Diabetes diagnosis or prediabetes may come as a shock to you, but the sooner you accept it, the easier you’ll manage it.
Of vital importance for your health and wellbeing is to control your blood sugar levels. If they are high most of the time, you’ll experience different health problems and over time, it can damage your organs.
Not controlling diabetes can affect the entire body and organs, which can lead to damaged kidneys, heart, eyes, nerves and blood vessels. Some of the most common problems include heart damage, kidney failure, vision loss, neuropathy, foot damage, hearing impairment, skin conditions, and Alzheimer’s.
Although the treatment of diabetes includes medications and insulin, you can further improve it by making certain diet and lifestyle changes.
Without quitting your prescribed medications and insulin if you’re already taking, here are some of the best ways to control your blood sugar levels naturally:
Did you know that smoking raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 30-40%? So, if you already have the disease, try to quit or at least reduce smoking to prevent many diabetes complications such as heart or kidney damage, vision problems, nerve damage, and circulation problems.
Try to make as many of these lifestyle changes to improve your diabetes management and lead a healthy life.
Find the Right Diet for Better Blood Sugar Control
Diet is directly linked to your blood sugar levels so it can either keep your diabetes under control or worsen it. It all depends on what you eat and what you should stay away from.
Foods to Eat: Green leafy vegetables, Beans, Sweet potatoes, Citrus fruit, Berries, Whole grains, Fatty fish, Seeds and nuts, Low-Fat Vegan Diet
More Eating Tips
Avoid cold, oily, and heavy foods, and eat foods that are light, dry, and warming.
Avoid consuming dairy products such as yogurt, especially at night
Drink warm ginger tea
Consume fruits like pomegranates, apples, pears, and cranberries, and avoid bananas, figs, and other heavy
Take your protein from beans and other lighter foods.
Limit your intake of wheat and rice and switch to buckwheat, millet, rye, barley, or corn.
Use turmeric in your cooking
Use Natural Remedies
To help regulate your blood sugar levels, try some herbs, spices and other natural ingredients. The most popular natural remedies for diabetes type 2 include:
Cinnamon – consume around 3 g of this spice a day to reduce your fasting serum glucose.
Mango Leaves – boil 10 mango leaves and let them soak in the water overnight. The next morning, strain the leaves and drink the liquid before eating anything. Do this for two months.
Apple cider vinegar – dilutes 20 g of this vinegar in 40 g of water and drink before meals to improve insulin sensitivity after meals.
Fenugreek Seeds – consume them regularly along with your diabetes medications to reduce insulin resistance and improve glycemic control.
Exercise & Manage Weight
Physical activity is an essential part of the diabetes management. All you have to do is devote half an hour of your day to do some exercise. In fact, you can start with 5-10 minutes and gradually increase the time.
Besides controlling your blood glucose, staying physically active will help you lose excess weight – which is good for people with diabetes.
Yoga can help control your blood glucose by improving your glucose tolerance, lowering your risk of cardiovascular problems, reducing blood pressure levels, improving the lipid profile and reducing stress.
You can try some simple yoga poses at first and practice some deep breathing and meditation.