World Diabetes Day 2018 – Tips to Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Every year, World Diabetes Day is being observed on 14th November to raise awareness of a condition that millions of people around the world live with. It is basically an initiative that addresses growing concerns about the increase in the cases of this lifestyle disease. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin or the body is not able to use insulin to its best ability; all this results in spiked blood sugar levels.
Following are certain dos and don’ts that will definitely help you in managing blood sugar levels.
- Walk It Out
Maintain the habit of walking daily. Remember to do small things like, taking the stairs, heading to the grocery store on foot, and keeping that promise to your dog to take him on a walk. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
- Eat More Barley
Barley is a whole grain packed with fiber that tamps down your appetite and can help decrease blood sugar. It is believed that your gut bacteria interacts with barley, which may in turn help your body metabolize glucose (sugar).
- Bump Up Your Exercise Intensity
Exercise is a great way to boost your body’s ability to manage blood sugar, but making sure it’s a heart-pumping workout will help even more. Performing brief spurts of high-intensity exercise improved blood glucose levels in diabetics and healthy people for one to three days, per a 2013 review of research. Muscles soak up glucose during exercise to burn for energy, and the higher-intensity movements may aid this process even more.
- Go for Whole Fruit over Juice
We usually, drink more juice and therefore consume more calories and sugar than they would by just eating fruit.