6 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Updated on April 17, 2018
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In 2007, I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and prediabetes. I used these natural techniques to reverse my diagnosis.

In 2007, I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and prediabetes. Before going on allopathic medicines, I gave myself six months to turn my condition around naturally and was successful!

In this article, I will share some natural ways to lower blood sugar that worked for me. These tried-and-true techniques are powerful; however, I want to emphasize that you should always consult your doctor before pursuing a new treatment or health strategy. It is very important that your treatment is tailored to your specific situation. With your doctor's approval, pick some techniques from this article, apply them for a few weeks, and see what kind of results you get.

If you're overwhelmed with all the information here, start with exercise and removing processed grains and sugar from your diet. Then, fine-tune with a few more tips as needed. My favorite daily techniques are exercising, adding stevia to my tea, and eating small meals regularly. On challenging days or special times when I have sugar, I add the other supplements as well. Learn what works for you and be consistent. Cheers to your health!

6 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Sugar

  1. Stay fit with daily aerobics and strength-training exercises.
  2. Relieve stress to beat belly fat and insulin resistance.
  3. Eat small, eat often, and stay hydrated.
  4. Eat plenty of low-glycemic, high-fiber foods such as non-starchy vegetables.
  5. Have your doctor check for high cholesterol or underlying thyroid issues.
  6. Try herbal supplements and superfoods such as salacia, chia, and cinnamon.

This Article Will Provide:

  • What you need to know to get started with each of these six tips
  • A list of eight effective supplements and superfoods shown to lower blood sugar
  • A healthy, quick, and delicious chia porridge recipe you'll love!
  • Easy-to-understand answers to FAQs about blood sugar

Disclaimer

The information in this article does not attempt to substitute for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before pursuing a new treatment or health strategy.

Tip 1: Work Your Heart and Muscles!

Physical activity is one of the easiest ways to use up glucose and take your body out of insulin resistance. In addition to burning fat, aerobics and strength-training exercise help lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and is vital for heart and bone health!

Exercise vigorously for 20–30 minutes a day for optimal benefits. If you're not ready for high-intensity cardio, you can start off with brisk walking and gradually work your way up to jogging or running.

My favorite kind of exercise is Zumba. This fun fitness program is more like a dance party! If you're part of the baby boomer generation—or just out of shape—there's a gentle, beginner-friendly class called Zumba Gold. You can take classes in person at a dance or recreation center near you or watch free classes from home on YouTube! I just ordered the DVDs so I can continue exercising during the winter in Montana. You gotta love Zumba!

Caution

If you're diabetic, and especially if you have a specific complication, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen to determine what kinds of activity are safe for you. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar before and after exercise to avoid dangerous conditions.

Tip 2: Relieve Stress to Beat Belly Fat

Studies have shown that belly fat can increase dramatically under acute and chronic stress due to the release of cortisol from the adrenals, especially in women. This accumulated fat increases the risk of heart disease and insulin resistance.

To beat belly fat and lower your cortisol levels, follow your vigorous exercise with a relaxing cool-down such as yoga, body massage, or meditation.

Tip 3: Eat Small, Eat Often, and Stay Hydrated

Eat small amounts of food frequently throughout the day. It's easier on the intestines, pancreas, and digestive enzymes.

You could eat four to six meals of 400–600 calories each, depending on your caloric intake. Eat at least every four hours and increase your water intake. Chronic dehydration is hard on the blood, which carries not only glucose but insulin.

Tip 4: Eat Low-Glycemic, High-Fiber Foods

The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how fast a carbohydrate triggers a rise in circulating blood sugar. The higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. A low GI food will cause a small rise, whereas a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. Below is just a small sampling of foods to give you an idea of low, medium, and high GI foods. Stick to low and medium to keep your blood sugar down.

Eating foods that are high in fiber will also slow down your body's absorption of sugar and will help regulate glucose levels. Non-starchy vegetables and legumes are two great examples of low-glycemic and high-fiber foods!

You can use this glycemic index database to browse a list of low GI foods or find the index of a particular food.

