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6 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Updated on January 18, 2017
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In 2007, I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and prediabetes. I used these natural techniques to reverse my diagnosis.

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My Story

In 2007, my health care provider said I had metabolic syndrome and was prediabetic. I gave myself six months to turn it around naturally, and, if I was unsuccessful, my plan was to go with allopathic medicines.

In this article, I will share what I did to turn it around permanently. These techniques did wonders for me; however, I want to emphasize that you should always consult your doctor before pursuing a new treatment or health strategy. It is very important that you discuss your specific situation with your doctor.

Consult Your Doctor

Always consult your doctor before pursuing a new treatment or health strategy. It is very important that you discuss your specific situation with your doctor.

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Here's how your blood sugar works. First, you eat food; second, the stomach and intestines break the down the food into glucose. The cells need glucose for energy, but in order for the cells to be able to use the glucose they also need insulin—which the pancreas produces in the response to glucose.

The body, however, can become resistant to insulin in certain circumstances; in particular, if there is excess fat. So, the glucose stays in the blood, which makes the pancreas secrete even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas gets tired—very tired—and gives up. That's when prediabetes becomes diabetes.

Keeping glucose sugar levels balanced can help promote weight loss, because having low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) triggers binge eating. Binge eating causes a rebound effect of high blood sugar or glucose, and the body will rapidly store this high blood sugar as fat.

With a few tricks up your sleeve, however, you can easily control your glucose levels and avoid more serious health problems.

In this article, I will share some solutions that worked for me. Pick several that you think might help and try applying them for a few weeks. See what kind of results you get; then fine-tune with a few more, as needed. My favorite daily techniques are exercise, Stevia, Zypan (for pancreas support), and eating small and often. On challenging days I add the other supplements, as well. Learn what works for you and be consistent.

Hyperglycemia vs. Hypoglycemia

High blood sugar is called hyperglycemia. Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia.

Blood sugar levels are considered high when they're above 110 mg/dl first thing in the morning (assuming you weren't midnight snacking). You can get a simple kit to monitor your blood sugar and find out which foods might be affecting you negatively. You can also learn what your fasting blood glucose level is.

High blood sugar can not only make you feel wonky, it can negatively affect many organs over a longer period of time.

Hyperglycemia can cause damage to the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems.

In this article, I will share six natural solutions to balancing or lowering blood sugar. These are tried-and-true solutions that are extremely powerful. If you get overwhelmed with all the information, start with exercise and removing processed grains and sugar from your diet. Then add some supplements, some sweeteners that are okay, and start eating Chia seeds! Finally, add some "tricks" for those special times when you've had sugar (i.e., the herb supplement called Salacia). To your health!

Tip # 1 - Get Your Muscles Involved!

If Americans are the biggest consumers in the world, muscles are the glucose consumer equivalent. Getting physically active is one of the easiest ways to use up glucose and "force" the body out of insulin resistance. Exercise vigorously for 20-30 minutes a day to get optimal benefits.

My favorite kind of exercise is Zumba. They have a great program for baby boomers—or anyone who's seriously out of shape—called Zumba Gold. I just ordered it so I can continue exercising during the winter in Montana. You gotta love Zumba!

Tip # 2 - Eat Small, Eat Often

The body does much better eating smaller amounts of food, more frequently, throughout the day. It's easier on the intestines, the pancreas, and the digestive enzymes.

Depending on your caloric intake, you could eat 4-6 meals of 400-600 calories each. Eat at least every four hours.

In addition, you should increase your water intake. Being chronically dehydrated is hard on the blood, which carries not only blood sugar but also insulin.

Tip # 3 - Get Rid of Belly Fat

Belly fat increases heart disease and insulin resistance. It is particularly hard for women to get rid of belly fat once they've reached their menopause years. Insulin resistance means that the blood sugar stays in the blood instead of getting into the tissue cells.

