8 Ways to Control Your Blood Sugar

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-08-11 10:00:21 -0500
Started 2011-08-08 12:05:06 -0500

Save your life—and prevent diabetes—by soothing your blood sugar with this simple eight-step plan

1. Exercise Like It's a Prescription
That means at least 20 to 30 minutes every day. It takes only a few days of missed workouts and poor eating to worsen a person's insulin resistance, says Barry Braun, Ph.D., an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. To make sure you stick with it, choose the exercise that you enjoy the most.

2. Sprinkle More Cinnamon
Studies show it can improve insulin sensitivity. This means your body needs less of the hormone insulin to keep your blood-sugar levels in check. "The cheap supermarket stuff works just as well as expensive supplement versions," says Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth.

3. If You Have High Blood Glucose…
…take alpha lipoic acid. "This supplement is unexcelled as a blood-sugar nutrient and is a prescription item in Europe," says Bowden. He recommends taking 300 milligrams twice a day. Puritan's Pride Alpha Lipoic Acid is reasonably priced and passed purity tests at consumerlab.com.

4. Skip the Sugary Sports Drinks
University of Massachusetts scientists recently discovered that exercising improved insulin sensitivity by 40 percent when a 500-calorie deficit was created, but produced no improvement when the burned energy was immediately replaced with mostly carbohydrates.

5. Invest in a Glucose Monitor
It'll allow you to find out how specific meals, foods, and beverages affect your blood sugar. One option is the TrueTrack Smart System brand (cvs.com). Simply prick your finger 2 hours after a meal. The number shouldn't be above 139 mg/dl, and it shouldn't be below 100 or your fasting number—whichever is lower, says Keith W. Berkowitz, M.D. If you fall out of that range, you need an oral glucose-tolerance test.

6. Snack on Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
A small handful won't impact blood sugar, and they're rich in magnesium, a mineral that fights insulin resistance, according to a 2006 study from Tufts University researchers.

7. Eat Every 2 to 3 Hours
Eating this often helps prevent drops in blood sugar, which can lead to sugar binges, says Dr. Berkowitz.

8. Check Your Meds
If you're taking a thiazide diuretic for hypertension, ask your doctor about switching to an ACE inhibitor. A 2006 Hypertension review of 59 drug trials found a "strong relationship" between low potassium levels caused by diuretics and increased blood glucose.



8 replies

TF Wild Irish Rose
TF Wild Irish Rose 2011-08-11 10:00:21 -0500 Report

thanks for the great advice - my niece is a diabetic too so I passed the info on to her - we motivate and mentor each other - it is always nice to have someone who understands what we are going through.

Tygger1 2011-08-10 14:39:41 -0500 Report

I'm new to these discussions. These 8 ways to control blood sugar are terrific as I haven't really given much thought to my diabetes and have ignored it. Now my a1c is really out of range big time.


Piper5 2011-08-08 20:51:19 -0500 Report

I thought cinnamon worked in type 2 not type 1. Also what about insulin resistance improving with more exercise…true, not true?

jayabee52 2011-08-08 21:27:12 -0500 Report

I understand that insulin resistance reduces (a good thing) with exercise.

I am type 2 and when I tried cinnamon to control BG numbers it didn't work for me. It does for some persons with diabetes, but many others it does not.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-08 12:57:01 -0500 Report

Most seeds & nuts are good for diabetes. Sunflower seeds do wonderful things for me!! Also walnuts & almonds! I can't eat cinnamon anymore. Gives me bowel issues!!! No hbp & I never drink sports drinks. Check my bs every day. Try to exercise everyday. Reckon I'm going in the right direction!!

jayabee52 2011-08-08 12:45:10 -0500 Report

I also take ALA regularly, but I only use 200 IU. I understand it is useful to diminish the pain of Diabetic Neuropathy. I think it is havin an effect. I'll have to up my dose for those days I am not in complete control.

Cinnamon doesn't seem to work for me either. But we are not all the same.

JoleneAL 2011-08-08 12:14:56 -0500 Report

Great!! I take alpha lipoic acid, but cinnamon doesn't do diddly for my sugar levels. Thanks for the reminder I need to get to the gym today and reup my membership!

Diaschm 2011-08-08 12:14:40 -0500 Report

I really enjoyed your artile. I did not know much of what you said and will go out and buy cinnamon and use it. thank you. I wrote a new Article under New Articles for people who need medical insurance. try to read it.