Blood Sugar Level
How to Keep it at Bay
It is important to keep the blood sugar level at bay, however, very low levels are also a health risk. Nevertheless, most blood sugar related cases tend to be those of high levels. Maintaining a low sugar level in the blood is never a complicated task.
Irregular blood sugar levels can lead to various health problems, diabetes being the most predominant problem. You wonder why newly diagnosed diabetics are advised to lose weight (and mind you, they do successfully!) by their physicians? It is because the secrets to keeping the sugar levels in check lie in dietary and lifestyle changes. You will be surprised and amazed at how newly diagnosed diabetes can quickly change their lifestyle from losing weight, steering clear from carbohydrates and vices like quitting and smoking. Well, who can blame them? It’s a matter of life and death already so those changes are really vital.
However, even though the lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and alcoholism support the objective, the bulk of it rests on monitoring what one eats. The following are the necessary changes the people need to make in order to keep their blood sugar levels at a low.
KNOW THE RIGHT FOOD TO EAT
It is important to keep watch on the food intake. Do smaller portions but keep it nutritionally balanced, eating often than usually. You might want to do around 4 – 5 meals a day, ensuring that each meal offers the body a rich supply of certain nutrients. This will nevertheless require a good understanding which foods trigger a dip or spike in blood sugar levels.
Bear in mind that some foods may trigger the rise or fall in some people but will not do the same in other people. First off, avoid eating fatty foods; in addition, keep a keen eye on carbohydrates, especially those under the complex carbs category. These foods are known to cause a rapid rise in sugar levels.
People having high blood sugar should avoid such food. On the other hand, people with very low blood sugar levels need to take a bit of this food to increase their blood sugar count. Though carbohydrates are of concern, they still constitute a balanced diet. Just strive to eat the healthy carbohydrates like those that are made from whole grains like brown rice and wheat bread.
A diet consisting of high fiber count is a good way to go for people with poor blood sugar control. An ideal choice is soluble fibers that can be found in seed, grains, and nuts. Another rich supply of both fiber and healthy sugar is fruits that can be eaten with the skin. Such fruits include grapes, apples, mangoes, and pears.
MAKE NECESSARY LIFE CHANGES
The 30/70 rule in losing weight is also true when it comes to achieving an overall healthy life. It’s 70% diet and 30% exercise. Avoid becoming a couch potato. Lead an active lifestyle, engaging in energy demanding activities ever so often. Such activities will help activate and enhance the process of blood sugar for the production of energy thus keeping sugar levels in check.
Leading an active lifestyle will also help you stay fit and keep your body weight in check. You can go to the gym and put on some bit of muscle or just engage in various exercises like yoga. Going for a walk, jogging, biking, swimming are also great ways to keep yourself fit and healthy.
Drop any unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. If you feel like you need to take a tipple then do it in moderation. Opt for a glass of wine a day. You can take one during dinner; it will help with digestion and is known to lower the risks of diabetes.
With the right determination and discipline, it is very easy to achieve a healthy diet especially when it comes to maintaining your blood sugar at bay. If you are able to do this, it will steer you clear from having diabetes. Mind you, once you get diabetes, you will never recover from it. And maintenance when diabetic is not just hard but also pricey. This is one thing when the phrase “prevention is better than cure” really holds true...especially when there is no cure at all.