There are about 29 million people in the United States who suffer from type 2 diabetes, an illness that is becoming increasingly common and is also highly preventable. With lifestyle changes, diabetes can be managed and prevented.
Aim for a healthy weight
When you have extra weight, this can cause an increase in blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy weight can keep your blood sugar at more normal levels and better overall health.
Regular exercise can help lower weight, lower stress levels, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. Even just adding in a 20 minute walk into your day can make a difference.
Keep carbs in check. They tend to affect your blood sugar the most. Know how many carbohydrates are in the food you’re eating to keep them at the level you need to be for managing your blood sugar.
Avoid processed sugar. Sugar in the form of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup can spike blood sugar rapidly. For people with diabetes, it is especially dangerous.
Be on top of your schedule
One of the best ways to keep blood sugar levels stable is to eat meals and snacks on a regular schedule.
Acupuncture can help improve the body's sugar metabolism and can also help reduce the nerve pain due to diabetic neuropathy by boosting the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Acupuncture has almost no side effects and is a great complementary option to reducing chronic pain.