Diabetes is characterized by excess blood sugar in the body. You have to work diligently to normalize these excess blood sugars.
One kind of food strongly associated with the elevation of sugar/glucose levels is the intake of sugar-rich foods. It’s a universal fact – no doubt about it.
Aside from restricting the intake of sugar-rich products, there are other things you can do to control your blood sugar level better.
It includes the following:
- Exercise regularly for at least 30-45 minutes a day 1.
- Keeping an eye on other food items that you take regularly.
- Limit, if not totally, stop taking foods tagged as simple carbohydrates such as refined wheat/rice/corn flour, fast foods, energy-dense foods like chocolates, and fried items. (These refined products act like sugar-related products as they cause sugar spike)
- Increase your intake of vegetables, either salad or cooked, but keep them boiled and not fried.
- Limit your intake of soft drinks and other beverages with hidden sugar.
- Increase your intake of fresh fruits.
- Pay attention to your diet. It should consist of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods don’t cause a blood sugar spike.
- Fiber can also increase the number of good bacteria in the gut, helping maintain proper pH level and blood sugar level. It also promotes heart and liver health.
- It is not just the kind of food you take but the number of foods too. Everything should be taken in moderation.
- Ensure you strictly adhere to your diabetes treatment plan to have better control over your blood sugar level.
- If you are using insulin, discuss with your doctor about the proper way of storing and taking insulin.
- Try to follow some stress relaxation methods like yoga, meditation, reading books, listening to music and prayers, etc. Find ways to relax as it will be good for your overall health.
- Always be vigilant and have a positive mindset.
Keeping your blood sugar level within healthy limits can be done by:
- Avoiding sugar-rich foods – ( What Foods to Avoid with Diabetes ? )
- Looking after the amount and quality of food that you are taking
- Exercising regularly
- Proper compliance on treatment
- Adequate insulin intake
- Practicing relaxation techniques – How to reduce stress and manage diabetes