Diabetes can be a challenge to manage if you don’t have the right information, treatment plan, and products. Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes, there are a couple of treatment tips that will work for a variety of types of people.
Exercise On a Regular Basis
Exercising can help people with diabetes maintain more even blood sugar levels in a couple of ways. First of all, exercising can help people maintain lower body weights. But exercising can also help people with diabetes increase their insulin sensitivity. Getting in a full workout is helpful, but if you don’t have time to go to the gym for an hour, you can still reap some of the benefits by doing something called taking exercise snacks. You can go for a quick walk up and down the stairs or do some leg lifts. Do this once an hour to break up long periods of sedentariness.
Eat Plenty of Soluble Fiber
Soluble fiber has been shown to regulate blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of carbs and sugar. Some foods that are high in fiber include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
Drink Up the Water
When you drink water, you lessen the likelihood that you’ll experience blood sugar highs because the water can dilute the sugar in your bloodstream. Staying hydrated also helps your kidneys get rid of the extra sugar. While water is a great source of hydration, it’s also okay to enjoy sugar-free beverages like carbonated waters, but you shouldn’t drink soda or fruit juice because these will contain a lot of sugar.
Manage Your Stress Levels
One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that your stress levels affect your blood sugar levels. You can greatly improve the levels of sugar in your bloodstream by doing things like meditating and exercising.
Take the Time to Sleep
Many people suffer from the effects of poor quality of sleep or simply not getting enough sleep in general. The amount of sleep that you get can affect insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels. A lack of sleep can also cause a person to gain weight and can increase their hunger levels. Try to avoid naps so that you can get deeper sleep, and get into a bedtime routine so that you can more easily go to sleep and stay asleep.
Eat More Chromium and Magnesium
Lowered levels of micronutrients like chromium’s and magnesium are linked with Type II diabetes. Chromium is involved in metabolizing carbs and fat. It might also aid in getting insulin to work, which aids in blood sugar regulation. The exact connection isn’t entirely understood, but diets rich in magnesium are also linked with lower blood sugar levels. Chromium is found in foods like meats, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Magnesium is found in foods like leafy greens, tuna, bananas, beans, avocados, and whole grains.
If you’re interested in finding ways to keep your glucose levels in check, add in one or two of these tips at a time. Managing glucose levels is possible, and Tandem Diabetes can help.