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How To Maintain A Healthy Blood Sugar Level

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Regulating your blood sugar level is not only essential for good health, it will also help you to maintain a healthy weight as well as lower the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

What is blood sugar?  

In order to produce energy our bodies convert the majority of the foods we eat into blood sugar also known as glucose, therefore, you may notice a rise in your blood sugar level after that large slice of cake you ate at your friend's birthday party, however, it’s not just food that can affect our blood sugar levels other factors like a cold, stress and medication can also affect it, so before deciding how to treat one episode of high blood sugar you must first consult a doctor and figure out why the number is so high. 

If our blood sugar is too low or too high problems start to occur such as blurry vision, rapid heart rate, mood changes, headaches, weight loss and various other symptoms. Here are a few tips that will help you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.  

Ensure each meal includes a high-quality protein - A high quality protein will take the edge of hunger which can speed up weight loss which will in turn reduce the amount of blood sugar that the body produces.  Pairing the protein with healthy carbohydrates will also slow down the rise in blood sugar but be sure to check the fat content when increasing your protein as this could cause other problems. Foods rich in protein includes meat, fish, cheese, eggs, yoghurt, beans, nuts, lentils and seeds.  

Consume less sugary processed foods -If you find yourself eating sugary, processed food on a regular basis try to cut back, food such as cakes, chocolates, biscuits and cereal as well as sugary drinks will cause a sharp spike in blood sugar levels.  

Participate in regular exercise - Just a 30 minute walk each day will help you strengthen your muscles, making them more receptive to insulin and will help the body to use more glucose (Sugar) for energy.  

Drink more water - When your blood sugar levels are running high your body will try to flush excess sugar out of your blood through urine, as a result your body will need more fluid to rehydrate. Drinking more water will help the body to flush out the glucose.  

Increase your fiber intake - Fibre, from whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables will increase the amount of time it takes for your stomach to empty after eating and will prevent  blood sugar spikes.  

If you notice an increase or decrease in your glucose levels and are unable to speak to your regular GP call Doctor To You on 1300 30 38 34 and a bulk billed after hours home visit doctor will be able to help. Doctors are available to visit you from 6pm wekdays, 12 noon on Saturdays and all day Sundays and Public Holidays.