Worried about blood sugar fluctuations? Well, don’t. Here are six tips from Dr. Ganesh Kadhe, Associate Director of Nutrition, Medicine and Science at Abbott, on how you can control your blood sugar and stay healthy, even with diabetes.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly
Your food choices go a long way when you have diabetes. Some are better than others. Eat something every 2.5 to 3 hours, with no more than four to five hours between meals. Eating food and snacks at a specific time helps keep your blood glucose levels within the target range. Include low glycemic index (GI) foods in every meal such as whole grains, brown rice, oats, etc. Avoid refined grains such as white bread, noodles, white rice, etc. as they can increase blood sugar levels. Regular exercise is just as important for maintaining normal blood sugar levels. But check your blood sugar before and after exercise, and avoid exercising if your blood sugar is too high or too low.
Control your cholesterol levels
Diabetes tends to lower good cholesterol and higher triglycerides and bad cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol levels also lead to a common complication of diabetes known as diabetic dyslipidemia, which can lead to clogged arteries and coronary complications. Ideally, avoid a diet high in saturated and trans fats, such as fast food – hamburgers, pizza, fried snacks, as they raise LDL cholesterol.
Check your blood sugar regularly
For a diabetic patient, it is the blood sugar that indicates whether he / she has high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in the blood. Both are extremely dangerous. The best way to check your blood sugar regularly is to have a meter on hand. Check your HbA1C twice a year. HbA1C (hemoglobin A1C) is a simple blood test that measures how well your diabetes is being controlled over time. It is designed to measure the average blood sugar level and check if it is within the required range. It is important to take this test either twice a year or once every three months, depending on how well your diabetes is controlled.
Take your medications regularly
Adherence to prescribed medication at the recommended amount and on schedule is important for good diabetes control. Lack of medication can increase your risk of a number of diabetes-related health complications.
Add Diabetes Blend
Along with lifestyle changes and regular exercise, it is recommended that you add a specific diabetes formula to your diet plan. Look for a formula that contains special ingredients such as complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants to help control the sustained release of glucose. Ideally, the mixture should be included in your breakfast, lunch, or dinner as a partial replacement for one of your modified meals. It helps control blood glucose levels and weight.
Lose those extra pounds
Obesity is one of the most important mitigating factors for diabetes. Obesity also leads to a sharp increase in cholesterol levels, which increases the likelihood of heart disease.