High blood sugar is extremely damaging to the body leading to decreased kidney function, loss of vision, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke just to name a few of the maladies associated with this condition. Since 1 out of every 3 adults has prediabetes, getting control of your blood sugar should be a priority for your health.
One of the best methods of chronic disease care for illnesses such as diabetes is lowering your blood sugar by managing your habits. This three-part blog series explores the ways that you can take control of your own diabetes treatment and improve the quality of your life by lowering your blood sugar through habit change. The best thing about these actions is that they cost nothing and might even save you money in the long run if you make them a habit.
Here are the steps you can take to help lower your blood sugar:
This one is a no brainer. If you eat less sugar (in all of its forms such as high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, etc.) it lowers the sugar in your bloodstream. Read food labels carefully and avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugars. These are easy to identify and avoid such as sodas, fruit juices, candy, cake, cookies, dairy desserts such as ice cream, and most other types of sweetened junk food. It is hard to do at first, but once you eliminate them from your diet, you will crave them less.
High intensity exercise is one of the best ways to lower your blood sugar. It increases your insulin sensitivity and also burns off fat. Be sure to see your primary care physician for a medical exam before starting a new exercise program.
Drinking water helps dilute the sugar in your bloodstream as well as flushes it out of your system through urination. Be sure to consult your internal medicine doctor to make sure that your kidneys are healthy enough to manage the extra workload.
Before making any big lifestyle change, you should ALWAYS get an appointment with one of our internal medicine specialists at Primary Care Physicians of Florida. We have doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid on staff, as well as others who are on the list of Humana healthcare providers.
Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Care Plus, Cigna, Avmed, Molina, and Anthem. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.
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