Look around you. In every group of three adults one of you will have prediabetes or metabolic syndrome. But here’s the thing, many folks don’t have any idea they have any blood sugar issues. Or that they’re in danger of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes if they don’t get their blood sugar under control.
Now is the time to reign in your numbers, before you find yourself sitting through a lecture by your doc about your skyrocketing blood sugar, and heading to the pharmacy to fill a diabetes drug prescription.
Because controlling your blood sugar should start in your kitchen, not the pharmacy. And these 6 blood-sugar friendly foods can help you do just that.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
Researchers from Arizona State University might have the fix you’re looking for to head off those blood sugar blues. Researchers found that drinking one part apple cider vinegar mixed with two parts water (in the study researchers used 20 grams of apple cider vinegar and 40 grams of water) after a starchy meal can help control blood sugar spikes.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, avocados are amazingly good for you. And when it comes to controlling blood sugar they pass the test yet again. This funny looking green fruit helps to stabilize your fasting blood sugar levels between meals. And with a glycemic load of practically zero, avocados won’t send your blood sugar soaring. Packed with good for your fat, this protein-rich fruit will help you feel fuller longer, so you’re less likely to snack on junk food or overeat during meals.
You don’t have to swear off of all natural sugars when you’re trying to control blood sugar numbers. Reach for blueberries to tame your sweet tooth and help stabilize your blood sugar. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, nutrients that that helps keep glucose levels under control. In a study of prediabetic patients a daily dose of blueberries helped improve insulin response. They could do the same for you.
The same anthocyanins that make blueberries a blood sugar balancing powerhouse are found in cherries, too. According to the Journal of Nutrition, cherries can help adjust the way your body deals with insulin, so you can control your blood sugar better. So feel free to mix it up with cherries!
A growing stack of studies have revealed deliciously sweet and savory cinnamon is terrific for naturally lowering your blood sugar. But this hard working spice doesn’t stop there. Research also shows that cinnamon helps lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels and raises HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. And it only takes only a little more than a teaspoon per day to start seeing results!
Animal studies are starting to reveal that one of our favorite spices for everything from fighting a cold to lowering your blood pressure could be a winner when it comes to lowering blood sugar too. In one of the studies when diabetic rats were given a garlic extract they had significant drops in their blood glucose levels according to the study published in the Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine Journal. Plus triglyceride and total cholesterol numbers went down too.
Don’t let your first step to controlling your blood sugar be popping a risky pill. Get ahead of the curve with six foods instead.
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