Blood sugar numbers on the rise?
Try these three, science-approved tweaks to your lifestyle that can bring down blood sugar levels to a healthier range.
More Mediterranean meals
According to studies involving over 140,000 people, the risk of diabetes drops 21% for people following a Mediterranean diet – or, creating meals from plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, and olive oil. Fish and chicken are options too; red meat, butter, and sweets – less so. The phytonutrients and fibre found in abundance in plant-based foods help regulate healthy blood sugar levels.
Don’t miss breakfast
Missing your morning meal makes you more susceptible to type 2 diabetes.
Breakfast can stabilize blood sugar levels throughout your day, provided you’re consuming a mixed breakfast with protein, complex carbs, and fat – like yogurt mixed with fruit and nuts, for example.
Starting your day with lots of simple carbs (a bagel and OJ does the trick) is actually just as bad for your blood sugar levels as skipping a meal, according to experiments from the University of Minnesota.
Stay away from your desk (and television)
For every 20 minutes you spend sitting, you should be up and about for at least two minutes. A recent study from England found that regular walking breaks can promote healthy blood sugar levels and minimize any spikes in blood sugar post-mealtime.
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