Five Tips to Keep Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important for everyone. Find out some tips on how to keep your blood sugar at a normal rate now.

November 09, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Blood sugar, also known as glucose, represents sugar in your blood. Glucose is the major source of energy for most cells in your body. The food you eat plays a huge role in determining your blood sugar levels.

Those with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood, which can cause heart attacks, strokes, and more health issues. Since diabetes affects 29.1 million people and 86 million have prediabetes, it’s important to know how to keep your blood sugar levels healthy.

Click the photos below to find out how.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

 

Try to avoid excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, soda, and sweet drinks, as they are known to cause blood sugar spikes. And don’t forget to eat breakfast; it helps to steady blood sugar throughout the day.

 

Know Your Numbers

 

Normal blood sugar numbers are less than 100 mg/dl. Blood sugar starting at 126 mg/dl and up is considered diabetic. If you are diabetic, you can use an A1C test to check your levels, but be sure to speak with your doctor to find out how often you need to do so.

 

Check Your Medicine Cabinet

 

Certain drugs, like statins for cholesterol or steroids for asthma, can affect your risk of diabetes. Be sure to ask your doctor what medicine you can take without this added side effect.

 

Take a Risk Test

 

You can calculate your risk of diabetes by taking a simple diabetes test here. Take the results to your next doctor’s appointment. A higher score might mean you could benefit from more frequent checkups.

 

Get Active

 

Adding cardio and strength training at least two to three times a week can help lower your chance of diabetes. Walking after meals also helps to lower blood sugar, even if it’s just for a few minutes every half hour or so.

 

Take this quick diabetes quiz to further test your knowledge and to find out how to stay on top of your health.

 

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