Diabetes Management: 5 Tips To Manage Blood Sugar Levels
- Aanchal Mathur
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in the world.
Diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases, affecting millions of people all over the world. The fact that the condition is irreversible makes it even more difficult to manage. It is not even limited to a particular age and there are several reasons why people develop the condition. If it is not kept in check, diabetes may lead to many fatalities. Sonali Bansal, Health Coach and Nutritional Therapist agrees and says, “Insulin resistance is a cause of many serious illnesses and Covid has proved how fatal comorbidities like diabetes can be.” But while there’s no fixed cure for it, one can try to manage blood sugar levels by managing a balanced diet. There are several diet tips and tricks that you can include in your daily routine to keep you blood sugar levels in check.
Here are 5 Tips To Keep Blood Sugar Levels In Control:
1. Load Up On Fibre
Fibre takes time to break down and digest, which reduces unnecessary spike in the blood sugar levels. Fibre also helps keeping us full for long. A fibre-rich meal including beans, barley, and fruits like apples, pears, berries and citrus, and vegetables like broccoli, carrots and beets, can be added to a diabetes diet.
2. Small Meals At Regular Intervals
Small meals at regular intervals are better than huge meals after long. For example, healthy, light snacking every one or two hours will not only keep you energized and sated but will also keep your blood sugar levels regulated. This way you can also regulate the portion size during each meal, aiding in healthy weight loss!
3. Fruits As Desserts
Desserts basically are only to satiate our sweet tooth, but is noshing upon refined sugar the only way to do that? Replace all those ice cream tubs and chocolate treats with healthy fruits with natural sugars. But remember, portion control is the key!
4. Low-Glycaemic Foods
Diabetics are often advised to avoid high-carb foods since it may spike blood sugar levels immediately. Foods with low-glycemic foods tends to help in controlling these spikes. Hence, tomatoes, spinach and grains like quinoa, barley can be added to the diet.
5. Nuts To The Rescue
Munch on nuts during those hourly snacking for healthy fats and good quality protein. Almonds for instance, ensure a steady inflow of nutrients and antioxidants.
Health Coach and Nutritional Therapist Sonali Bansal also suggests including whole eggs, multigrain bread, dal chillas and roti made with jowar/ragi to add in a wholesome diabetes diet.