Type 2 diabetes is, fortunately, a pretty straightforward disease by way of prevention and treatment. You can easily control it by playing around with your day-to-day activities.
Here are 7 ways to control your blood sugar and get your type 2 diabetes in check.
Exercise is extremely important for everyone, so this tip naturally finds its way into the number one spot. Our body is designed to be used daily, and so when we lounge on the couch all day, it begins to shut down (just like your favorite machines might as well).
You don’t even need much exercise to reap the benefits. A nice 30-minute walk each day or a high intensity interval training a few times a week does the trick. Find an exercise routine that works for you and get to it!
#2 High Quality Fats
High quality fats, particularly the omegas, are crucial for proper brain functioning. These fats help build healthy and strong connections in the brain. Healthy fats also support the heart against disease and damage, two things that come with type 2 diabetes. Try incorporating some fatty fish, raw nuts and seeds and a healthy dose of avocados and coconut into your diet to get the good fats that you need.
#3 Lower Your Carb Intake
In this instance, we do not mean to stop eating carbs altogether. Carbohydrates are present in most foods so that would be nearly impossible to do! Instead, lower your refined carbohydrate intake, such as with white bread, pastries, and cereals to help stabilize your blood glucose. Refined carbs cause serious shocks in blood glucose. By preventing these spikes, you are essentially protecting yourself against type 2 diabetes!
#4 Drink More Water
When you are dehydrated your body secrets a hormone that boosts blood sugar, which is detrimental to diabetics. Steer clear of sugary drinks and opt for plain old water.
#5 Eat More Fiber
Fiber slows down glucose absorption, thus stopping blood glucose from soaring. You can easily add more fiber to your diet by eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
#6 Get Good Sleep
Poor sleep causes your body to release stress hormones that can bump up your blood sugar. Be sure to set yourself up for a restful night of sleep so that your body can better metabolize fat and sugar throughout the day.
#7 Reduce Your Stress
It’s hard to think about reducing your stress in this era of demanding living, but try your best to do it. Stress causes your body to unleash hyperglycemic hormones. The easiest way to prevent that from happening is to cut back on your stress. Try meditation, exercise, art, or even a good night’s rest to help soothe your stress (and blood glucose).
References Mercola. URL Link. Accessed March 29, 2017.
Mercola. URL Link. Accessed March 29, 2017.