Belly fat can increase dramatically under acute and chronic high stress because of the hormone release of cortisol from the adrenals. Exercise can help reduce stress, as does massage, meditation, yoga, relaxing baths, etc.

The recommended waist measurement for men is fewer than 40 inches. For women, the recommendation is fewer than 35 inches.

Tip # 4 - Know the Foods that Lower Blood Sugar

Eat Low-Glycemic Foods

The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how fast a carbohydrate triggers a rise in circulating blood sugar. The higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. A low GI food will cause a small rise, whereas a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. Below is just a sampling of foods to give you an idea of low, medium, and high GI foods. Stick to low and medium to keep your blood sugar down.

Low GI Foods (less than 50)

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce, all varieties
  • Low-fat yogurt, artificially sweetened
  • Peanuts
  • Peppers, all varieties
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach

Medium GI Foods (50-70)

  • Canned kidney beans
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Orange juice, not from concentrate
  • Banana
  • Sweet potato
  • Brown rice
  • Linguine
  • Popcorn
  • Sweet corn
  • Muesli

High GI Foods (more than 70)

  • Bagel
  • Corn chips
  • Watermelon
  • Honey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Bread stuffing mix
  • Cheerios
  • Cream of Wheat, instant
  • Graham crackers
  • Doughnuts
  • French fries
  • Frozen waffles
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes

Chia Seeds Are a Super Food

Chia is a super food when it comes to health benefits. Along with balancing your blood sugar, it will keep your blood sugar from spiking throughout the day. Chia is high in fiber, protein, boron, and magnesium. It's also great for weight loss, your thyroid (which can affect your pancreas, if it's not healthy), and intestinal regularity. You can throw 2 T of Chia in a smoothie, but the following recipe makes a fantastic start to your day and takes just minutes to prepare. Chia seeds are odorless and have no taste, so plan on adding nuts and dried fruit to give the following a great flavor!

Chia Porridge

  1. Pour about 1/2 cup of boiling water over 2 Tablespoons of Chia seeds and 2 Tablespoons of Hemp seeds. Let sit for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon each of coconut oil, coconut flakes, raw nuts such as cashews, dried fruit, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
  3. Enjoy!

Stevia - A Sweetener That Balances Your Blood Sugar

Refined sugar and corn syrup quickly increase blood glucose, forcing the pancreas to secrete large amounts of insulin. The insulin tells the body to remove blood sugar fast (at which point it is stored as fat), which then causes a dramatic drop in blood sugar. Eventually the pancreas can't create insulin (diabetes) or the body becomes insulin-resistant (like the boy who cried wolf too many times).

Read food labels. Many foods have added sugars and corn syrup. The less processed your foods, the healthier you will be.

There are sweeteners that can be used that don't dramatically increase the blood glucose level. Some have additional health benefits, as well. Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that not only doesn't increase your blood sugar, it actually helps to balance it. If I know I might have erratic meal times, such as when I'm traveling, I carry Stevia packets that I can add to my water. I'm a big fan of green tea, so I add it to my tea that I sip on all day.

Stevia has additional benefits. It protects the teeth from decay and helps lower blood pressure, something sugar has been shown to elevate.

Fiber & Protein: Working Together to Lower Blood Sugar

Foods that quickly raise the blood sugar levels are refined foods, primarily white sugar and flour. But any food that converts rapidly into glucose will cause a sudden jump in glucose or blood sugar levels. Examples include juice and and refined breakfast cereals.

Which brings us to the first food friend:

Fiber: Eat foods high in fiber including apples, oatmeal, whole, unrefined grains, bulky vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Take a digestive aid such as Zypan (made by Standard Process), if your digestive system has a hard time digesting lots of fiber and wants to make gas instead.

Protein: If you just can't resist that Krispy Kreme donut, eat it with a slice of cheese or a hard boiled egg. The protein will slow the break down of the carbohydrates into glucose. Not recommended for cheating every day, but it can help you cheat once in a while!

