Managing your blood sugar is an essential tool for a healthy lifestyle, even if you do not have diabetes. According to the CDC, “It’s necessary to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range as much as possible to help prevent or delay long-term, serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Staying in your target range can also help improve your energy and mood. ” Everyone’s blood sugar changes when they eat; here are four things you can do to manage your blood sugar successfully.
1. Eat a balanced meal: balanced meals start with planning; take some time each week to do meal planning and meal prep. This will help you when unplanned events disrupt your schedule. Try to include lean protein, veggies, healthy grains, fruit with each meal.
2. Avoid sugary beverages: Water is the best beverage to reach for when you are thirsty. Water does not raise your blood sugar levels. It also lubricates your joints, regulates body temperature, and helps to maintain your blood pressure.
3. Exercise: Most adults should try to get in about 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Aim for about 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a day on most days of the week.
4. Watch your alcoholic intake: Your liver releases stored sugar when blood sugar levels begin to drop; it cannot do this if it also metabolizes alcohol. Remember to add calories from alcoholic beverages into your daily totals. Don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach, and be mindful of what you drink: light beers and dry wines have fewer carbs and calories, sugar-free mixers — such as diet soda, diet tonic, club soda, or seltzer — won’t raise your blood sugar.
Remember managing our blood sugar is one of the easiest things we can do to delay, prevent, or successfully manage the disease. We can take control and put the ball in our court to make small daily changes that moves the needle towards wellness.
With Peace and Love,
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