12 Simple Tips to Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes

This Story looks at 12 simple things you can do to prevent blood sugar spikes.

1. A low-carb diet can help prevent blood sugar spikes and aid weight loss. Counting carbs can also help.

2. Refined carbs have almost no nutritional value and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

3. Sugar is effectively empty calories. It causes an immediate blood sugar spike and high intake is associated with insulin resistance.

4. Being overweight makes it difficult for your body to control blood sugar levels. Even losing a little weight can improve your blood sugar control.

5. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and stimulates cells to remove sugar from the blood.

6. Fiber can slow the absorption of carbs and the release of sugar into the blood. It can also reduce appetite and food intake.

7. Dehydration negatively affects blood sugar control. Over time, it can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

8. Vinegar has been shown to increase insulin response and help control blood sugar when taken with carbs.

9. Chromium and magnesium may help increase insulin sensitivity. Evidence shows they may be more effective together.

10. Both cinnamon and fenugreek are relatively safe. They may have beneficial effects on your blood sugar if you take them with a meal that contains carbs.

11. Berberine has minimal side effects and studies have shown it can reduce blood sugar spikes by 25% after you eat it.

12. Poor sleep, stress and high alcohol intake all negatively affect blood sugar. That’s why it is important to consider lifestyle interventions as well as diet.

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