Tip # 5 - Check Your Cholesterol and Your Thyroid

Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Lots has been written about cholesterol and its effect on the blood vessels. HDL is the "good" cholesterol and trigylcerides are the bad.

High cholesterol (of the bad sort) is one of a group of symptoms that together have been labeled metabolic syndrome. This condition is the precursor to heart disease and a host of other problems, including diabetes.

Technically speaking, getting your cholesterol in the right balance doesn't really lower your blood sugar levels. It does, however, speak to overall improved health and a decreased likelihood of becoming insulin-resistant (which affects high blood sugar).

Link Between Thyroid and Pancreas

There is a link between your thyroid and your pancreas. If your thyroid is not working properly, it can create a pancreatic imbalance, which leads to insulin resistance in the body.

Ask your doctor to check your thyroid to make sure it is balanced. Women, as they age, seem to lose more of their thyroid capability.

Tip # 6 - Use Secret Weapons

Cinnamon and Salacia are stand-out helpers in improving blood sugar levels.

Salacia: This aryuvedic herb from India helps normalize blood sugar and insulin levels, and it also supports healthy blood lipids. Salacia contains two potent alpha-glucosidase inhibitors that may help regulate carbohydrate-metabolic imbalances. Salacia will bring down glucose levels within 20 minutes after taking. It's best to use this super helper as needed versus every day. Salacia can be ordered from Amazon.

Cinnamon: This delicious spice has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels and balance cholesterol levels. A fabulous two-fer! Cinnamon is recommended at amounts of 1 gram per day. If taken for 40 days, it will continue to promote benefits for an additional 20 days. One wonderful way to incorporate this spice into your diet is to make tea with cinnamon sticks (boiling 2-3 sticks in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes). Or just add it to oatmeal, smoothies, or cinnamon toast (use whole grain bread and one of the recommended sweeteners above). Cinnamon capsules can also be be ordered on Amazon. As suggested by a reader, you want to get Ceylon Cinnamon for the most effective glucose balance.

Share Your Tricks!

If you're not new to the problem of insulin intolerance and high blood sugar, you've probably learned a few tricks of your own. Please share those with us.

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      Christine Sefert 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for the info. I have been pre Diebetic for 6 months and have lost 40 pounds. I had my spleen and pancreas tail removed Nov 2015. I have high fasting blood glucose in the morning. I don't eat sweets only protein fats and vegetables. MRI 2016 showed numerous cycst on my pancreas. Having my 2017 MRI soon. I hope it looks better since I have been eating much better. I took notes on this article and I am going to add some of the tips to my way of eating. Thank you very much!

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      Helen 6 weeks ago

      Came across your article with good ideas have been diabetic for a while with a good size belly I can't get rid of have been in insulin but went back to pills I just couldn't handle the low's of being hypoglycemic all the time and hungry all the time

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      Karen 3 months ago

      Hi. I came across your article on pinterest. You have very useful and practical information, some of which I was not aware.

      I am pregnant and have gestational diabetes. I'm on insulin and metformin and I'm looking for different things to eat on a diabetic diet plus I don't want to take these medications so I'm trying to control my blood sugar with food (which I think is going ok ☺) . So I learnt a lot from this article. Thank you so much for sharing

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      hauwgo@yahoo.com 5 months ago

      I want to know more about diabetic

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      Bert Kuit 5 months ago

      love to know more about being almost Diabetic 2. Eat the whole day good and in the evenig love to take chocolate!

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      Annie 6 months ago

      Hi! Thank you very much for sharing this information about salacia, it is very useful, i just checked the amazon store and have found several varieties of this product ,which is the best? And what is a good recomended serving?I really appreciate your time and support .

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      Mary 13 months ago

      You said 10 tips. I only saw 6. very good information but I would like to see the other 4.

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      Gerald M. 2 years ago

      Awsome post! I understand that intermittent fasting also is effective for lowering blood glucose levels. http://diabetigo.com/intermittent-fasting-diet/

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      kdt 2 years ago

      I have had type 2 a long time. Do not manage well at all. Trying to get back on track. Back to education and tips. Looking to learn from others.

