Proven Ways to Lower Blood Sugar – Eat This, Not That

Unless you have diabetes, most people don’t think about their blood sugar, but here’s why you should. Controlling your blood sugar is good for your heart and overall health. “According to a John Hopkins study, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are among the most harmful risk factors for cardiovascular disease,” says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Bill McEvoy, MB, B.Ch. “So keeping your blood sugar (as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol) under control is one of the best things you can do for your heart.” Additionally, Dr. Leann Poston MD, MBA, M.Ed with Invigor Medical says Eat this, not that! Health, “Blood sugar is important because the body has to keep it within very strict limits. Too high and it can damage the inner lining of blood vessel walls. Too low and you get symptoms like dizziness, fainting, nausea and hunger.” Normal blood sugar is below 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) and we spoke with experts who explain how to achieve this range. Keep reading – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Dr. Steve Hrubydoctor of chiropractic and founder of Kaizen Progressive Health, says, “Glucose is the amount of glucose in your blood. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the food you eat. It is the main source of energy for your body. Your blood sugar level rises after you eat. This is because the food you eat is converted into glucose and absorbed into your bloodstream. Your body uses this glucose to produce energy.

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According to Dr. Hruby, “high blood sugar can damage your body over time. It can lead to health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness. High blood sugar can also make it difficult to control your weight, and can cause you to feel tired and irritable.”

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“Your diet is a key factor in keeping your blood sugar levels within a normal range,” says Dr. Hruby. “Choose foods low in sugar and carbohydrates, and include plenty of fruits and vegetables. I also recommend limiting the amount of processed foods you eat.”

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Dr. Hruby says: “Exercise is another important way to keep your blood sugar in a normal range. A moderate amount of exercise is key to controlling your blood sugar. I suggest getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days one week.”

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“Monitoring your blood sugar level is key to keeping it within a normal range,” Dr. Hruby shares. “I recommend checking your blood sugar at least once a day. This will help you identify patterns and make adjustments to your diet or exercise program if needed.”

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Dr. Poston says, “Learn to manage stress: Stress causes cortisol to rise and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. Together, they mobilize glucose from your liver so your muscles have the energy to escape danger.”

Rachel J. Bradford