slow your digestion. That makes your blood sugar rise more slowly
after meals. And eating fewer carbohydrates means your
body makes less blood sugar. Eat a healthy dinner. Blood sugar is usually hardest to control
later in the day. That’s why many experts say you should choose
a dinner or after-dinner snack low in carbohydrates, especially the processed kind. Fat and protein don’t cause blood sugar
to rise the same way carbs do. If you’re not sure how to balance your meals,
ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who specializes in diabetes. Plan when you eat. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, having
meals and snacks too close together may not give your blood sugar level time to drop naturally
after you eat. Make sure your meals are 4 to 5 hours apart. If you need a snack, do it 2 to 3 hours after
your last meal. Go for a walk after you eat. Research shows that a 15-minute stroll after
dinner can help bring blood sugar down. Even better? It can help keep it down for up to 3 hours. When you exercise, your body pumps more sugar
to your muscles. Get enough shut-eye. Skimping on sleep, even for one night, makes
your body use insulin less efficiently. That can make your blood sugar higher than
it should be. See your dentist regularly. If you have gum disease (also known as gingivitis),
your blood sugar level may be higher than if your gums were healthy. Inflamed or infected gums can cause your body’s
defense system to go on overdrive. That makes it harder for your body to keep
its insulin and blood sugar in check. Drink plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated, your glucose may
be higher than it would normally be. Watch your stress level. When you’re really under pressure, your
body releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline (also known as the “fight or flight” hormone). Those can make your body less sensitive to
insulin and cause other changes that make your blood sugar go up. While you can’t avoid all stress, finding
ways to relax is good for your blood sugar and your overall health. Thank you and may this information useful
for you.

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