10 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally
It’s the Holy Grail for people with diabetes: Checking your blood sugar and seeing the numbers right in line. Can lifestyle changes help? Yes, says Jill Weisenberger, RDN, a diabetes nutrition expert based in Newport News, Virginia.
If you have diabetes, lowering blood sugar isn’t just a short-term goal — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it helps prevent or delay diabetes complications, including heart, kidney, eye, and nerve diseases. It can change the course of the disease entirely.
“It's 100 percent important that [people with type 2 diabetes] try and lower their blood sugars through dietary approaches first,” says Jessica Crandall Snyder, RD, CDCES, with Vital RD in Denver. “For some people, it not only can be preventive, but it can also help with reversal of the actual disease.”
Crandall Snyder says making a few key lifestyle changes can sometimes eliminate the need for medication. “Poking yourself with insulin isn't fun,” she says. “Diabetes is a progressive disease, and you really have to figure out how to take control.”
Here are 10 ways to do it, no prescriptions required.
1. Keep an Eye on Your Carb Intake
2. Avoid Eating Large Meals
3. Fill Up on Fiber
4. Get More Quality Shuteye
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