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Interesting methods for healthy blood sugar levels.
Read these 13 researched methods on how to maintain healthy blood sugar (glucose) and insulin levels.
Much research has been conducted on the best types of diet for a diabetic and how to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
When you understand how much diet can affect someone with diabetes, or influence someone’s development of the disease, it’s easy to understand why. While diet is key there are other factors that have been researched, too. Here is a selection of interesting recommendations – food-related and other – that have been proven to maintain healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.
Let loose and laugh
Japanese scientists have established that laughter is the best medicine! Diabetics who watched a comedy after dinner experienced lower blood sugar levels than others who listened to a boring lecture.
Get your 8 hours
Numerous studies have found that not getting enough sleep has a serious effect on your blood sugar and insulin levels.
Walk it off
A large American study found that walking 2 km a day would cut the risk of dying from diabetes by a third and that by walking the 10 km each week would also reduce a diabetic’s chance of dying from heart disease by 34%.
Decide on decaf
According to British researchers, a cup of decaf is best when the sweet tooth takes over.
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A study found that just 10 minutes of relaxation each day, significantly improved blood sugar levels, particularly in people with high sugar levels.
The following foods help to support insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing diabetes in general:
- Non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, and peppers.
- Tomatoes, which are an excellent source of vitamins C and E.
- Citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and limes.
- High-fibre foods, including beans and lentils.
- Some whole grains, such as oats, quinoa, and barley.
- Protein-rich foods, including lean meats, fish, soy, legumes, and nuts.
- Fish with a high omega-3 fatty acid content, such as salmon, sardines, and herring.
- Foods that contain antioxidants, such as berries.
- Sweet potatoes, which have a lower GI than regular potatoes.
- Water, especially as a substitute for sweetened drinks.
- Unsweetened teas.
- Unsweetened yoghurt.
We all have questions.
Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.
Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.
What is the normal HbA1C level?
It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:
- 4 – 6% Non-diabetic range.
- < 7% Well-controlled diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable diabetic control > 8%
- Poor diabetic control needs attention.
What is the main cause of Diabetes?
Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes can be caused by either genetics or lifestyle choices.
What are the first signs of diabetes?
- Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
- Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
- Significant weight loss or gain.
- You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
- Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
- Blurred vision.
- Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.
Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?
Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, as either a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.
Can I test myself for Diabetes?
Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm a Diabetes diagnosis. This is because a series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.
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What will I be covered for?
With just one phone call, you could be offered comprehensive Diabetic Life Cover and Diabetic Disability Cover (optional). A simple underwriting process is completed once you’ve signed up, usually consisting of common blood tests, to determine if full cover can be continued.
What happens after I‘m covered?
After you’re covered you can enjoy the benefit of our Health Control Programme where we remind and assist you when it comes to regular tests and checkups, ensuring that you live a healthy and happy life.
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