12 Tips On How To Quickly Lower High Blood Sugar Levels

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12 Tips To Improve A High Sugar Value In Your Blood Quickly

​Is your blood sugar ​level too high? Want ​to ​get it back to normal as soon as possible?​

This can be difficult if you don't know precisely what to do.

Fortunately, in this blog, I'm going to give you 12 tips on how to lower high sugar ​levels without medication.

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The effect of eating too much sugar

​High sugar ​levels in your blood ​should concern you and set off alarm bells. Regardless ​of whether you are pre-diabetic or already ​diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In both cases, you want to ​avoid high sugar levels as much as possible. In the long run, this ​will prevent many of the symptoms and consequences from materializing.

As the words suggest, if your blood sugar ​​level is too high, you have too much sugar in your blood.

This ​is not because you happened to ​​eat unhealthily for a couple of days, but ​rather because you've been eating far too much sugar for many years. Your body is a perfectly functioning mechanism that can sort many things out by itself. When you occasionally eat something sweet, your body is able to absorb these sugars and transport them to your cells.

And, yes, you guessed it:

Unfortunately, this is not the case with you. Your body has suffered so severely over the years that it can no longer process the surplus ​sugar. Your blood sugar ​​level is therefore too high and you stand a ​very real chance of developing many complications like diabetic foot or neuropathy.

Purpose of this article

This is the consequence of following a consistently bad diet. However, by switching to a good diet, ​it is possible to ​normalize your blood sugar ​​level again. ​ You can do several things to ​stabilize your ​blood sugar ​levels. ​This article gives you 12 tips on how to ​quickly lower high blood sugar ​​levels.

#1 Stop drinking those horrible soft drinks

I'll never get tired of ​repeating it:

Stop drinking sodas and so-called "soft" drinks that make you sick

This is not a joke. It's deadly serious because they ​literally do make you ​ill.

One of the main reasons ​so many people nowadays suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity is ​because they drink too many sugary beverages.

But why do people get so sick from them?

"​From an evolutionary perspective, our bodies ​have not ​learned how to handle liquid calories."

​Apart from being unable to ​process these types of calories, your body gets no feeling of fullness from them either. ​These sugars end up being converted by your liver into bad fats that are immediately stored and thus make you fatter.

It's ​hardly surprising therefore that nowadays an increasingly large ​proportion of the population ​is overweight ‒ especially in America, where this is a huge problem. ​In the U.S., 1 person in 3 ​is overweight (source). And if we ​continue ​to live this lifestyle, 1 in 3 of us will have type 2 diabetes ​by 2050.

​And it's not only about the excess ​sugar you drink. ​People who drink sodas ​tend to be the same people who eat fast food.

This ​is the win-win combination in ​a nightmarish lottery where the ​big prize is a bad case of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Beware

Try to keep away from all ​types of sugary drinks, ​including fruit juices, ​sodas, and iced tea. ​The only thing they're good for ​is damaging your health. Instead, ​​choose healthy sugar-free drinks ​like water, tea, and coffee.


#2 Start moving ​to lower your blood sugar ​​level

​​It's fairly safe to say that type 2 diabetes patients didn't develop their disease ​by ​indulging in excessive exercise. On the contrary, ​it's ​highly ​likely that most of you ​barely moved ​at all, as it's almost impossible to develop this disease when ​​you get regular exercise​.

Which automatically brings me to this tip:

​Exercise more often.

Movement is vital to keep ​a body healthy. But it's difficult for many people to do because ​of their sedentary professions. The only movement they get is when they go to the toilet. And that's because you REALLY have to and not because you want too.

Important information

Exercise is an absolute must if you want to ​lower your blood sugar ​​level. Research shows that a 15-minute walk ​after eating a meal can ​work wonders on ​your blood sugar.

​So you don't have to subscribe to a gym, a swimming club, or a running group. A simple ​15-minute walk after every meal is enough to see a ​fall in your blood sugar ​​level.


#3 Avoid ​added sugars and ​fast sugars

High blood sugar isn't called "high blood SUGAR" for nothing.

You​ are ill because ​you have consumed​ excessive amounts of sugar and carbs.

​Carbs are broken down into sugars in the stomach and absorbed into the bloodstream ​in the same way as regular sugars.

Fortunately, This is not the case with all types of carbs. But I'll come back to that later in the article.

Additional information

The body a​bsorbs sugars and low-glycemic carbs ​very quickly. This guarantees a substantial and rapid increase ​in your blood sugar ​​level.

​To absorb the sugars, our cells need insulin, which causes them to open and ​allow the sugar in. The rapid rise in blood sugar levels prevents the body from correctly estimating​​ how much insulin is needed to absorb all the sugars. The pancreas must, therefore, run at full speed to release insulin.

​If this process happens too often and for too long, your cells will eventually become insensitive to insulin. This means that not all the sugars can be absorbed from your bloodstream. And voila​! This results in blood sugar ​​levels that are too high. Click here to learn everything about your blood sugar levels. 

