Who knew that two common kitchen items would have such significance on a world-wide issue.. Coffee and cinnamon have recently been recognized as foods that might be able to help improve blood sugar levels. However these are not magic bullets, and do not replace a balanced diet with exercise....But it certainly can't hurt to sprinkle the aromatic spice regularly onto your morning oatmeal…. Some foods, like white bread, convert almost immediately to blood sugar ,whereas other foods, like brown rice, are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar. Below are just a few suggested foods which may help to keep your blood sugar in check…. Oatmeal can help control blood sugar -- buy the old fashioned, not the individual serving packets, as they are sweetened. Even though it's a carbohydrate , and is high in soluble fiber, it will help to keep you feeling fuller longer and is slower to digest so it won't raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. That's important for people with type 2 diabetes, who may be overweight , and by reducing your weight significantly improves the glucose control. Barley which is also high in soluble fiber , may also help with blood glucose control. Although it is not as popular as oatmeal, it is suggested people try eating boiled pearl barley in place of rice. Besides oats and barley, most whole grains are going to be a great choice for a person with diabetes. Add plenty of non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, green beans, legumes ( beans) and broccoli to your diet , these foods are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, which make them ideal for people with diabetes. In contrast, starchy vegetables include potatoes, corn, winter squash, and peas , give us additional nutrients and keep our body in balance. Starchy vegetables have more carbohydrates and raise blood sugar more, so it is important to stick to portion controlled sizes, Recent evidence shows, that vegetables, nuts and certain fruits are healthy for people with diabetes, such as apples, bananas, coconuts and various nuts, pistachio' s are excellent Studies have found that a low-fat vegan diet may help type 2 diabetes patients to better manage their sugars , and the vegan group also lost more weight and lowered levels of bad cholesterol, because people with diabetes are more prone to heart disease.. Some diabetes patients don't eat strawberries because of their sweetness, but a cup of strawberries is a healthy snack that won't raise blood sugar that much, and are a much better choice than candy or cookies. They are high in fiber and water, low in calories and carbs an they give a feeling of fullness Meats, like Steak, skinless chicken breast and Fish which are high in protein, especially Salmon because it contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and don't affect blood sugar as much as carbohydrates and are good choices . Meat also contains of the mineral chromium which enables insulin to function properly and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates. Some people with type 2 diabetes take chromium picolinate, a supplement ,to try to keep blood sugar under control. However research does not show enough evidence to support the theory… Drinking ice water is very important...however at times can become boring…. Go for sugar-free sparkling waters or selzer water...carbonated beverages come in various flavors, of citrus fruits , many sparkling waters have no carbohydrates or calories -- making them exceptionally good for blood sugar levels, and also weight control . *If your blood sugar reading is below 70 and you experience symptoms such as sweating , shaking or difficulty thinking clearly, you will need to raise the number immediately . You can drink a glass of orange juice , eat a few pieces of hard candy, a tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck again in 15 minutes to see if the levels have changed. If no change notify a physician. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals , even if your numbers are high,it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar. One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. People who experience hypoglycemia several days a week .. should monitor their levels each day so they can make sure the numbers are within range. It is important to continue to track the numbers daily, so that lifestyle changes can be made as needed . *** If you experience any of the above and symptoms are not resolved….CONTACT your Healthcare provider immediately….If you are pregnant always consult with your physician. . One of the first steps is to monitor / check your levels several times a day, this will also help to determine what effect certain foods have on your blood levels...so keeping a record or journal can be beneficial.... There is no real answer to why some people get this disease…but my feelings are it starts as an auto-immune- deficiency ...where our body breaks down…stress/anxiety/strife play a large factor in many health issues…keeping positive and a healthy active lifestyle helps to promote good health… I live with this condition myself and wrote this article to share with the many others that are frustrated, as this is a rapidly growing issue worldwide...and spares no age….
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