Reduce Blood Sugar
Sugar is used by the body to supply energy. Sugar as well as carbohydrates (starches) are converted into glucose and used by all cells as fuel. When we eat a lot of sugar regularly, it can lead to harmful effects, such as overweight and obesity – which can lead to disease such as diabetes. Having too much sugar in your diet also leads to weight gain and can cause tooth decay.
Risk of diabetes
Diabetes can cause your blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels, and when this happens, your body may try to solve the problem by draining fluid out of your cells to dilute the sugar levels, creating excessive thirst and hydration problems.
Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart and blood vessels, as well as your eyes and kidneys.
Most people with diabetes die from some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
How can I reduce my blood sugar?
If you are diagnosed as diabetic, your doctor will prescribe medications to help you to control your blood sugar levels.
In addition, you should aim to lose weight if you are overweight or obese and start on a regular exercise programme.
A good eating plan will help to manage your blood sugar levels and decrease risk of complications.
• Sugary drinks such as carbonated sugary drinks, or beverages such as tea and coffee with lots of sugar added
• Large amounts of undiluted fruit juice which also contains sugar.
• Sweets and chocolate
• Desserts and puddings
• Alcohol - remember that you should consult a doctor before consuming any alcohol, as alcohol affects blood sugar levels and can lead to serious or even life- threatening complications.
• there are additional guidelines for diabetics which need to be followed to prevent CV and other complications of diabetes, such as low fat diet, increased fibre intake, eating sufficient vegetables and fruit etc.
When you follow a healthy diet, you are giving yourself the best chance for a healthy life.
Diabetes is one of the six major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Uncontrolled diabetes combined with other symptoms such as high blood pressure will double your risk of getting a cardiovascular disease.