Low GI (Less Than 55)
Medium GI (56-69)
High GI (More Than 70)
carrots
brown rice
bagel
legumes
coconut
corn flakes
pasta
couscous
french fries
peas
mango
melons
sweet potato
pita bread
pineapple
zucchini
wild rice
popcorn

Tip 5: Get a Checkup for Underlying Issues

If you find lowering your blood sugar to be particularly difficult despite your efforts, make an appointment with your doctor to check for high cholesterol or any underlying issues in your thyroid.

While lowering your cholesterol won't directly lower your blood sugar, it lessens your body's chance of becoming insulin resistant. High cholesterol can also be a symptom of metabolic syndrome, which is a precursor to heart disease and a host of other problems, including diabetes.

If your thyroid is not working properly, it can create a pancreatic imbalance, which also leads to insulin resistance. Ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels, especially if you're an older female.

Tip 6: Try Supplements and Superfoods

Think of this tip as an added bonus to the core five! Once you've cultivated a healthy diet and exercise routine, consider a boost from one or more of these natural supplements and superfoods that many people with prediabetes—inlcuding myself—have had success with.

Always consult with your doctor before trying any supplement or modifying your diet. While there are some studies that support the potential benefits of these supplements and superfoods, remember they are not guaranteed antidotes nor are they completely free of side effects, especially in high doses. Use with caution and your doctor's approval!

Disclaimer

Some of these supplements may be unsafe when used in conjunction with diabetic medications. Always consult your doctor before use and monitor your blood sugar regularly to ensure it doesn't become too low.

1. Magnesium

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND is a women's health, diet and nutrition expert, and author of The Magnesium Miracle. Her recommendation for lowering blood sugar naturally is to supplement with magnesium, which has been shown to balance blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes.

"Proper amounts of this mineral are essential for proper glucose balance and transport, as well as regulating energy production and releasing insulin—all necessary elements of carbohydrate metabolism. When insulin is released from the pancreas, magnesium in the cell normally responds and opens the cell to allow entry of glucose, but in the case of magnesium deficiency combined with insulin resistance, the normal mechanisms just don’t work. However, the higher the levels of magnesium in the body, the greater the sensitivity of the cells to insulin and the possibility of reversing the problem," she explains.

Dr. Dean recommends mixing a magnesium citrate powder with hot or cold water to sip throughout the day or adding plenty of magnesium-rich foods to your diet.

2. Salacia

This Ayurvedic herb has been used in India and Sri Lanka for centuries, helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, supports healthy blood lipids, and may aid weight loss! Salacia contains two potent alpha-glucosidase inhibitors that may help regulate carbohydrate-metabolic imbalances. You can find salacia in the form of capsules, powder, or tea.

3. Gynostemma

The American Diabetes Association has approved of gynostemma, also known as jiaogulan, as a safe and effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes. There is strong evidence that this herb lowers blood sugar and A1C levels in addition to improving insulin sensitivity. Multiple studies also suggest that it may lower blood pressure, balance cholesterol, alleviate anxiety and depression, and help protect the overall body from diabetic damage.

4. Stevia

This plant-based alternative sweetener may help lower blood sugar and blood pressure, although there is some debate. In addition to being sugar-free, stevia extract is also calorie free and may help you satisfy your sweet tooth while losing weight. I like to carry stevia packets that I can add to my water or a cup of green tea.

5. Cinnamon

Some studies suggest taking one or more gram of cinnamon per day can lower fasting blood sugar and balance cholesterol. A fabulous twofer! One wonderful way to incorporate this spice into your diet is to make tea with cinnamon sticks by boiling 2–3 sticks in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes. Or simply add it to oatmeal, smoothies, or whole grain cinnamon toast. As suggested by a reader, use Ceylon cinnamon for the most effective benefit.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower postprandial blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. Studies also suggest that if you ingest the vinegar before bedtime, it will lower your fasting glucose the following morning. Drinking large amounts of vinegar can be detrimental to your teeth and stomach, so try a splash of ACV as a salad dressing or put a teaspoon of it in your water.

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil may help lower cholesterol, support healthy lipids, and boost glucose tolerance. You can use small amounts of coconut oil in countless ways, from using it as a cooking oil, a butter replacement, or adding a spoonful to black coffee!

8. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a popular superfood full of health benefits. They help balance your blood sugar and prevent it from spiking throughout the day. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, boron, and magnesium. They're also great for weight loss, thyroid problems (which can affect your pancreas), and intestinal regularity. You can throw a spoonful of chia seeds into a smoothie or you can try the following porridge recipe for a healthy breakfast!

Easy Hemp and Chia Seed Porridge Recipe

This low GI breakfast makes a fantastic start to your day and takes just minutes to prepare. The seeds are odorless and have no taste, so plan on adding your favorite toppings like nuts and dried fruit for a great flavor!

Cook Time

Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 light serving

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Toppings of your choice: coconut flakes, dried or fresh fruit, yogurt, or nuts

Instructions

  1. Place seeds into a small bowl or ramekin and add 1/2 cup of boiling water.
  2. Let sit for 3-4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add tasty toppings and enjoy!

How Does Blood Sugar Work?

The digestive system breaks down food and turns the starches from carbohydrates into glucose as it enters the bloodstream. Ideally, this glucose is immediately used up as fuel by the body's cells. However, the bloodstream can only handle a very small amount of glucose at a time, and too much of it is toxic.

In the event of too much glucose, the pancreas releases insulin—a hormone with the function of regulating blood sugar by transporting glucose out of the bloodstream and into other parts of the body. Excess glucose is first stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. If those are already full, it's then stored as triglycerides, cholesterol, and fat. In the case of insulin resistance or diabetes, high amounts of glucose remain in the bloodstream and can lead to damage of blood vessels, nerves, and organs.

In an optimally healthy body, glucose is consumed as minimally as needed for energy, and blood sugar levels are generally kept in the low range (70–85mg/dl).

What Causes a Spike or Drop in Blood Sugar?

Generally speaking, blood sugar spikes are caused by eating meals that are high in carbohydrates and sugar that are converted into glucose as they enter the bloodstream. Digestion later causes a drop in blood sugar as insulin moves the glucose out of the bloodstream as quickly as possible.

However, there are multiple factors that can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate such as stress, medication, exercise, and sleep to name a few.

Why Is My Blood Sugar High in the Morning?

In addition to hormonal changes that naturally cause your blood sugar to rise, your liver also releases stored glucose into the bloodstream while you're asleep and fasting. However, if your body is insulin resistant, the glucose your liver releases is not used up and remains in the bloodstream, causing a spike in blood sugar.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

Having excess glucose in the bloodstream causes the pancreas to release excess insulin. If glucose levels are constantly high, meaning cells are constantly exposed to insulin, the cell receptor sites can become insulin resistant.

Insulin resistance means that glucose cannot be effectively transported to other parts of the body and so it stays in the blood. This makes the pancreas secrete even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas gets tired—very tired—and gives up. That's when prediabetes becomes diabetes.

What Is the Difference Between Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia?

High blood sugar is called hyperglycemia.
Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia.

If you're not sure what your blood sugar is, you can purchase a simple at-home kit to monitor your body's natural levels, find out which foods might be affecting you negatively, and learn what your fasting blood glucose level is.

You can also visit your doctor for an A1C test to examine your average blood sugar and check for prediabetes or diabetes.

High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

Range: Usually 130 mg/dl or higher if fasting, 180 mg/dl or higher after a meal

Symptoms: Frequent urination, increased thirst, headaches, blurred vision

Risks: High blood sugar can not only make you feel wonky, but it can also negatively affect many organs over a longer period of time. Hyperglycemia can cause damage to the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems. In severe cases, it can lead to ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening diabetic condition that needs emergency medical attention.

Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Range: Usually 70 mg/dl or lower

Symptoms: Shakiness, sweating, hunger, pale skin

Risks: Note that is possible to have hypoglycemia unawareness, meaning you can have dangerously low blood sugar without experiencing obvious symptoms. Untreated hypoglycemia can lead to loss of consciousness and subsequent dangers such as falls or other fatal accidents, so be sure to monitor your blood sugar regularly and consult an appropriate plan with your doctor.

What Is Considered a Healthy or Normal Range of Blood Sugar?

