5 Ways to Balance Your Blood Sugar

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5 Ways to Balance Your Blood Sugar

If you don’t have diabetes, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your blood sugar levels. But this would actually be a mistake, because we all need to consider blood sugar. Over time, if your levels run consistently high, this will put you at increased risk of insulin resistance which leads to the development of diabetes. It can also damage your organs, nerves, and blood vessels.

Balancing your blood sugar is also important within the context of a weight loss plan. When you suffer high peaks and crashes, blood sugar instability will trigger mood changes, energy slumps, and cravings (usually for unhealthy, sugary or refined foods).

You might suspect high blood sugar levels if you experience the following symptoms:

  • frequent headaches
  • extreme fatigue
  • excessive thirst
  • blurry vision
  • frequent urination

If you suspect high blood sugar, please see your doctor right away. You should be screened for diabetes, and your doctor will help you assess your risks. If your blood sugar is indeed running high, you can take these steps to balance it. Remember, these tips are for people who are not yet diabetic; continue to follow your own physician’s recommendations if you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Exercise – this causes your muscles to take up glucose from the blood, lowering your levels
  • Eat more fiber – between 25 and 38 grams per day, from sources like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates – consume complex carbs from whole grains, vegetables, and legumes rather than simple carbs like sugar and white flour
  • Pair carbohydrates with protein – adding protein to meals slows digestion, keeping your blood sugar levels more even
  • Get adequate sleep – sleep regulates the hormones that manage appetite and metabolism

These methods also fit well into a weight loss plan, if that is one of your goals. For more specific advice on managing your weight and blood sugar levels, please come see us. We can help you put together an eating plan and exercise routine that addresses your health needs and goals.