Taking Control of High Blood Sugar
Managing high blood sugar is challenging, but practicing everyday healthy habits is a great way to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Here are just a few things that can make a huge difference.
Get More Exercise
Staying active and keeping an exercise routine is a great way to lose extra weight. It also helps you retain sensitivity to insulin, helping to keep blood sugar levels within healthy ranges. Generally, most adults should get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If other health issues keep you from being too active, a doctor can help find an exercise routine appropriate for you. Always stay hydrated and keep a snack or glucose tablet nearby in case your levels get too low.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
The food that you eat has a tremendous impact on managing high blood sugar, both short and long term. Balance your meals, but emphasize on fiber and whole grains. Whole grains help in maintaining blood sugar levels, and fibrous foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans help you to lose weight by making you feel fuller after eating.
Make sure to note your carbohydrate intake, since it often has a large impact on your blood sugar levels. Portion control is key. Try and keep a list of foods you eat often and use measuring cups to enforce proper portion sizes for these foods.
Finally, avoid sugary beverages. Sweet drinks are often very calorie-dense, make your blood sugar levels rise quickly, and offer basically nothing in the way of actual nutrition. The only exception is if you are experiencing very low blood sugar levels and need an immediate boost. In such a case, a small serving of soda pop or juice will work in a pinch. Otherwise, cut them out completely.
Maintaining a healthy diet does a lot more than just help in managing high blood sugar. Preventing obesity, for example, significantly reduces the risk of many other chronic diseases. There is even mounting evidence that keeping blood sugar levels under control can help prevent Alheimer’s disease from developing later in life.
Regularly Check Your Blood Sugar Levels
Checking your blood glucose levels regularly is very important when getting into a new diet or exercise routine. By checking your levels before and after eating a new kind of food or engaging in a new type of exercise, you can confirm for yourself exactly how these things are actively affecting your blood sugar levels. This method allows you to fine tune your diet and workouts over time. For optimal results, record this information and share it with your doctor. This can help to optimize your management plan along with any prescription medications you might be using.
Research has also shown that those who self-monitor their blood glucose levels at home experience lower levels compared to those who do not. In fact, the more times per day (to a point) that a person measures their blood glucose levels, the lower those levels become. More precisely, studies report a 0.25% decrease in blood glucose levels for each time it is measured, effective for up to 6-8 times per day. This correlation between self-measurement and lowered blood glucose levels holds true regardless of the type of diabetes.
How TruSense Can Help
TruSense offers a specialized kit ideal for monitoring the blood glucose levels in those with pre-diabetes, type 1, or type 2 diabetes. It includes both a blood glucose meter and a weight scale. These devices connect instantly to the TruSense mobile app (available for free download on Apple and Android) and make it easy to keep a daily record of your vital biometrics, maintain awareness of the state of your blood sugar, and lessen the impacts of chronic illness.