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Tips to Help Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels!

If you have type 2 diabetes, it will come as no surprise to you that lifestyle has a major impact on your diabetes, especially your blood sugar control. The first line of treatment that is usually applied in 90% of people with type 2 who are overweight or obese, is to implement a weight loss plan where there is a change in diet and an increase in physical activity.
These are lifestyle tips to help you achieve blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible:

1. Fiber is the unsung hero of type 2 diabetes. Research shows foods high in fiber, especially soluble fiber, slows the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream ... this helps with control of your blood sugar levels. Fiber also helps to satisfy your hunger, maintain a healthy weight and lowers your cholesterol levels.
2. Eat plenty of high-fiber, non starchy fruits including cherries, kiwi fruit, apples, and fruits in the berry family, eg. blueberries, blackberries. They contain lots of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
3. People who eat the most vegetables have the lowest long-term risks associated with type 2 diabetes. Non-starchy, high-fiber vegetables are best as they are high in nutrients and contain the least carbohydrates. The fiber in vegetables blunts your body's response to naturally occurring sugar.
4. Low glycemic index (low-GI) foods ... certain foods have an especially low-GI value: beans and other legumes, green leafy vegetables, most fruits, barley (great in soup).
5. Eat healthy oils and fats ... virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocados and nuts are known to lower your risk for both blood sugar problems and cardiovascular conditions.

6. The most common cooking oils ...corn, safflower, cottonseed, soybean, peanut oil and any type of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil increase your risk of becoming overweight. They all interfere with normal insulin function and alter the regulation of your blood sugars.
7. Kidney, pinto or lima beans, are packed with soluble fiber and will blunt the entry of sugar into your bloodstream. Soluble fiber also helps to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
8. Eating small meals more often, at regularly timed intervals, will give you much better blood sugar control rather than infrequent large meals. Large meals cause more sugar to enter your bloodstream quickly and make it difficult for your pancreas to produce insulin in proportion to the amount you eat at each sitting. Research show type 2 diabetics who eat smaller meals more often, make better food choices eating less sugary foods and less calories.
9. Moderate exercise helps your muscle cells become sensitive to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that transports blood sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells. Gradually increasing your activity to thirty minute sessions five or six times per week can often lower your blood sugar levels by fifty or more points. Exercise is really protective when used in conjunction with a low-GI eating plan.
High insulin and blood sugar levels can be looked on as the result of taking in more food than the body can really manage ... so cutting back really will lessen the burden!
To see how your body responds to various foods, do a little detective work of your own. And don't forget to take portion sizes into account ... these can have a huge effect on your blood sugar levels.
To download your free copy of my E-Book, click here now: Answers to Your Questions it's based on questions diabetics have asked me over recent months.
Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.


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