5 Easy Ways To Manage Blood Sugar Levels: Dietary Changes

5 Easy Ways To Manage Blood Sugar Levels: Dietary Changes

23 Sep 2022 | 2 min Read

Neha Suryawanshi

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Having high blood sugar during pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy could increase the risk to the mother as well as the growing fetus. High blood sugars are linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirths, premature delivery, high birth weight, or a baby born with breathing problems.

There are multiple internal and external factors that contribute to impaired blood sugar management. Where internal factors can be managed by medications the external factor need proper control over diet, lifestyle, and daily habits.

A few of the dietary changes that help manage the blood sugar levels include:

Have control over your carbs

Carbs when broken down by the body they convert into sugars (mainly glucose), leading to a rise in the glucose level in the blood. Excess carb intake will hence lead to a rise in blood sugar levels and, in a few cases, might also affect insulin function.

Control your portion

Con trolling your meal portion helps manage healthy blood sugar as well as your weight. Practice habits like measuring or weighing your portion, using a smaller plate, maintaining a food journal, checking food labels, and eating your meals slowly so that you do not overeat.

Include fiber-rich food in your diet

A fiber-rich diet is known to improve the ability of the body to regulate blood sugar levels. Add a good number of fiber-rich foods like whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. Whole-grain bread, oatmeal, spinach, lentils, and beans are a few good options.

Keep yourself hydrated

A good amount of water intake is known to have an association with managing blood sugar levels as well as helping the body flush out the excess sugar in the urine. Avoid dehydration, keep drinking water at regular intervals.

Add blood sugar manging foods to the diet

Foods with medicinal properties that help manage or lower blood sugar levels can be added to the diet. Three such foods are apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and fenugreek seeds.

Along with these dietary changes, follow a healthy lifestyle to support better management of the blood sugar levels in the body.

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