Healthy Blood Sugar Levels – How to Lower Blood Sugar
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Diabetes can impact many areas of your life. And uncontrollable blood sugar can be a worrisome thing. But even traditional medicine embraces the idea that you can manage and bring down blood glucose naturally.
Read on for just a few current ways for preventing or reversing the impact of diabetes.
Measure yourself for the dawn effect. Sometimes called the dawn phenomenon the term refers to an unusual rise in blood sugar first thing in the morning. Most commonly it occurs between 4 am and 8 am It's also more prevalent in people with type 1 diabetes than in people with type 2 diabetes. While the cause is unclear, some researchers attribute the dawn effect to natural hormones released in the body overnight. Hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and glucagon can interfere with insulin. To discover whether the rise in blood sugar is due to the dawn effect or some other factor, it's important to test and log your blood glucose before bed and during the night. Your general practitioner can use your records to determine a course of action.
Exercise regularly! It's one of the simplest, easiest and most effective ways to help yourself. Exercise will consume blood sugar in place of insulin. So you actually get more wiggle room in your diet and your blood sugar range will vary considerably less. It may even help balance your food intake and insulin if you need to inject. If you're pre-diabetic it helps keeps your sugar in check.
The best part is you don't have to become an athlete. Regularity is more valuable than intensity. A half hour to sixty minutes of average exercise every day can drive down your a1c by one percent and reduce your chance of heart attack, stroke and various cancers. Most people will need to add about 5,000 walking steps every day. That's not as much as it seems, only about 2 1/4 miles or a brisk half hour walk.
By Jean Healy