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17 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Sugar and Prevent Spikes

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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13. Go for Walks After Meals

Any kind of exercise performed after a meal will help burn off excess carbohydrates and lower blood glucose levels. You’re also putting the glucose to use as energy before it is stored as fat. Going for a walk after eating, for example, is a great way to prevent post-meal blood sugar spikes (27). If you are type 1 diabetic, be sure to check your urine for ketones in addition to testing blood sugar. High glucose levels (over 300) and the presence of ketones could cause blood sugar to increase with exercise.

14. Stop Eating Sweets

Candy, cookies, cakes – all of these usually have one thing in common: sugar. Sugar is one of the fastest and most dangerous ways to cause a blood sugar spike. In addition to spiking glucose, avoiding sugary foods helps keep your waistline in check. Diabetic sweeteners may keep your blood sugar low, but they contribute to sugar cravings and can severely harm your body.

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If you still need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try snacking on a handful of berries or make yourself a low-carb treat. If all else fails, try using peppermint oil to curb your craving.

15. Stay Hydrated

Believe it or not, dehydration can lead to blood sugar spikes. Dehydration causes the kidneys to retain fluid, so excess sugar isn’t flushed out of the body. Additionally, your liver responds to dehydration by releasing sugars into the bloodstream (28). Studies even show that individuals who remain well hydrated are less likely to experience hyperglycemia and develop insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes (29).