Foods to lower blood glucose level

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Foods to lower blood glucose level
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Blood glucose levels measure how much glucose, or sugar, is in a patient's blood. For most patients, insulin (a hormone in the body) will stabilise blood glucose levels. For patients with diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections or oral medications to regulate your blood sugar. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating foods that do not cause the levels to shoot up.

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Nuts

Nuts are a quick and easy way to level out your blood glucose levels because they are a quick source of healthy fats. Nuts make a better snack than other salty, fatty snacks like chips or popcorn. A handful of nuts will keep your blood sugar from spiking up whenever you eat, because you can eat nuts steadily throughout the day. Nuts that are especially healthy and high in protein include almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews and pecans.

Vegetables

Sweet potatoes are lower in carbohydrates and sugar than their white counterparts, and they contain Chlorogenic acid, which helps the body produce insulin. Two ounces of onion a day can lower blood sugar dramatically. Several cloves of garlic a day can also help regulate blood sugar.

Fruits

Lemons and avocados can lower and regulate your blood glucose level. Cherries contain antioxidants that help insulin production, as well as being high in fibre, which will cause your blood sugar to stabilise while also having a sweet snack. Putting lemons or lemon juice in your tea and water during the day will keep your glucose levels stable. Putting lemon juice on top of your food can also lower your blood glucose level after eating a meal.

Grains

If it has been an hour or two since your last meal and you will not be eating another meal for a while, munch on whole grains with crackers made of oats or barley. Flax seeds can be sprinkled on top of meals in order to lower blood glucose levels after eating. Both oats and barley will make you feel more full and produce less glucose than if you ate processed, bleached grains.

Foods to Avoid

In order to keep your blood glucose level low, stay away from any foods containing processed sugar. Processed sugar in sugary cereals, desserts, or candy should not be eaten. Avoid processed carbohydrates like white rice, white pasta and foods made with white flour. These foods turn into sugar quickly, making your glucose levels increase drastically.

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