 
Non-Diabetics
Diabetics
A1C
Less than 5.7%
Less than 7%
eAG
Less than 126 mg/dl
Less than 154 mg/dl
Fasting
70–99 mg/dl
80–130 mg/dl
2 hours after a meal
Less than 140 mg/dl
Less than 180 mg/d;
While the ideal range for your body will vary depending on several unique factors, the American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets.

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      Gloria 

      3 months ago

      I am type 2 and am in grief at the lose of my dear husband this year after a long illness where I looked after him. I am struggling with my control and don’t find much help to deal with my type 2 , found all your explanations very good better than I have ever had. Still struggling on

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      Escapee 

      3 months ago

      I’ve been diabetic for 40 yrs, plus gestational diabetes with my last child, before that. I eat carefully and exercise at least 40 min daily. My mother died from the disease, also my grandmother and great-grandfather. My 4 sisters all have it also.

      I rarely have to take any medication because of the diet and exercise. I check my glucose levels daily and if the numbers are elevated I take a very small amount of medication.

      There may be some that have specific problems, but for most of us this disease is controllable by using common sense and self control. Nothing tastes as good as being healthy and able to stay active as you get older. Insulin is not a good excuse to eat whatever you want. It has side effects that are not pleasant.

      You can have a long and healthy life if you take care of yourself and make adult decisions.

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      ToledoArizona 

      7 months ago

      I have been fighting with my high spikes for the last 17 years, I found this site googling "How to lower my sugar spikes" and I have been sucessfull for a week now. Using Cinnamon in my Tea and other foods. I was affraid to eat and drink certain foods/beverages. It got to a point wheThank You

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      Enid Vazquez 

      7 months ago

      I"m also prediabetic, but by upping my protein, I'm not hungry all the time & my blood sugar levels have come down according to my doctor who recommended increasing my protein . . but can't get rid of my lower belly .. so I need help.

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      Rasik 

      7 months ago

      I have had diabetes and on insulin. I have followed items found independently and hopefully I will be able to stop insulin this year. All I am eating is just natural foods and nothing like a made up diet.

      This is one of the best written item that I have seen. Well done.

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      Jody 

      7 months ago

      I have a close friend that is Type 1 Diabetic, I haven't known her less than a year but for the past few months she is becoming very close to having a stroke because her numbers are getting really high and she is constantly tiresome . This information is very important and helpful because she worries me and I try to find answers that may help her control it naturally.

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      Dee 

      8 months ago

      Good info, I do use cinnamon and chia seeds in my cereal and drink hot water and lemon before I eat.

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      Anna 

      8 months ago

      I was taking medicine for 3 years and now thanks to exercise and essential oils i don't use any pills

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      P.OMPRAKASH 

      8 months ago

      Fond of natural treatment for common ailments and chronic diseaes the including diabetics .

      The Article is very informative and beneficial . Very much thankful to you . want to know to discontinue the prescribed medicines .and follow or to continue the meds . or reduce the doses . . please advise .

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      Donna 

      9 months ago

      I was just diagnosed with prediabetes. Drs have put me on Metformin which I just can’t take. Caused weakness and physical fatigue. This article was full of great tips to help me bring down sugar levels on my own. Thanks

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      Nosheen 

      9 months ago

      Thanks a lot.mine sugar level is 105 fasting.i m trying to search natural remidies

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      Patricia Ward 

      10 months ago

      Your article just popped up on Pinterest. I'm interested in healthy eating, so decided to read it. Very interesting.

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      Gloria 

      10 months ago

      I love this great info, I was just told that I have high blood sugar (130) and high cholesterol, (129) they want to put me on medication,but I really don't want to take it so this info gives me things to talk to my doctor about. Thanks again

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      Maurice Glaude 

      11 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow this will be a challenge during the holidays especially during Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Blessings and Happy Holidays to you all.

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      Christine Sefert 

      14 months ago

      Thank you for the info. I have been pre Diebetic for 6 months and have lost 40 pounds. I had my spleen and pancreas tail removed Nov 2015. I have high fasting blood glucose in the morning. I don't eat sweets only protein fats and vegetables. MRI 2016 showed numerous cycst on my pancreas. Having my 2017 MRI soon. I hope it looks better since I have been eating much better. I took notes on this article and I am going to add some of the tips to my way of eating. Thank you very much!

