Lower Blood Sugar Strategies
Learning that you have Diabetes is never easy. You may feel overwhelmed by the required medications, the food that you are not allowed to eat and the things that you can’t do anymore. Diabetes is a life-changing condition when your body can’t produce insulin or can’t utilize the insulin to control your blood sugar levels.
Our mission is to provide strategies to help you control your blood sugar levels and allow you to live a better quality of life even with Diabetes. These strategies involve diet, exercise and medications. It doesn’t mean that you have to forget all your favorite food or to apply a total change but finding an alternative lifestyle is a better option.
The goal of diabetes management is not for blood sugar control alone, but to lower blood pressure and cholesterol , too. We will help you lower your A1C to less than 6.5%. We will tell you how you can combine diet, exercise and medications to achieve these goals. Each strategy is covered individually for flexibility, depending on your goals.
Your Diet and Diabetes
The best and the most practical way to control your diabetes is through your diet. Maintaining normal weight or weight loss if you are overweight will help you control your blood sugar easier. Blood sugar rises when you eat. So you need to control the amount and type of food as well as the timing of your meals. Remember to eat the same amount of food every meal.
There are so many available dieting options but we will help you choose which is the best and applicable to you. We’ll cover different diet programs available and look into several references to help you decide and fit around your lifestyle changes.
The Low GI Diet
Glycemic index provides a measure of how quickly bloo d sugar levels rise after eating a particular type of food. Different foods have different glycemic index. The higher the glycemic index, the faster the blood sugar rises after eating. Some factors like cooking time and method, ripeness and temperature affect the food’s glycemic index. Most high fiber food like brown rice, whole grains and vegetables have a lower glycemic index.
Of all the macronutrients, carbohydrate has the fastest effect on your blood sugar. After eating carbohydrates, it will only take 2 hours to raise your blood sugar. This is why may people suggest a low-carb diet. It will surely help but the type of carbs should also be considered. A wide variety of food has carbohydrates to perk you up, even fruits and vegetables! You should opt for high fiber and whole grain carbohydrates like brown rice
Eliminate Refined Sugar
Refined sugars will raise your blood sugar faster. The best thing to do is to eliminate them. Most cakes, pastries and other sweets contain refined sugars; however it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy them. Several companies provide products suitabl e for diabetics. The best thing is you can also learn to make your own! Check out some great recipes for brownies, cakes and cookies suitable for a diabetic diet.
Why Is Diet So Important?
Your diet directly affects your blood sugar levels. Those who eat too much will tend to have higher blood sugars since foods are converted to sugar in the body. Higher blood sugar requires more insulin and there will come a time that your body will cannot use insulin effectively leading to insulin resistance. Adding to the factors of insulin resistance are being overweight and physical inactivity.
Controlling your diet doesn’t just help you control your blood sugar but it will help you control your weight and reduce the risk of many health problems related to diabetes such as hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol levels.
This isn’t just about eating the right food – but eating the right amount at the right time of the day. You need to distribute your meals throughout the day, instead of eating in bulk or large meals. Snacking is a great way to control your blood sugar, but you will need to utilize the healthy, low GI snacks, such as vegetable sticks and nuts.
Exercising to Control Blood Sugar
Exercise is extremely useful way to lower your blood sugar. When you exercise, the muscles need the glucose for energy and it lowers your blood sugar naturally. There are different types of exercises programs that can be used to help you including:
• Long distance running covering a distance of 10K or more
• Interval training, including a mixture of short sprints and longer runs
• Resistance training, such as the P90x program and many others
• Flexibility training, including Pilates and yoga
The P90X is one exercise program that will help with controlling the blood sugar through weight and resistance training. It contains 12 sessions that are highly inten sive over a period of 90 days. It is hard work but you will benefit by losing weight as well as taking control over your life.
Diabetics need to engage in both aerobic exercises and strength training. It is important to combine different types of exercises, not just to help you control your blood sugar, but to provide motivation and prevent your body from getting used to same type of exercises. It also helps that you gain enjoyment from exercise so you want to keep doing it and maximize the benefits.
Medication and Controlling Your Diabetes
Most diabetics need to use medication to help control their blood sugar levels. Type 2 Diabetes is controlled through the combination of diet, exercise and medication. Your doctor will decide whether you need to have medication, based on a number of factors like laboratory results and presence of diabetes complications.
There are different types of medications used to help control blood sugars a nd we will help explain each of them. Some of these medications include:
Your doctor may prescribe a single or a combination of these medications. In other cases, some people are required to take insulin because their body isn’t producing enough of it and causes their glucose levels to rise.
There is always new research to help with lowering and controlling blood sugar levels, whether through natural methods or with medication. We stay on top of all the most recent research and will explain it so you know just how it will affect and benefit you.
Make Controlling Diabetes Work for You
You don’t want diabetes to control your life, right? You should control diabetes and not the other way around. It should not prevent you from enjoying your life and living healthy. We’ll help you do all of that. We’ll give you routines that w ill help and are easy to work around your schedule.
On top of that, we’ll discuss options for goal setting. This is personal but we’ll talk about daily goals to gain success and the technique needed to achieve these goals so you can enjoy a healthier and better life.
Additionally, we have a range of videos that discuss diabetes and techniques for goal setting and managing blood sugar levels in more details. They offer an easy way to take in the information so you can implement them.
Take control of your diabetes and enjoy your life today!