Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are above normal but not elevated enough to be considered diabetes.
Article originally published by EverydayHealth and reposted here with their permission.
People diagnosed with prediabetes are at increased risk of developing diabetes in the future, which is all the more reason to be as healthy as you can. Here are five natural ways to improve your blood sugar levels, and possibly lower your risk of developing full-blown diabetes:
1. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to decrease fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels. It can be too bitter or potent alone, however, and some people report esophageal irritation when swallowing it. To make it more palatable, mix 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water and drink or use as a salad dressing.
2. Eat More High-Fiber Foods
Foods that are high in fiber help keep blood sugar levels steady and eliminate big spikes and drops. Fiber also helps reduce insulin resistance and can decrease your risk of developing diabetes. Aim to get at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day from fresh, unprocessed, and seasonal foods.
3. Get More Sleep
Inadequate or poor sleep makes the body less effective at using insulin. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours per night. If a good night’s sleep is not possible during the week, make sure you are catching up over the weekend. A chronic lack of sleep can lead you to maek poor food choices and cause you to have imbalanced energy levels.
4. Take a Cinnamon Extract Supplement
Cinnamon extract has also been shown to improve fasting blood sugars in those with both prediabetes and diabetes. But watch how you take the extract. Cinnamon-sugar cupcakes don’t count! A supplement is the best way to get pure cinnamon extract.
5. Eat Chromium-Rich Foods
Chromium is essential to healthy cellular function and helps insulin function as it should. The exact mechanism is not entirely known, but inadequate levels of chromium can interfere with healthy glucose metabolism. You can get your daily does of chromium from broccoli, oats, barley, and tomatoes.
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