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      Helen 

      14 months ago

      Came across your article with good ideas have been diabetic for a while with a good size belly I can't get rid of have been in insulin but went back to pills I just couldn't handle the low's of being hypoglycemic all the time and hungry all the time

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      Karen 

      15 months ago

      Hi. I came across your article on pinterest. You have very useful and practical information, some of which I was not aware.

      I am pregnant and have gestational diabetes. I'm on insulin and metformin and I'm looking for different things to eat on a diabetic diet plus I don't want to take these medications so I'm trying to control my blood sugar with food (which I think is going ok ☺) . So I learnt a lot from this article. Thank you so much for sharing

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      hauwgo@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago

      I want to know more about diabetic

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      Bert Kuit 

      18 months ago

      love to know more about being almost Diabetic 2. Eat the whole day good and in the evenig love to take chocolate!

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      Annie 

      19 months ago

      Hi! Thank you very much for sharing this information about salacia, it is very useful, i just checked the amazon store and have found several varieties of this product ,which is the best? And what is a good recomended serving?I really appreciate your time and support .

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      Gerald M. 

      3 years ago

      Awsome post! I understand that intermittent fasting also is effective for lowering blood glucose levels. http://diabetigo.com/intermittent-fasting-diet/

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      kdt 

      4 years ago

      I have had type 2 a long time. Do not manage well at all. Trying to get back on track. Back to education and tips. Looking to learn from others.

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      mrinfo10 lm 

      4 years ago

      This lens was awesome! I'm 27 and have been struggling with hypoglycemia for 7 years now, so I'm hungry all the time, but eating small meals every 3-4 hours has really helped me. I love Chia seeds, and they're actually delicious in salads. ( :

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      4 years ago from Montana

      Oh for heaven's sake....I meant to reply to one of the readers and accidentally deleted the comment! Grrrr....Bonnie, my apologies! One trick I recently learned is to walk 15 minutes after each meal to bring down blood sugar. And I recommend is Salacia....fantastic supplement for bringing down blood sugar.

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      Niktravelfit 

      4 years ago

      Great lens with tons of valuable information. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      Johanna Eisler 

      4 years ago

      It's been a long time since I visited this excellent lens. Time to brush up on all your suggestions! Thank you so much for helping so many!!!

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      Mala Papachan 

      4 years ago from Matlock Bath, England

      I have read a lot of information on diabetes to which I found to be too medically defined or technical, and often have to read repeatedly to understand it. Your simple definition of the following is probably the best I've read for a long time > "Here's how it works: You eat something and the stomach and intestines breaks the food down into glucose. The cells need glucose for energy, but for the cells to be able to use glucose they also need insulin which the pancreas emits in the response to glucose." Excellent!!

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      ToxicFreeClub 

      4 years ago

      Very informative!! Love the list and levels of sugars in food. Nice touch

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      Embeegee 

      4 years ago

      I will only eat high carb foods at lunchtime then I can drink water and exercise to burn it off.

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      astevn816 lm 

      4 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens and have always promoted healthy diets and good nutrition.

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      maryokh 

      4 years ago

      Very educative, i have learned a lot.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      Really great and helpful lens. Thanks for sharing this.

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      yogameditation33 

      4 years ago

      Really good leans!

      Thanks for it!

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      4 years ago

      Great lens, so much information. Really good post

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      Lee Hansen 

      4 years ago from Vermont

      I was shocked to discover my glucose was 109 at a recent routine physical. My lifestyle includes many of the recommended food and exercise guidelines but I have gained a few pounds. So, I've set a goal to lose 20% of my weight by next checkup and see if that helps. I am already fighting hereditary cholesterol issues so the only thing to do is eliminate all sweets, white flour and alcohol ... no more party fun!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks for putting this lens together. What great info. I'll also pass it along to my husband who has just been diagnosed with Diabetes. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! Visceral fat is my conundrum. I have found that protein snacks do help me to control appetite.

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      sociopath-free 

      4 years ago

      I haven't had a problem with blood sugar but I know a few who do. I'll pass this on. Very helpful lens.

