How to Control High Blood Sugar Naturally

(Last Updated On: January 18, 2017)

Naturally control your blood sugar, and chances are you’ll reverse diabetes


 

Blood sugar overview

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ow high is too high? Normal blood sugar should be at 100 mg/dl, but blood sugar fluctuates throughout the day and depending on your baseline there are different goals for different people. You can set your own “normal” baseline. If your blood sugar is often around and over 200 – 250 mg/dl then you should set a goal of say 130 mg/dl for starters. Give yourself a break. I have a friend that gets so stressed out before checking hers it actually raises it for no other reason than stress.

This is important because controlling blood sugar is all about making small incremental changes that will sustain itself on the long run; remember, you are trying to achieve a balance. Know that is not only one single factor affecting your high glucose but a combination of many: poor diet, stress, lack of quality sleep, and  lack of activity, and also how advanced the diabetes process is. Tackle all of these factors together or the hard work you do in one can be lost by what you neglected.

Of course the fastest way to bring your blood sugar down is by taking oral anti hyperglycemics such as glipizide, metformin or injecting insulin. Although some people might have to use these drugs to immediately control their blood sugar, it should be viewed as a temporary solution. These drugs will lower your blood sugar fast but they will not address the underlying problem and the causes of diabetes. With drugs there is little chance for diabetes reversal. Also try herbs as a complementary help or substitute for oral medication.

Diabetes type II in many ways occurs due to too much insulin in your system. The best is to reduce excessive insulin production by eating the right foods. Some people are genetically susceptible for diabetes and they develop insulin resistance. Or they produce too much insulin and their pancreas simply give up or become less productive creating insulin insufficiency; in some cases both conditions can happen. So what are the points you should be paying close attention?

Diet

What you eat is perhaps the most important. We eat foods 24/7 and that can have a huge impact on our health. Fist off you should eat less food quantity and more foods that will sustain you throughout the day. [2]

  • Carbohydrates
    • Carbs are great foods but we eat too much of it. The minute you eat a carbohydrate whether is a simple (bread, pasta) or complex (whole grains) you immediately produce insulin. Of course if you eat a donuts your blood sugar will spike, but if you eat any other grain it will too. It just take a little longer. Stay away from carbohydrates as much as possible.
  • Counting calories
    • Even though most doctors and dietitians recommend you to count calories, this practice it is of little use. This can be evidenced by how little results diabetics obtain by recording calories in and out. The problem is not on how many calories you eat but rather if you eat insulin producing foods; which are all carbohydrates.
  • Fat and protein rich diets
    • Fat and proteins on the other hand are non insulin/glucose producing foods. Healthy fats are all natural fats man have been eating for millions of years. Stay away from margarine, and man made vegetable oils such as soy, canola, and corn. All of these oils create inflammation because their molecular construct is not stable. Inflammation is one of the main causes of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome.
  • Sugar
    • Don’t touch that. Completely eliminate all sugars and foods with added sugars (80% of all packaged foods) from your diet. Some websites will tell you that sugar does not cause diabetes. Is true but sugar will raise your insulin levels like no other food, and that does contribute to diabetes in susceptible individuals.
  • Think of proportions rather then portions
    • The important point is to eat a diet that deliver 70% of calories coming from fat and proteins and 30% from carbohydrates. By eating more protein and fat you will eat less amounts of food, that will help you curb your appetite because eating less quantities reduces your stomach size and thus less hunger stimulus. By eating less carbs and more fats you’ll also activate you gluconeogenesis system which is when your produce energy from stored fats rather then using glucose. This is a much more efficient way to produce energy. It is a glucose and insulin free energy production that all diabetics should try to achieve.

Stress

Of course stress is the cause of so many problems for so many people; diabetics or not. For diabetics this is more of a problem. Stress raises your blood sugar for a simple reason: to protect you. Stress is your body telling you there is danger. Even though we might not be in physical danger, stress signals your body to produce glucose. It prepares your body for action. Stress hormones like cortisone and epinephrine are released with the sole purpose of getting your body ready to fight. That means having a spike in energy so you can deal with heavy tasks. Non diabetics have mechanisms to bring this glucose spike down but diabetics  don’t and it can become one on the worst insults to your high blood sugar problems. To make matters worst diabetes itself can create anxiety and stress. That makes it even more important to pay close attention to your stress level.

Lack of quality sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to diabetes and diabetes can cause you to loose sleep. This is an unfortunate catch 22 to say the least. In fact lack of sleep is a red flag for diabetes diagnosis. Doctors will ask you about your sleeping patterns, and if you’re not sleeping well it might be because you’re getting up every hour to urinate and that is a chief diabetes symptom.

On the other hand recent studies have linked chronic lack of restful sleep with the potential risk for diabetes and obesity. Sleep is linked to our body glucose regulation and production systems. Lack of sleep can create glucose deficiencies creating a chronic compensatory hunger. For more on this see study. [1]

Lack of activity

Nothing will impact your glucose levels more than exercise. If you want to lower your glucose in a hurry, perform strength exercises. The only problem is that this works so well it might lower it too much creating re bound effects. So the best is to perform strength exercises in small  but steady increments. Building muscle is the best natural insulin enhancing mechanism you can get. Muscle does more then just look nice. They are responsible for a series of hormonal functions including insulin absorption and management. [3]


 

Signs and symptoms of high blood sugar

  • Constant and increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Mouth and skin that is always dry
  • Fatigue and being constantly tired
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent infections, weak immune system
  • Slow healing cuts and sores
  • Unexplained weight loss

 

Why your blood sugar might be unusually high

      • Eating too much at a meal
      • Chronic lack of exercise
      • Skipped or not enough diabetes pills or insulin
      • Insulin that has spoiled after being exposed to extreme heat or freezing cold
      • Stress, illness, infection, injury or surgery
      • A blood glucose meter that is not reading accurately

 


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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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  • Jason July 21, 2016, 04:57

    Hi, good tips, I think choosing low calories, low glycaemic index foods is the only solution for a diabetic to control effectively their blood sugar levels and generally their disease.

  • Rohan Singh April 9, 2016, 06:58

    Good to hear these good tips to deal with diabetes, My uncle have diabetes and I was searching on Google to cure diabetes. I come here and found natural things to treat diabetes, and the reason behind it. He can’t take care of his diet but started caring now after doctor told him. Good to see it, going to save this and I’ll make my uncle read this. thanks for sharing it :).

    • Anjali October 9, 2016, 09:24

      At least one person in each family suffers from Diabetes. Controlling Diabetes with drugs alone is highly difficult. It’s always advisable to follow healthy lifestyle such as stress reduction and adequate sleep to control Diabetes. You have written nice tips to control blood sugar levels.

  • Jenn December 1, 2015, 13:24

    Thank you for these suggestions! My dad just got diagnosed with diabetes. He is pretty devastated about having to cut out sugar and switch to a diabetic diet. I think all he really needs is some great recipes that adhere to the diet. What are your favorite low or no-sugar breakfasts?

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