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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Easy Ways To Lower Blood Sugar

Oh, blood sugar, blood glucose, sugar and diabetes.  The stress of when the pancreas doesn't work is great.  Diet and exercise are the Regis and Kelly of maintaining good health.  However, blood sugar levels can be easily maintained with a few lifestyle "tweaks".

  • Incorporate 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine with the doctor's OK.  Exercise requires immediate energy to fuel muscles so the body goes after blood sugar floating in the blood stream.
  • Eat meals consistently during the day at the same time intervals.  This allows the body to "sense" when the next surge of blood sugar is coming.  Eat every 3-5 hours which does not need to be a large meal but a cheese stick and a few whole wheat crackers can keep you from crashing later on.
  • Learn to carb count!  Diabetes Network is a website designed to provide all sorts of information if you don't have access to a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) or a Registered Dietitian.
  • Chug water.  When the body is even the slightest dehydrated, blood sugar levels rise because the less water in the blood, means a greater concentration of blood glucose. Think of water as diluting your blood stream.
  • Go easy on artificially sweetened beverages.  Some people have elevated sugars after drinking diet anything from the instant they finish a diet cola to a few hours later, even if they didn't eat anything.