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      JonathanJoseph 

      4 years ago

      Love the chia seed and Zumba part - thanks.

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      VioletteRose LM 

      4 years ago

      Great lens, I didn't know the relation between thyroid function and insulin resistance. Thank you so much for creating this lens!

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      Lee 

      4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      One of the best lenses I've found. A brilliantly written way of helping with such a common issue. Thank you for the insight!

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      Vantis 

      4 years ago

      A lot of info sorted in a way you can easily understand. Well done

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      Tylermason297 

      4 years ago

      I must say that it is a brilliant article and contains a great information about the problem of high blood sugar and getting control over it.

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      tbrianpeel 

      4 years ago

      Very helpful and well written! Thanks s o much for sharing!

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      chenraz1 

      4 years ago

      very helpful thank you

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      ningbabyblog 

      4 years ago

      My Dad has high blood sugar and his way to control it is no consumption of carbs after 6:30pm and exercise everyday. Thanks for the great info, Ener-G! I'm gonna show this lens to him.

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      OliviaQ 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, a lot of knowledge that I get to read your Lens

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 

      4 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Wonderful Lens, great advice and I'm off to show my hubby.

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      Jackowacko LM 

      4 years ago

      The problem I experience is that I feel I need to nourish my body more as I feel my body starts to complain, foodwise and movement wise.

      I guess I am waiting for the point of no return....at least that is the feeling I get when I read this stuff over here. I know so little about what is really good for me. Thanks for the heads up.

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      RusselHowe 

      5 years ago

      If you've found that your routines aren't making you lose weight any more, then you need to boost the intensity of the exercise you are doing. Your body tends to adapt to a workout that you are constantly doing and it no longer having the same affect.

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      Boyd Carter 

      5 years ago

      In my opinion, proper use of the glycemic index will solve many of the challenges of diabetes. While potatoes have a high glycemic index, if they are eaten as cold potato salad, the glycemic index goes way down.

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      agedefyingworkout 

      5 years ago

      I wonder which of the ten ways you listed has the biggest impact. For example, is it eating the right foods or exercising or taking a particular supplement?

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      Muebles de exte 

      5 years ago

      nice lens, thank you for your help

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      hgb282 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for researching this topic and making this helpful lens filled with great tips.

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      githinji 

      5 years ago

      Priceless information, keep up the good work.

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      grassdiabetes 

      5 years ago

      informative stuff!

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      grassdiabetes 

      5 years ago

      @ashleydpenn: Grass Diabetes helps the people in assessing their life style against diabetes. and tell you when you are going to be diabetic and how to avoid it.

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      ashleydpenn 

      5 years ago

      I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, and just recently my fasting blood sugar was a little higher than the reference range. I never knew there was a link between thyroid and the pancreas. Thank you so much for sharing! GREAT lens!

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      mySuccess8 

      5 years ago

      Very informative and useful for all, irrespective of health condition.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My some family members was diabetes patience and two of them were died because of this. My father is also a blood pressure patient, but he is very fit it's because he went for walking and exercise every morning from the last 40 years.

      Thank you so much for sharing this lens.

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      zfarley44 lm 

      5 years ago

      @zfarley44 lm: Oops, sorry for the extra comment, my pc is being stubborn.

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      zfarley44 lm 

      5 years ago

      I love it! Diabetes runs in my family very informative. I will pick your brain and apply it to see if it makes a different. :)

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      zfarley44 lm 

      5 years ago

      I love it! Diabetes runs in my family very informative. I will pick your brain and apply it to see if it makes a different. :)

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      pshinde2109 lm 

      5 years ago

      thnxs for important information...

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      changrcoacher 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful, informative lens, made more wonderful because it is your personal experience. Thank you!

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      abouthealthtips 

      5 years ago

      All around great informative article. I've been using Stevia for some time and really like it as a safe alternative.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Good lens, very informative and well structured with plenty of great information about maintaining your blood sugar levels. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Very nicely put together lens! Great information.

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      hovirag 

      5 years ago

      I have no such issues but this article is vey informative and am sure helps a lot of people!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Thank you very much for this great lens. I am looking forward to try your tips to lower my sugar consumption.