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      ecowhale 3 years ago

      Not watching TV lowers blood pressure.

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      mrinfo10 lm 3 years ago

      This lens was awesome! I'm 27 and have been struggling with hypoglycemia for 7 years now, so I'm hungry all the time, but eating small meals every 3-4 hours has really helped me. I love Chia seeds, and they're actually delicious in salads. ( :

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      gia combs-ramirez 3 years ago from Montana

      Oh for heaven's sake....I meant to reply to one of the readers and accidentally deleted the comment! Grrrr....Bonnie, my apologies! One trick I recently learned is to walk 15 minutes after each meal to bring down blood sugar. And I recommend is Salacia....fantastic supplement for bringing down blood sugar.

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Great lens with tons of valuable information. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      It's been a long time since I visited this excellent lens. Time to brush up on all your suggestions! Thank you so much for helping so many!!!

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      Mala Papachan 3 years ago from Matlock Bath, England

      I have read a lot of information on diabetes to which I found to be too medically defined or technical, and often have to read repeatedly to understand it. Your simple definition of the following is probably the best I've read for a long time > "Here's how it works: You eat something and the stomach and intestines breaks the food down into glucose. The cells need glucose for energy, but for the cells to be able to use glucose they also need insulin which the pancreas emits in the response to glucose." Excellent!!

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      ToxicFreeClub 3 years ago

      Very informative!! Love the list and levels of sugars in food. Nice touch

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      Embeegee 3 years ago

      I will only eat high carb foods at lunchtime then I can drink water and exercise to burn it off.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens and have always promoted healthy diets and good nutrition.

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      maryokh 3 years ago

      Very educative, i have learned a lot.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Really great and helpful lens. Thanks for sharing this.

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      yogameditation33 3 years ago

      Really good leans!

      Thanks for it!

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      CaseyM83612 3 years ago

      Great lens, so much information. Really good post

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      I was shocked to discover my glucose was 109 at a recent routine physical. My lifestyle includes many of the recommended food and exercise guidelines but I have gained a few pounds. So, I've set a goal to lose 20% of my weight by next checkup and see if that helps. I am already fighting hereditary cholesterol issues so the only thing to do is eliminate all sweets, white flour and alcohol ... no more party fun!

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      Frankie Kangas 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for putting this lens together. What great info. I'll also pass it along to my husband who has just been diagnosed with Diabetes. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! Visceral fat is my conundrum. I have found that protein snacks do help me to control appetite.

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      sociopath-free 3 years ago

      I haven't had a problem with blood sugar but I know a few who do. I'll pass this on. Very helpful lens.

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      JonathanJoseph 3 years ago

      Love the chia seed and Zumba part - thanks.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Great lens, I didn't know the relation between thyroid function and insulin resistance. Thank you so much for creating this lens!

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      ayusrilanka 3 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Here is another lens about Diabetes:

      http://www.squidoo.com/diabetes-the-dreadful-lifes...

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      Lee 3 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      One of the best lenses I've found. A brilliantly written way of helping with such a common issue. Thank you for the insight!

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      Vantis 3 years ago

      A lot of info sorted in a way you can easily understand. Well done

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      Tylermason297 3 years ago

      I must say that it is a brilliant article and contains a great information about the problem of high blood sugar and getting control over it.

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      tbrianpeel 3 years ago

      Very helpful and well written! Thanks s o much for sharing!

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      chenraz1 3 years ago

      very helpful thank you

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      ningbabyblog 3 years ago

      My Dad has high blood sugar and his way to control it is no consumption of carbs after 6:30pm and exercise everyday. Thanks for the great info, Ener-G! I'm gonna show this lens to him.

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      OliviaQ 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, a lot of knowledge that I get to read your Lens

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 3 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Wonderful Lens, great advice and I'm off to show my hubby.

