Discover these easy but amazing steps for fighting diabetes!
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1) You probably already know that fiber can help you in the bathroom, while protein can aid you in the energy department. But did you know that both fiber and protein can work to lower your post-meal blood sugar levels? They can also aid long-term fasting glucose levels!
2) As soluble fiber moves through your digestive system, it attaches to cholesterol particles. So when soluble fiber exists your body, it lowers both total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol levels while reducing your risk for heart disease.
3) Insoluble fiber aids your digestive system by adding bulk to your stool, and it helps you avoid constipation, hemorrhoids, and incontinence.
4) The main diabetes-fighting benefit of fiber comes from its ability to slow your digestion. That means it will help your body moderate the release of glucose into your blood stream, which will help you avoid a blood sugar spike.
5) Did you know that going for a 20 to 30 minute walk after eating can help lower blood sugar? In fact, physical activity is one of the quickest ways to bring down glucose levels, especially if you get active within 3 hours after eating!
6) Regular exercise can help your muscle cells become less clogged with intromyocellular fat, and it can make your muscle cells more receptive to insulin.
7) A daily post-meal walking regime can work to reduce long-term fasting glucose levels, while also helping you manage your immediate post-meal blood sugar.
8) The 5:2 Intermittent Fasting diet means that you avoid eating for 16 hours of the day, while you limit yourself to an 8 hour eating window.
9) When you fast, your body won’t have glucose to process, which, in turn, will result in less insulin floating through your blood stream. Over time, this can help your muscle cells become more sensitive to insulin.
10) Try to replace as many “bad” carbs, with sources of simple sugar – like crackers, candies, and baked goods, with sources of complex carbs – like vegetables, nuts, and 100% whole grain products.