How can I lower my blood sugar if I have diabetes?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The good news with diabetes is that you can potentially lower your numbers dramatically. Here are some tips:
  • Exercise: Physical exercise has been shown to lower blood sugar for a day or even more afterward.
  • Try vinegar: Take 1 teaspoon before a meal to help keep blood sugar stable.
  • For a sweet fix, eat fruit: Instead of reaching for cookies or other sweets loaded with refined sugar, reach for specific fruits that are high in fiber and low in sugar such as cherries or apricots.
  • Take alpha lipoic acid: This supplement has shown promise to lower blood sugar levels, although mostly when administered intravenously in a medical setting. Some research suggests it may help with diabetic neuropathy symptoms as well, although this is not yet proven. 
Phil Southerland

To decrease your blood sugar, eliminate bad habits that lead to what I call “O-o-t”-y (“out-of-target”) blood sugars. Pick two or three of these habits and say bye-bye! These habits might include:

  • snacking when your blood sugar is high
  • eating without checking your blood sugar
  • skipping boluses or corrections
  • Cutting out candy bars and soft drinks
  • Getting down on yourself for a high blood sugar (it happens to the best of us; don’t use it as an excuse to quick trying!)


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