More than 23 million Americans have diabetes, and nearly one in four does not know it, according to the American Diabetes Association. In addition, 45 million more Americans are headed down the road to diabetes because they are classified as pre-diabetic, showing insulin resistance and higher than normal blood sugar levels which puts them at high risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years. Again, most people with pre-diabetes aren’t aware they have it.
Diabetes and pre-diabetes are major health concerns for the 21st century and typically affect those who are overweight, over 45 years of age or have a family history of diabetes. Our modern day lifestyle with little regular exercise and an unhealthy diet make pre-diabetes a growing concern.
In reality it is very easy to detect whether you have pre-diabetes and begin preventative measures. A simple fasting blood sugar test is all it takes to see if you have healthy blood sugar levels. For most, blood sugar levels can be slowed and even prevented with some sensible lifestyle changes.
Here are some tips to help you manage your blood sugar levels:
Healthy eating begins with healthy shopping. If you buy the right things then eating right follows on from there. Try to eat 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. Add a banana to your whole-grain cereal, cut up an apple for a snack and substitute a variety of colorful vegetables for fries, pasta and calorie-laden side dishes.
Fresh air and exercise have many health benefits including helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The Diabetes Prevention Program recommends a brisk 30-minute walk at least five days a week.
If you need an incentive to lose weight, this should be it. Losing as little as 5-7% of your body weight can lower your risk of becoming diabetic by 58%. If you weigh 200 pounds now, shedding just 10-14 pounds can be life-changing. Commit to losing a pound a week for the next 3 months. It will be easy if you are exercising and eating more healthily.
Taking a supplement and eating more foods that contain zinc can help bring down blood sugar levels. Supplements containing lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant has been found to improve the transport of glucose into your cells by as much as 63%.
Healthy Choice Naturals Glucose Factors can also help manage your blood sugar levels. It provides 13 essential herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals known to be effective in supporting and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.