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      kaseyrivenburgh 

      5 years ago

      Great tips. Great lens.

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      Christine Hulme 

      5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Natual solutions are always the best- in every way! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wow I love how specific this is! As opposed to the obvious "eat healthy and exercise" articles.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great work!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      am so glad and happy you are sharing these with us,wish to contact you some day

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      MZLewis LM 

      5 years ago

      I love your article. Thank you so very much. I have Type 2 Diabetes, but long ago, a health consultant also told me to use Diaxinol, gymnema sylvestre herbal supplement, and bitter melon tablets, among other aids, which also help break down blood sugar. I fully support your mention of cinnamon sticks, too. No doubt, I plan to return to your lens often!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      5 years ago from Montana

      @anonymous: Great information, thank you!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      5 years ago from Montana

      @Missmerfaery444: I hope your test came out okay. I remember taking that test and it was tough just taking it!

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      socialcx1 

      5 years ago

      I have been one of the lucky ones and love playing an ysport that helps to stay in reasonable shape.

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      CheapShotArtist 

      5 years ago

      Amazing analysis, thanks for the lens!

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      theherbbasket 

      5 years ago

      I love your comment about Zumba. Zumba has really taken off in the last few years. I have been teaching it where I live and love it. Great lens.

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      gadifi lm 

      5 years ago

      great lens thanks for sharing this with us

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      LaptopLeader 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing all these useful tips with us.

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      SavioC 

      5 years ago

      Hi. I just loved this lens. Very simple and with tons of info. I am very particular about my health and your wonderful lens told me about salacia and cinnamon . Cheers.

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      Mommy-Bear 

      5 years ago

      Hi great lens. Interesting that stevia is actually good for you. I've been using it for around a year and it tastes great.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Wow. Absolutely awesome. I believe my prediabetic state is related to my thyroid. Terrific information. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I can NOT thank you enough for all of this. I just found out today I'm prediabetic and I'm scared but this eases my tension. This research gives me hope.

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      yarfodg 

      5 years ago

      Wow... What an incredible analysis... Thanks so much for sharing your research!

    • jemacb profile image

      jemacb 

      5 years ago

      This is brilliant stuff. We are responsible for our own health (not Doctors) and as a result, should try and educate ourselves on what we need to do to stay healthy. Thanks for the info.

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      jura 

      5 years ago

      Thank you that is a very informative lens great job .

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      Kay 

      5 years ago

      I know I've commented before but this is such a great page. I'm adding it to my 'Related Pages' on my hCG Diet experience lens. Thank you!

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      Missmerfaery444 

      5 years ago

      This was so helpful to read, Gia, thank you! I'm in my second pregnancy and having to have a repeat glucose test next week to determine if I have gestational diabetes or not. I was borderline in my first pregnancy and because my daughter was over 10lb I was at higher risk this time. Interesting that a lot of the foods I've been craving (seeds, cucumber, fibre) are the good and especially friendly foods!

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      geosum 

      5 years ago

      I was prediabetic five years ago. Since then I've lost about 130 lbs and have a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are an integral part of my life. Lots of great info in this lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      There are two types of Cinnamon: it is the verum (true, Ceylon) versus the cassias (chinese, bakers) that is effective on blood sugar. NOW brand of cinnamon capsules is true Ceylon. Read your labels. You can also get true Ceylon cinnamon (sticks at many Asian markets. The bark is lighter in color and flakier.

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      CoachGary 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all of the great information. I'm always looking for new health info and helping people heal naturally and this is a great lens for doing that.

    • giacombs-ramirez profile imageAUTHOR

      gia combs-ramirez 

      5 years ago from Montana

      @e-special: Weight gain can occur with insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

    • giacombs-ramirez profile imageAUTHOR

      gia combs-ramirez 

      5 years ago from Montana

      @anonymous: Exercise and cut out all refined sugar and flour.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My blood sugar level is 23.5 sudden surge please suggest

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thank so much for this great information, i now live in Cali, Colombia, South America, i moved here from Tacoma, WA, and its nice to know that i can get advised on all my questions,

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      e-special 

      5 years ago

      @mariacarbonara: I bet you will love it!

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