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      Jackowacko LM 3 years ago

      The problem I experience is that I feel I need to nourish my body more as I feel my body starts to complain, foodwise and movement wise.

      I guess I am waiting for the point of no return....at least that is the feeling I get when I read this stuff over here. I know so little about what is really good for me. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Campala 3 years ago

      Really good lens, loved it. My Grandfather had diabetes, although he was as thin as a rake. I attach a link to a lens for those that are thinking of taking up some exercise to burn that glucose.

      https://hubpages.com/health/taking-exercise

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      RusselHowe 3 years ago

      If you've found that your routines aren't making you lose weight any more, then you need to boost the intensity of the exercise you are doing. Your body tends to adapt to a workout that you are constantly doing and it no longer having the same affect.

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      Boyd Carter 3 years ago

      In my opinion, proper use of the glycemic index will solve many of the challenges of diabetes. While potatoes have a high glycemic index, if they are eaten as cold potato salad, the glycemic index goes way down.

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      agedefyingworkout 3 years ago

      I wonder which of the ten ways you listed has the biggest impact. For example, is it eating the right foods or exercising or taking a particular supplement?

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      Muebles de exte 4 years ago

      nice lens, thank you for your help

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      hgb282 4 years ago

      Thanks for researching this topic and making this helpful lens filled with great tips.

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      githinji 4 years ago

      Priceless information, keep up the good work.

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      grassdiabetes 4 years ago

      informative stuff!

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      grassdiabetes 4 years ago

      @ashleydpenn: Grass Diabetes helps the people in assessing their life style against diabetes. and tell you when you are going to be diabetic and how to avoid it.

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      ashleydpenn 4 years ago

      I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, and just recently my fasting blood sugar was a little higher than the reference range. I never knew there was a link between thyroid and the pancreas. Thank you so much for sharing! GREAT lens!

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      mySuccess8 4 years ago

      Very informative and useful for all, irrespective of health condition.

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      nvhoangviet 4 years ago

      Good lens, terribly informative and well structured with lots of nice data regarding maintaining your glucose levels.

      You can read "How to prevent symptoms of sore neck while sleeping?" for your life.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      nvhoangviet 4 years ago

      Good lens, terribly informative and well structured with lots of nice data regarding maintaining your glucose levels.

      You can read "How to prevent symptoms of sore neck while sleeping?" for your life.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My some family members was diabetes patience and two of them were died because of this. My father is also a blood pressure patient, but he is very fit it's because he went for walking and exercise every morning from the last 40 years.

      Thank you so much for sharing this lens.

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      zfarley44 lm 4 years ago

      @zfarley44 lm: Oops, sorry for the extra comment, my pc is being stubborn.

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      zfarley44 lm 4 years ago

      I love it! Diabetes runs in my family very informative. I will pick your brain and apply it to see if it makes a different. :)

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      zfarley44 lm 4 years ago

      I love it! Diabetes runs in my family very informative. I will pick your brain and apply it to see if it makes a different. :)

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      pshinde2109 lm 4 years ago

      thnxs for important information...

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Wonderful, informative lens, made more wonderful because it is your personal experience. Thank you!

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      abouthealthtips 4 years ago

      All around great informative article. I've been using Stevia for some time and really like it as a safe alternative.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Good lens, very informative and well structured with plenty of great information about maintaining your blood sugar levels. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nicely put together lens! Great information.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I have no such issues but this article is vey informative and am sure helps a lot of people!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Thank you very much for this great lens. I am looking forward to try your tips to lower my sugar consumption.

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      zoda-zab 4 years ago

      thakyou

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Joanna14: no one cares were looking to lower quick ur dumb ass comment is stupid

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      kaseyrivenburgh 4 years ago

      Great tips. Great lens.

