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5 things to know about blood sugar

What should I know about high blood sugar? Lori Black, nutritionist at Saint Thomas West Hospital, lists five things you should know and ways you may be able to lower yours.

  • Losing weight can lower blood sugar – losing even 5-10 percent of your body weight can drastically lower your blood sugar. Approximately 90percent of those with diabetes are overweight.
  • Reduce stress – studies show that stress is one of the primary causes of diabetes and can prevent healing. Lowering stress can be viewed as a natural medication and will improve your health both physically and emotionally. A few ways to reduce stress are massages, hydrotherapy, getting organized, music therapy, gardening, bonding with other people, doing things that make you laugh, etc.
  • Getting proper amounts of sleep – recent studies have shown that diabetics who get more sleep have lower blood sugar levels. Not only does more sleep affect the blood sugar levels but the quality of sleep is important. Try getting an hour or two of more sleep a night and sleep naturally. Do not take pills to aid your sleep.
  • Exercise daily – 30 minutes or more of exercise a day helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. Daily exercise not only lowers your blood sugar levels but it also levels it out. You do not have to do strenuous lifting either. Try walking more and renewing old interests that motivate you to move.
  • Eat healthier – Eating properly is medicine for a diabetic. By learning which foods to avoid and actually having the will power to avoid them will help your blood sugar levels. Eat foods that heal your body and are more receptive to insulin. Your diet doesn’t have to be bland – there are several foods that are still delicious and good for you.

It is important to note that just because you are diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean that you can’t reverse it by doing the five things listed above. By leading a healthier lifestyle it is possible to see a difference in your blood sugar levels in a matter of weeks.

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