Today is World Diabetes Day, a primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on November 14 each year.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar either because of the inability of the body to produce enough insulin or the inability to respond to the insulin so produced.
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is ‘Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future’.
As we mark this day world wide, let’s take a look at 7 crucial ways to control your blood sugar level:
1. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help you lose weight and increase insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity means your cells are better able to use the available sugar in your bloodstream. Exercise also helps your muscles use blood sugar for energy and muscle contraction.
2. Eating at right time, an appropriate amount of a balance carbohydrates, fats and proteins with fruits is essential. Not going on an empty stomach for long hours and not missing the meals are important.
3. If you’re overweight, it will be easier to stabilize blood sugar more effectively if you lose some weight. For most people with diabetes, losing just a few kilograms can make a difference in diabetes control or the need for medication.
4. Increase your fiber intake. Fiber slows carb digestion and sugar absorption. For these reasons, it promotes a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Eating plenty of fiber can help with blood sugar control, and soluble dietary fiber is the most effective.
5. Too little sleep or poor sleep can disrupt your hormones, leading to increased appetite, higher blood sugar, and a thicker waistline. Find a sleep routine that works for you.
6. Drinking enough water may help you keep your blood sugar levels within healthy limits. In addition to preventing dehydration, it helps your kidneys flush out the excess blood sugar through urine. Staying hydrated can reduce blood sugar levels and help prevent diabetes. Water is best.
7. Do not skip or delay meals. Breakfast is extremely important for you to control weight and other factors of health. We have all heard that breakfast is the day’s most important meal. Indeed, this is especially true for those who have diabetes.