5 Ways to Help Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check

As those with diabetes are sure to say, healthy blood sugar levels are an important aspect of good health. Sugar is essentially what makes one’s body go, and an imbalance can mean serious trouble. Type 1 and 2 diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, obesity, and many other illnesses have their roots in such an imbalance. A vast majority of people today are either unaware of this potential problem, have no idea what to do about it, or simply don’t care. Young, old, healthy, or sick, it is always the right time to start thinking about blood sugar levels, and it can be surprisingly easy. Here are 5 simple methods to keep your blood sugar in check from Sell Diabetic test strips.

1) Eat small amounts of food regularly

Eat breakfast! Research has shown that people who eat small regular meals throughout the day, beginning with a meal upon waking, have lower and more balanced blood sugar levels. This is because of two main reasons. First, the influx of glucose from breakfast into the body gives it a much needed reprieve from the lack of food and sugar it receives while are sleeping. Without this morning rush of glucose, the body goes into a form of “starvation mode”, where the pancreas floods the body’s system with insulin. The insulin then retrieves stored sugar from elsewhere to tide the body over until the next meal. Essentially, the body thinks it is starving and does not try to regulate or lower blood sugar levels as much as it should. It has no idea when it will have another influx of food. The second reason is that small regular meals help to control the amount of sugar the blood can have dissolved in it at any time. It also prevents this “starvation mode” and convinces the body that it will have regular meals whenever it needs it. This lets the pancreas take a bit of a break in producing all that insulin to regulate blood sugar, which will help it to stay healthier in the long run.

2) Cinnamon

You may have used this common spice in cooking, baking, or even as a topper on your hot beverage, but you probably never knew the benefits of such a versatile spice. A study in which participants ingested varying amounts of cinnamon or a placebo found that blood sugar levels dropped an average of 25% in a little over a month. It is not fully understood why cinnamon does this, but it has been verified that cassia cinnamon (the regular kind found at grocery stores) provides the best results. Unfortunately, you can have too much of a good thing. Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which is a compound that can potentially harm the liver if ingested in large amounts. However, a sprinkle on food every other day is perfectly harmless, while still providing the benefit of lower, more controlled blood sugar levels.

3) Exercise

Exercise gives a multitude of bonuses, both for the regulation of blood sugar levels and general health. The act of exercise burns some of the glucose in your blood, helping to keep the levels within normal limits. The loss of fatty weight helps to improve the efficiency of insulin and glucagon (the chemical produced that stores glucose in your body), which helps to further regulate sugar levels. Lastly, the gain of muscle mass means that more sugar is needed to keep the body functioning as there are more muscle cells to feed, which means that there will be lower blood sugar levels. Even something as simple as a short walk every day can make a positive difference in the body’s health.

4) Whole grains

Whole grains are more difficult for the body to break down, as they contain large amounts of complex carbohydrates. Because they are harder to break down into sugars, they take longer to do so. This regulates the levels of sugar that enters the system. Instead of a giant spike in levels, there is a manageable stream that is just enough to sustain the body, while not going above or below the acceptable limit. In addition to this, complex carbohydrates like whole grains end up lasting longer in the body and giving more energy in a way that is healthier for the body. Examples of whole grains are barley, corn, oats, and whole wheat breads and pastas.

5) Relax

Higher stress levels activate the body’s fight or flight response, prompting the pancreas to produce insulin that will release stored sugars into the blood stream to give the body the energy needed to face threats. The only problem is that this “threat” is having to go to your mother-in-law’s for a family dinner, or maybe it is that impossible deadline coming up at work. So in reality, this extra sugar is never used. Despite this, the body will continue to flood it’s system with sugar, as well as forcing itself to eat so it can keep the sugar levels up. This is not good to have happen to the body, which is why relaxing is the key. So next time you want to save a weekend for yourself, do it. It’s helping you to stay healthy.

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