High blood sugar is the result of your body not making enough insulin or not using it effectively. Obviously, this is something that people with diabetes must pay attention to, but high blood sugar also extends to millions of Americans with prediabetes.
Fortunately, with the right steps in place, you can help combat high blood sugar and balance it out.
Here are 5 effective tips for balancing your blood sugar. As always, make sure to consult your doctor about what is the best approach for you when it comes to maintaining your blood sugar levels.
Exercise at Least 4 Times a Week
This is advice that everyone should try their best to adhere to—not just people with fluctuating blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity can help you get to and maintain a moderate weight, therefore increasing insulin sensitivity. An increase in insulin sensitivity allows your cells to use the available sugar in your bloodstream more efficiently.
Now, your exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous, crossfit workouts. Instead, find an activity that you like and that fits your schedule. Biking, running, hiking, and walking are great exercises that can help balance your blood sugar levels.
It’s a good idea to check your blood sugar levels before and after activities. That way, you can see how different exercises affect your blood sugar.
Manage Your Carb Intake While Increasing Your Fiber
When you consume too many carbs or have insulin-function issues, your body has trouble breaking down the carbs into sugars. For this reason, the American Diabetes Association recommends that you carefully count your carbs to ensure you’re not eating too many.
Studies have shown that eating fewer carbs can really help you manage your blood sugar levels in the long run. In terms of figuring out what the right amount of carbs is for you, meet with your doctor or dietitian to create a carb consumption plan that is right for you.
In addition to eating fewer carbs, increasing your fiber intake is another fantastic way to help regulate your blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber, in particular, has shown that it can drastically improve blood sugar management.
Use Supplements When Needed
When used according to your diet plan and doctor’s advice, supplements can be instrumental in helping you keep your blood sugar on the right track. It should be noted that what works for some people may not work for another. So, you may have to try a few different supplements to find what works for you.
Ask your doctor if supplements may be right for you. And, to learn about some of the best supplements to use to lower your blood sugar, check out this helpful guide!
Look into Stress Management
It’s been a stressful, anxiety-inducing couple of years. Perhaps now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure we’re working on our mental health and stress management.
Stress can actually elevate cortisol levels, which can then lead to an increase in blood sugar levels.
Furthermore, that increase in cortisol can lead to the secretion of leptin. Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in appetite control. So, losing leptin can make you more hungry, which will cause your blood sugar levels to become even more unbalanced.
Monitor Blood Sugar Levels With a Reliable Blood Glucose Meter
Being able to accurately and efficiently check your blood sugar levels is a key to keeping it balanced. Outdated glucose meters may not be as accurate as newer ones. A more modern, advanced meter may be just what you need to control your blood sugar levels once and for all.
New glucose meters like Rebel+Mina are here to make balancing your blood sugar much easier. Rebel, the hardware, combines the traditional test kit into one seamless meter that can connect to a phone. This allows you to carry your new glucose meter where you go, as well as check your blood sugar levels whenever you need to.
Mina works in tandem with Rebel as your own personal assistant. She’ll offer helpful reminders for checking your levels, ask questions to get to know you better, make recommendations based on that information, and more. She’ll help you show your diabetes who’s boss!
If you’ve struggled to keep your blood sugar levels balanced, then reach out to your employer about Pops’ Rebel+Mina today. If your company doesn’t offer Pops, just hand them this card, and we’ll take care of the rest.