Blood sugar is extremely helpful except when it gets on the high side, however before you decide to lower your blood sugar, try to know the underlying causes to have a well targeted treatment regimen. As you know diabetes cannot be completely eradicated, but it can be managed effectively.
To start with, normal sugar level in the blood should be between 90-105mg/dL.
Several health issues can trigger a spike in blood sugar levels, sometimes it’s normal as the body might be trying to adjust to low levels of blood sugar, it is when the blood sugar increases to levels beyond 110mg/dL and it stays permanently that it calls for a concern.
There are 2 major ways on how to lower blood sugar levels namely:
- Natural means i.e. through dieting and exercise.
- Through drug therapy.
One of the fastest means to normal blood sugar levels is insulin therapy. It is faster due to the immediate response however it also depends on whether you have diabetes type 1 or type 2.
In the case of type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy works better but for type 2 diabetes, dieting, lifestyle changes, exercises and physical activities help to increase sensitivity of the body cells to insulin,so also drugs such as metformin is being used to regulate blood sugar levels.
So also in the case of type 1 diabetes, blood sugar level of 250mg/dL is enough reason not to do any exercise or if ketones are present in your urine, your doctor will be in the best position to help in this regard as more exercise routine might cause irreversible complications.
so also it is highly recommended for you to have your periodic HbA1C tests which helps you and your doctor determine if your blood glucose control is right on course.
Dieting and exercise
Just as I mentioned in the last paragraph, exercise should be part of your life, do not be sedentary it complicates diabetic conditions, when diabetes sets in, it’s pertinent to see your doctor for proper assessments and prescription on the best kinds of exercise you can do in order to avoid complications.
Eating foods rich in carbohydrate over a long haul may predispose you to diabetes especially when insulin is experiencing dips and spikes. Eat well balanced diet. Normal sugar level may not be attained in a day but its possible as long as you stick to your treatment schedules and exercise routines. So also try to have a carefully planned balanced diet time-table which includes fruits and fibres, proteins and carbohydrates in appropriate measures.
The following fruits and foods has been recommended for those diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes in order to maintain normal blood sugar levels:
- Cinnamon: This reduces the risk of diabetes 2 due to its potent phyto-nutrients.
- Garlic and onions have been shown to have positive reaction on blood sugar levels.
- Fenugreek: It contain fibers that control the digestion of carbohydrates in foods thus affecting the release of insulin.
- Avocados and nuts especially walnuts: Avocados contain Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) which are very important components every diabetic should include in their food timetable.
- blue berries
- Chery reds
- A spoon of vinegar on your foods makes your sugar level to to down.
Anytime you sense you are beginning to have dips in your blood sugar below 70mg/dL it is time to spice up your diet with high carb foods to avoid extremely low blood sugar levels, however, low blood sugar levels are not bad except a low is maintained for a longer period of time.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels may be dicey at first considering all the daily checks you make after being diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes but with time it will increase your cellular sensitivity to normal actions of insulin.