So, in particular, avoid fast sugars and added sugars. Think of products such as:

  • Soft drinks
  • All products made out of dough
  • Candy
  • Potato chips
  • Fast food

Not only ​must we avoid these products in particular, but we in the ​West​ need to cut down on ​carbs ​in general, 

Which brings me to ​my next tip.


#4 Eat ​fewer carbs

Sugars that are processed quickly by the body (and added sugars) are not the only harmful things you can eat. ​Simple carbohydrates are also unhealthy, as I ​mentioned ​earlier.

I can hear you thinking:

"What the hell are "​simple" carbs?"

These are carbs ​the body can break down easily.

​Carbs that are easy to break down ​are also absorbed quickly into the blood. And you don't want that. Thus, the "healthy" carbohydrates are the more complex ​ones.

What makes a carbohydrate complex?

​Complex carbohydrates are more difficult for the body to break down and are, therefore, ​absorbed more slowly into the blood. This is the case, for example, when ​a product contains a lot of fiber.

​Carbohydrates that contain soluble fiber are surrounded by a gel-like layer. This makes​ them much more difficult to break down.

Tip!

Good to remember is:

  • A complex carbohydrate has a low glycemic index
  • An easy-to-break-down (​simple) carbohydrate has a high glycemic index

Fast carbs usually only contain sugars. And, unfortunately, most people don't know this. That may also ​explain why most people's diets ​consist of 60% carbs. That's a lot.

And ​it's only possible when you eat carbs with every meal.

Breakfast usually consists of bread or cereal.

Lunch also consists of bread.

And during dinner, many of us eat potatoes with our vegetables. Bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta, and rice all contain these fast carbs.

The solution

Make sure that up to 30% of your diet consists of healthy carbs. This corresponds approximately with 100 to 150 grams of carbs a day and ​will ensure that your (fasting) blood sugar ​​level drops quickly. Perfect if you want to achieve the ​ ideal sugar ​​level.


# 5 Use the golden duo to improve your sugar ​levels

And I'm not talking about peanut butter and jelly. Although it is very tasty... and unhealthy.

Earlier you ​read that it's healthy to lower your carbohydrate consumption.

"That's all very well, Marloes, but what should I eat instead?"

Good question.

Fortunately, two macronutrients remain:

Fats and protein. Those are the two heroes in this beautiful fairy tale.

What I do not want you to do is reduce your carbs AND not eat anything else instead. Chances are that you will eat way too little.

Replace the carbs with fats and protein. Of the two, I prefer healthy fats because fats do not raise your blood sugar and insulin levels. This is the healthiest ​macronutrient to eat as a diabetes patient. But when you combine it with protein, you have a very good mix.

Both nutrients also increase satiety. So they ​fill you a lot more than carbs do.

Replacements for carbs

Examples of healthy dishes:

  • A cheese omelet
  • ​Bacon and egg
  • Full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or Greek yogurt
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Salad with avocado and meat

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# 6 ​Improve your blood sugar ​​level with spices

The average western person does not have a large spice cabinet in the kitchen.

And that is very unfortunate. Eating more spices means eating healthily and therefore living a healthier life. Expanding the spice cabinet is not a bad idea.

I ​could list all the spices that are good for ​you. But if I did, you wouldn't​ be able to finish ​reading this article today. 

​So, to save time and space, I'll just give you a number of spices that have a healthy effect on blood sugar levels. Because that's why you're reading this, isn't it?

Spices that lower your sugar level

  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon appears to slow down the digestion of carbs. This causes sugars to be absorbed less quickly and thus prevents a sugar and insulin peak. In addition, it also appears to increase insulin sensitivity. This means that less insulin is needed to process the same amount of sugar. Cinnamon appears to be able to lower blood sugar levels by 10 to 29% (source).

  • Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb that is eaten in many Middle-Eastern countries. It appears to have many medicinal effects. The active compound in turmeric is curcumin. The most powerful effect of curcumin is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation plays an important role in almost all Western diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Turmeric is a strong-tasting herb. That's why ​some people ​may prefer to take ​their turmeric in the form of curcumin capsules, which are readily available and relatively tasteless.

  • Basil

Basil also appears to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Basil is an herb that you probably know from ​Italian cuisine. It's often used on pizzas and pasta. Ironically, it's one of the very few healthy ingredients ​​in pizza and pasta. Research shows that basil reduces blood sugar levels after a meal (source). However, I ​recommend you eat the basil ​and ​​steer clear of the pizza and pasta, for obvious health reasons.

  • Fenugreek

Last but not least: fenugreek. Fenugreek is an herb that is widely used in Indian cuisine. Not bad, because ​Indian cuisine is delicious. Fenugreek has a sharp and bitter taste and is often used in curries. Research shows that fenugreek has a positive effect on the hormone insulin. It appears to lower the blood sugar level of diabetic patients (source).


#7 Choose the right spread for your bread

As a small child, you have a lot of choices for making your sandwich. There are often a dozen ​options in any household. From Nutella to cheese and from sandwich spread to jam.

But eating Nutella ​in your ​sandwich is like squashing a Snickers bar between two slices of bread. Plus, chocolate is ​basically candy.

