If your body is unable to move sugar from the blood into your cells effectively, it can cause high blood sugar levels and increases the risk of diabetes or prediabetes. However, there are ways you can lower your blood sugar levels easily and naturally.
When you exercise regularly, it increases insulin sensitivity and can help you lose weight. When insulin sensitivity is increased, your cells are better able to utilise available sugar in your bloodstream. Exercising also helps your muscles to use blood sugar for muscle contractions and energy.
Don’t Eat Too Many Carbs
Your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugars, and insulin moves the sugars into cells. If you eat too many carbohydrates or have problems with insulin resistance, then this process won’t work properly, and blood sugar levels rise.
Eat More Fibre
Eating more fibre slows down your digestion of carbohydrates and sugar absorption so blood sugar levels can rise more gradually. There are two types of fibre which are insoluble and soluble, and soluble fibre is especially important for lowering blood sugar levels. Foods that contain lots of fibre include fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
Eat Foods with a Low Glycaemic Index
The glycaemic index determines the body’s blood sugar response to foods containing carbohydrates, so choosing foods with a low glycaemic index helps to reduce long-term blood sugar levels. These foods include meat, seafood and eggs, barley, oats, lentils, beans, sweet potatoes, legumes and most fruits and non-starchy vegetables.