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June 22, 2009 at 9:15 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Control Blood Sugar Naturally and Lose Weight

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As the American diet becomes more and more focused on processed foods, we are witnessing a dramatic rise in obesity and the increasingly common type 2 diabetes, which affects millions of people in this country. The easiest way to treat type 2 diabetes is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. If diabetes runs in your family, or if you think you are eating the wrong kinds of foods, taking the right steps now will go a long way to help you in the future.

Control Blood Sugar Naturally and Lose Weight

There are many ways to control your blood sugar naturally, without the use of medication. And, by controlling blood sugar levels, you will lose weight as an added benefit. The easiest way to control blood sugar levels is through diet; if you eat the right foods, you won't need to worry about blood sugar levels.

Control Blood Sugar through Diet

There are many ways you can control your blood sugar levels with a balanced diet. By educating yourself about food you'll know what's best for you to eat and what foods you should avoid. Different foods are processed by the body differently.

  • Whole Grains - Choose whole grains and complex carbohydrates over refined grains. In Basic English, skip the white bread and white rice and opt for whole wheat products and whole grains such as brown or wild rice, barley, cornmeal, couscous or oatmeal.
  • Skip the Sugar - There's a lot of sugar hidden in foods we wouldn't think to look for. Most processed foods contain larger amounts of sugar than you'd think; these foods include ketchup, bread, salad dressing, peanut butter and soup. More obvious culprits are fruit juices, soda and canned fruits.
  • Alcohol Use - Alcoholic beverages contain huge amounts of calories, and plenty of sugar. And, since most drinks don't have nutrition labels, you may not realize just how much sugar is in your drink. If you do drink, stick to beverages that have nutrition labels and consume in moderation.

Exercise

Everyone tells you to exercise and for good reason. Exercise is beneficial both for our bodies and for our minds. Exercise produces those feel good chemicals in the brain, making us feel confident, powerful, and capable. It also keeps your body in shape, which goes a long way to prevent disease. And, by managing your weight, exercise works to lower cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease, and prevent diabetes.

Supplements

While vitamins and supplements are not regulated by the FDA, they can be used safely as an addition to a balanced diet and exercise. Experts warn against using vitamins and supplements as cure-alls or as a replacement for a proper diet. If you use vitamins or supplements, be sure to do so in addition to a healthy lifestyle and consult your doctor before starting use. Many supplements especially can interfere with other medications you may be taking. Your doctor will know if there's a risk of interaction.

Blood sugar and weight can be controlled easily through some simple lifestyle changes. Take the first step and take your health into your own hands.

Sources:

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_sugar.php

http://diabetes.webmd.com/understanding-carbohydrates-fiber

http://men.webmd.com/features/sugar-what-kinds-eat-when

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