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What is the best way to lower your blood sugar in your body?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The best treatment for lowering your blood sugar is through diabetes self-management of diet, exercise, and medications. Consuming a balanced diet throughout the day and following a meal plan of carbohydrate distribution will help keep blood sugar readings in line. Your consumption of carbohydrate containing foods will also be managed through medications if necessary. Exercise can help lower blood sugar readings as well as aid in weight loss. Keep in mind there are other variables to add to the mix of managing blood sugar readings such as being sick with a cold, not getting adequate sleep, increased stress, and increase or decrease in physical activity.

Eating enough protein and pumping enough iron may be a good strategy for helping to control your blood sugar. Here's why: You need protein to optimize muscle growth. And extra muscle enhances your body's ability to stabilize blood sugar. Research confirms the effectiveness of this synergistic pair.

Just 12 weeks of resistance training -- along with a significant bump in protein intake -- lowered blood sugar levels by about 25% in a study of healthy older adults. Strength training may be particularly valuable because it boosts a muscle protein that helps regulate blood sugar. Get a personalized breakdown of your protein, carb, and fat needs based on your age, weight, and activity levels.

When it comes to controlling your blood sugar and avoiding type 2 diabetes, a healthy, balanced, portion-smart menu is the main ticket -- but exercise is vital, too, because it helps keep pounds down while it builds muscle up.

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