According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million people have diabetes in this country. Perhaps an even more startling number is the 84 million US adults that have prediabetes, with most being unaware.
Over the last 20 years, the instances of diabetes in America has tripled. Diabetes is now the 7th leading cause of death in this country.
What is Going On?
I might as well have written, “junk food is the 7th leading cause of death in this country.” Actually, when you consider the role diet plays in heart disease, I can also write junk food is the leading cause of death in this country. But let’s stick with the role junk food plays in the development of diabetes…
Junk food is everywhere. Not only do these highly-processed foods line grocery store shelves, they’re in vending machines, at gas stations, in movie theaters, and promoted on billboards, TV, radio, and online.
When we eat processed foods, we are eating excess sugars and fats. This leads to weight gain which, more often than not, leads to type 2 diabetes. Our bodies were not designed to be overweight, and when we carry excess adipose tissue, or fat tissue, especially around the middle, our cells become resistant to insulin. Insulin, as you most likely know, is the hormone that moves sugar out of the blood and into the cells where it can be used for energy.
When our bodies can no longer use insulin properly and move the available glucose energy into the cells, the pancreas takes this as we don’t have enough insulin, and so it creates and churns out even more insulin. All of this insulin causes us to gain even more weight, which continues the vicious cycle.
Eventually our pancreas wears out and stops producing enough insulin to keep blood sugars under control. And what are we left with? Type 2 diabetes and a life that finds us dependent on prescription medications.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
5 Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally
Let’s start with the most obvious thing you can do to get your blood sugars nice and low and stable:
1. Clean Up Your Diet
Stop eating processed garbage – that has to be step one. Junk food offers nothing but manmade chemicals and empty calories in the form of excess fat and sugar.
By eliminating these foods and replacing them with whole foods consisting of meats, eggs, vegetables and some fruits, you will give your pancreas a much-needed break while at the same time lose weight.
If you are unsure of what exactly to eat, many diabetics have found the ketogenic diet to be beneficial in lowering their glucose and need for medications.
2. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise will help you lose weight and increase insulin sensitivity. Remember, it is insulin resistance (when your cells become insensitive or resistant to insulin) that starts the slippery slope into type 2 diabetes. You want your cells to become sensitive again to insulin so all of that glucose in your blood can easily get into your cells and power your body.
Excellent forms of exercise include biking, walking, swimming, dancing, hiking and weight lifting. The important thing is that you choose exercise you actually enjoy so that you will keep on doing it.
3. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Did you know it is much healthier for a diabetic to eat an entire orange than it is to drink a glass of orange juice? The reason is, once you juice a fruit, you are drinking essentially sugar water. In fact, fruit juice can have as much sugar in it as soda.
The reason the whole orange doesn’t impact blood glucose like orange juice is because the whole orange contains fiber. Fiber slows the digestion of carbs and absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This helps to promote a slow and gradual rise in blood sugar levels.
While both soluble and insoluble fiber are both beneficial, soluble fiber has been shown to be specifically beneficial in lowering blood sugar. So, eat more fiber!
4. Control Your Stress Levels
I know, I know! Easier said than done, right?
While it is next to impossible to eliminate the stressors in our lives (bills, bad relationships, a tyrannical boss), it is important that each of us develops coping strategies to deal with stress. Because stress can absolutely affect our blood sugar levels.
How does this happen?
Let’s say you eat perfectly, only whole foods with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, but your stress levels are through the roof every day. You are STILL at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This is because when we’re stressed, hormones such as glucagon and cortisol are secreted, and these hormones cause are blood sugar to spike.
Consider exercises like yoga or meditation to reduce the unhealthy effects of stress.
5. Use Cinnamon Extract
Cinnamon has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by decreasing insulin resistance at the cellular level. Other studies have shown that cinnamon can also lower blood sugar levels by up to 29%. Like fiber, cinnamon slows the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract, which in turn slows the rise of blood sugar after a meal. Just 1-6 grams of cinnamon extract per day can offer great blood sugar benefits.
These are just 5 natural ways you can lower your blood sugar naturally.
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