Proven Ways to Get "Lower" Blood Sugar
Unless you're diabetic, most people don't think about their blood sugar, but here's why you should. Controlling your blood sugar is beneficial for your heart and overall health. "According to a Johns Hopkins study, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are some of the most harmful risk factors for cardiovascular disease," says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Bill McEvoy, M.B., B.Ch. "Keeping your blood sugar (as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels) under control is, therefore, one of the best things you can do for your heart." In addition, Dr. Leann Poston M.D., M.B.A., M.Ed with Invigor Medical tells Eat This, Not That! Health, "Blood sugar is important because the body needs to keep it within very strict boundaries. Too high and it can damage the inner lining of blood vessel walls. Too low and you get symptoms such as lightheadedness, fainting, nausea, and hunger." Normal blood sugar is anything less than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) and we talked with experts who explain how to achieve that range. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
What is Blood Sugar Exactly?
Dr. Steve Hruby, a Doctor of Chiropractic and founder at Kaizen Progressive Health says, "Blood sugar is the amount of glucose in your blood. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the food you eat. It is the main source of energy for your body. Your blood sugar level rises after you eat. This is because the food you eat is turned into glucose and absorbed into your bloodstream. Your body uses this glucose for energy."
How Blood Sugar Can Affect Your Overall Health and Daily Life
According to Dr. Hruby, "High blood sugar levels can damage your body over time. It can lead to health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. A high blood sugar level can also make it difficult to control your weight, and can cause you to feel tired and irritable."
Follow a Healthy Diet
"Your diet is a key factor in keeping your blood sugar level within a normal range," Dr. Hruby says. "Choose foods that are low in sugar and carbohydrates, and include plenty of fruits and vegetables. I also recommend limiting the amount of processed foods you eat."
Dr. Hruby states, "Exercise is another important way to help keep your blood sugar level within a normal range. A moderate amount of exercise is the key to keeping your blood sugar under control. I suggest getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week."
Monitor Your Blood Sugar Level
"Monitoring your blood sugar level is a key to keeping it within a normal range," Dr. Hruby shares. "I recommend checking your blood sugar level at least once a day. This will help you identify any patterns and make adjustments to your diet or exercise routine as needed."
Get Your Stress in Check
Dr. Poston says, "Learn to manage stress: Stress causes an increase in cortisol and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, together they mobilize glucose from your liver so your muscles have the energy to escape from danger."