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Natual solutions are always the best- in every way! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow I love how specific this is! As opposed to the obvious "eat healthy and exercise" articles.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great work!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      am so glad and happy you are sharing these with us,wish to contact you some day

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      MZLewis LM 4 years ago

      I love your article. Thank you so very much. I have Type 2 Diabetes, but long ago, a health consultant also told me to use Diaxinol, gymnema sylvestre herbal supplement, and bitter melon tablets, among other aids, which also help break down blood sugar. I fully support your mention of cinnamon sticks, too. No doubt, I plan to return to your lens often!

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      @anonymous: Great information, thank you!

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      @Missmerfaery444: I hope your test came out okay. I remember taking that test and it was tough just taking it!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      I have been one of the lucky ones and love playing an ysport that helps to stay in reasonable shape.

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      CheapShotArtist 4 years ago

      Amazing analysis, thanks for the lens!

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      theherbbasket 4 years ago

      I love your comment about Zumba. Zumba has really taken off in the last few years. I have been teaching it where I live and love it. Great lens.

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      great lens thanks for sharing this with us

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing all these useful tips with us.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hi. I just loved this lens. Very simple and with tons of info. I am very particular about my health and your wonderful lens told me about salacia and cinnamon . Cheers.

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      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      Hi great lens. Interesting that stevia is actually good for you. I've been using it for around a year and it tastes great.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Wow. Absolutely awesome. I believe my prediabetic state is related to my thyroid. Terrific information. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I can NOT thank you enough for all of this. I just found out today I'm prediabetic and I'm scared but this eases my tension. This research gives me hope.

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      Wow... What an incredible analysis... Thanks so much for sharing your research!

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      This is brilliant stuff. We are responsible for our own health (not Doctors) and as a result, should try and educate ourselves on what we need to do to stay healthy. Thanks for the info.

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      jura 4 years ago

      Thank you that is a very informative lens great job .

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I know I've commented before but this is such a great page. I'm adding it to my 'Related Pages' on my hCG Diet experience lens. Thank you!

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      This was so helpful to read, Gia, thank you! I'm in my second pregnancy and having to have a repeat glucose test next week to determine if I have gestational diabetes or not. I was borderline in my first pregnancy and because my daughter was over 10lb I was at higher risk this time. Interesting that a lot of the foods I've been craving (seeds, cucumber, fibre) are the good and especially friendly foods!

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      geosum 4 years ago

      I was prediabetic five years ago. Since then I've lost about 130 lbs and have a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are an integral part of my life. Lots of great info in this lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There are two types of Cinnamon: it is the verum (true, Ceylon) versus the cassias (chinese, bakers) that is effective on blood sugar. NOW brand of cinnamon capsules is true Ceylon. Read your labels. You can also get true Ceylon cinnamon (sticks at many Asian markets. The bark is lighter in color and flakier.

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      CoachGary 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all of the great information. I'm always looking for new health info and helping people heal naturally and this is a great lens for doing that.

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      @e-special: Weight gain can occur with insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      @anonymous: Exercise and cut out all refined sugar and flour.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My blood sugar level is 23.5 sudden surge please suggest

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank so much for this great information, i now live in Cali, Colombia, South America, i moved here from Tacoma, WA, and its nice to know that i can get advised on all my questions,

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      e-special 4 years ago

      @mariacarbonara: I bet you will love it!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never tried Zumba but might give it a go. Very informative lens

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      e-special 4 years ago

      Can diabetes be one of the causes of weight gain? I dun have any abnormal glucose level, but my insulin is slightly on the higher side; I would say the level has just crossed the maximum range. Can it be responsible for my sudden weight gain? If so, I would definitely look for ways to normalize my insulin level. I have tried homemade lemonade to reduce weight. And I felt great. Looking forward to trying the natural ways to get rid of the extra fat burden now. If anybody has suggestions to share, I would love to hear.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great information

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Great tips. I know diabetes runs in my family so I try to eat healthy. I wouldn't want to end up getting diabetes in the future so I do whatever I can to prevent it.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this great information!