It would be very strange to eat a lollipop for breakfast. Eating Nutella is just as strange with its ​five and a half teaspoons of sugar in ​the average slice-sized ​serving.

So we automatically come to the conclusion:

"Sweet spreads on bread must ​go!"

What is good to put on bread? The golden duo is ideal for bread. What is the golden duo again? The combination of fats and protein. Products that fit this ​description include:

  • (Cream) cheese
  • Meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs, preferably with egg yolk (no, it's not bad for your cholesterol)

You may find ​the choice a bit limited. But it'll certainly ​be good for your health.


# 8 Choose the right breakfast recipe

The products mentioned above are healthy because they all contain the golden duo (fats and protein). ​Unfortunately, bread itself isn't ​all that healthy.

Of course, the whole wheat variety is always better than white.

  • Yet, in an ideal diabetic diet, you don't want to be eating bread at all.

In the morning, it's better to choose a high-fat breakfast. Think of an omelet, full-fat yogurt, or oatmeal.

​"Wait a minute!" you should be saying if you're paying attention, "Did ​you just say 'oatmeal'? But you told us oatmeal isn't ​fat-rich but ​carb-rich, and we shouldn't be eating high-carb ​products for breakfast in the morning, or ​any other time for that matter!"

Yes, you're absolutely right. I did say that. However, oatmeal is the exception to the rule. Oatmeal is a product that you can find in nature and is therefore not processed. It still contains all the healthy compounds, which is exactly why this product is so healthy.


​It contains:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants

And, apart from all these valuable compounds, oatmeal has another ingredient that makes it an excellent breakfast for diabetic patients, and that is a special type of fiber called:

  • Beta-glucan

​​Health claims on behalf of the fiber were successfully assessed by the EU's European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). And believe me, ​that's not ​an easy thing to achieve.

This fiber partially dissolves in water, making it a gel-like suspension. As a result, the carbs from oatmeal cannot be absorbed quickly into the blood. So your sugar level ​remains stable.

And, not surprisingly, it turns out that beta-glucan lowers blood sugar and insulin levels.

So, ​one type of carb-rich breakfast dish ​is indeed very healthy and that dish is oatmeal! Very convenient ​for lowering your blood sugar ​​level.


#9 Eat more indigestible carbs

This tip ​follows on nicely from the previous ​one. Oatmeal is healthy because of beta-glucan, a fiber.

It would appear that ​fiber ​is always very healthy. Fiber ​is actually carbs that the stomach and intestines cannot ​digest. ​Therefore, unlike 'regular' carbs, ​it isn't absorbed by ​the body. ​

By now, you know that the sugars our bodies ​can absorb quickly are unhealthy.

​Consuming these sugars ​results in ​a significant increase in your blood sugar and insulin levels. And that is the very reason that you have developed type 2 diabetes.

Fiber can prevent these spikes.

Fiber is found in unprocessed vegetable products.

Think of:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Legumes (beans)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

Does this list ring any bells? It should do because these are indeed all very healthy products. And you've probably already guessed ​the reason why:

  • The fiber

Fiber ensures that the carbs in the products mentioned above are digested slowly. As a result, the carbs are also slowly absorbed into our blood. And that's why ​high-fiber products are a lot healthier.


#10 Take the right snacks for ​normal sugar levels

When you ask ​people which snacks are healthy, most of them find it hard to name anything besides:

  • Fruit
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Potato chips

Beware

Cookies are literally nothing but sugars. They do not ​relieve your hunger. ​Even worse: they make you more hungry. They ruin your blood sugar levels and create insulin dips that make you feel tired shortly after eating them. They are quite probably ​the main reason ​people developed type 2 diabetes.

Okay, now that we've ironed out this misunderstanding, ​back to the point:

"What ​makes a healthy snack?"

I've already indicated that fruit is a good snack. But there's more besides fruit:

  • Pure chocolate, 70% cocoa or more (or sugar-free chocolate)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • ​Full-fat yogurt

All these products are healthy because they are rich in fat, high in protein and/or high in fiber. There are also no added sugars, and they ​​make you feel full.


#11 The layout of your plate is important

By now, you probably know that processed sugars and carbs are your enemies. And that you should, preferably, reduce the total amount of carbs you eat to 30%.

  • The last lesson of this article is how to layout your dinner plate.

​At dinner, most people ​help themselves ​to potatoes (​rice, pasta, etc.) first, then take a piece of meat, and ​lastly ​a few vegetables.

Ideally, you ​should be ​conducting this whole ​procedure the opposite way around.

​Starting ​with the vegetables, ​fill half ​your plate with them. Then ​grab a piece of meat, and finally, ​add the carbohydrate source (beans, potatoes, pasta or rice).

This way of "filling your plate" will make your blood sugar level very happy. Vegetables need to be the biggest part of your diet. They are high in fiber and contain many vitamins, minerals​, and antioxidants.


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​PS. What do you do to lower a high blood sugar ​​level? Leave a comment below

About the Author

Ben Kuiper is a pharmacist and an expert in the field of type 2 diabetes.

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