So perhaps you’ve ignored or your diabetes symptoms for a while, or maybe you were recently diagnosed with the disease. But regardless of when and why you were diagnosed, you’re ready now to make a concerted effort to get your diabetes under control. With that in mind, if you really want to take control of your blood sugar issues, you need to follow these four tips.
Pick the right dessert
Rather than skipping dessert it is probably more prudent to invest in sound food choice by choosing foods that are low on the glycemic index to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
So the best after dinner desserts are fresh fruit, including, apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, and nectarines. Keep in mind that cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels and can be used to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages. And if you really want more traditional looking desserts, seek out bakeries that specialize in low sugar sweets made specifically for diabetes.
Avoiding pre-packaged meals is an absolute must for diabetics. Such meals are often too high in fat and salt, and can be lacking in vitamins and minerals. So a healthy tip for diabetics is to prepare meals from scratch with an emphasis on fresh produce.
Walk for 10 minutes after meals
Nothing improves digestion and gets the metabolism working than a little physical exercise. It just takes a 10-minute walk to help spiking blood sugar to drop by about 22 percent according to New Zealand researchers. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 30 minutes of physical activity per day, five times a week to optimize health and performance.
Take time to relax
Did you know you can develop diabetes and/or make the disease worse from much stress and lack of sleep. That is why it is so for diabetics to learn to cope with stressful situations that arise in their work or personal lives because living in a state of ongoing stress can contribute to increased insulin resistance. That’s why taking a regular exercise break and learning relaxation techniques can be so helpful in limiting the damage caused by diabetes-related symptoms.
So try to follow these four tips and in no time, you will discover yourself getting the upper hand with your blood issues.