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Fluctuations in Blood Sugar Levels and How to Manage Them

Fluctuations in Blood Sugar Levels and How to Manage Them

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause blood glucose to reach dangerously high levels. Proper blood sugar control is the key solution to staying away from diabetes complications including vision loss, nerve damage, kidney damage, and risk of heart disease. Hence, people with diabetes are often advised to keep a check on their blood sugar levels to avoid spikes.

Glucose (simple sugar) is obtained from food and is the main source of energy for our body. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas which makes cells sensitive to glucose. These cells draw glucose from our blood and reduce the further impact of a spike in blood sugar level. In a diabetic person, either the cells tend to develop a resistance to insulin or the pancreas do not produce enough insulin. Hence, there remains glucose in the blood, and blood sugar levels are consistently high.

In this article, let’s talk about causes of blood sugar spikes, and how to manage fluctuating blood sugar in India.

 1. Have Meals on Time[1]

Meal timing is very important for easy diabetes control. Good and consistent healthy eating helps weight management, good health & keeps blood sugar in control. Hence, it is advised to eat consistently throughout the day to maintain glycemic (blood sugar) control and avoid diabetes complications as well as improve overall health.

Skipping breakfast can lead to blood sugar spikes. Additionally, eating breakfast on time gives you a lesser chance to grab unhealthy foods or overeat. It is more advisable to consume a small portion of frequent meals than one large meal.

Choose your snacks wisely in the required portion to curb hunger that prevents overeating. In fact, even a small snack is considered okay before bedtime. Always eat your dinner light to maintain healthy sleep cycles.

2. Do Physical Activity

A sedentary lifestyle is the main cause of the rise in blood sugar levels. While difficult exercises can cause physical stress, and thus lead to blood sugar spikes, a diabetic person must follow light-to-moderate exercises on daily basis.

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Also, keeping a snack or a sweet handy and staying hydrated will make exercising more fruitful and fun.   [READ: Explore The 8 Amazing Benefits of Yoga]

3. Remain Hydrated

Dehydration can cause high blood sugar. Hence, it’s important to keep consuming plenty of water and other calorie-free beverages to keep yourself healthy and hydrated.[2]

 4. Take Proper Sleep

Restless nights not only affect your energy and mood but also cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Lack of sleep increases the risk of developing diabetes. Improper sleep causes chronic stress on our body that raises blood sugar levels. Thus, a good consistent sleep routine helps in improving overall health and blood sugar management.[3]

5. Lower Stress

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A stressed body produces a hormone, known as cortisol, which increases the glucose level in the body. As a result, high glucose level remains in the bloodstream.[4] It is advised to practice yoga or meditation to lower stress levels in the body.

6. Take Your Medicines

A person with diabetes should take the proper medication with the advice of his healthcare provider. Taking any wrong diabetes medication, a dose of insulin, or even missing a dose can cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

Also, diabetes management needs regular monitoring of blood glucose levels to prevent any spikes.

7. Consume Ensure Diabetes Care Daily

Nutritional supplements like Ensure Diabetes Care can help to control diabetes. This drink for diabetes fills in the gaps in one’s diet as it is difficult to get all the nutrients from food.

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Ensure Diabetes Care is a balanced and complete health drink with essential vital nutrients for a healthy and active life. The perfect mix of protein, fats, and carbohydrates helps support immunity, weight management, and helps manage diabetes better.[5]

These were some factors that influence high or low blood sugar that has to be balanced. With these points, educate yourself about the causes and ways to manage fluctuating blood sugar and adjust accordingly.

Live a focused, energized, and healthy life!

Do let us know if you have more tips on how to manage fluctuating blood sugar in India!

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/why-meal-timing-matters-with-type-2-diabetes#Your-best-meal-timing-plan-for-type-2-diabetes
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/spotlights/blood-sugar.html#:~:text=For%20people%20with%20diabetes%2C%20blood,and%20a%20blood%20sugar%20spiker.
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/spotlights/blood-sugar.html
  4. https://www.yourhormones.info/hormones/cortisol/
  5. https://ensureindia.in/diabetes-care/diabetes-management

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