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10 Tips to Balance Blood Sugar and Insulin

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter

Concerned about abdominal weight gain and not sure how to help get rid of it? Latest lab-work show an elevated blood sugar? Consider working on your glucose and insulin balance.

When you eat a sugary snack, fruit, and carbohydrates, it breaks down into glucose (blood sugar) that is important for energy in your cells. In order to get into that glucose into your cells, your body produces insulin that acts like the key unlocking the door. Excess glucose can lead to diabetes but excess insulin or insulin resistance is a problem too.

Here are 10 ways to get your blood sugar and insulin in balance.

1)Don’t skip meals. This throws your blood sugar and insulin into a tailspin.

2)Start everyday with a breakfast that includes protein and is low in sugar.

3)Skip the fancy coffee drinks full of sugar, fruit juice, and sugar fortified drinks such as soda.

4)Get 300-400mg of magnesium in your diet for insulin support.

5)Take 250-500mg of chromium for blood sugar balance.

6)Exercise at least 30minutes most days of the week.

7)Do weight bearing exercise which uses up glucose much quicker than regular cardio.

8)Get 25-30mg of fiber everyday! (I’m not kidding) This is very important for all aspects of your health!

9)Watch your sugar intake. Sometimes it’s hidden in unsuspecting foods such as spaghetti sauce, cereals, yogurt, breads, power bars and more. Check the ingredients!

10)Eat foods high in healthy oils such as salmon, olive oil and avocado. Consider taking a good quality omega-3 supplement that has been tested for potency.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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Anonymous

Normally, the body makes insulin when it's needed. Right after meals, it produces enough insulin to process the blood sugar from that meal, moving it out of the blood and into the body's cells. Between meals, the level of insulin drops before it drives blood sugar levels too low.When the insulin comes from injections, it's harder to maintain levels of insulin that keep blood sugar from going too low, or too high. Fat Farm

March 3, 2011 - 12:55am
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Anonymous

During insuli n resistance the cell membranes have difficulty recognizing insulin and too few channels are opened. In this situation both insulin and glucose remain high in the blood and some cells stay deficient in glucose. Cells in the pancreas gland secrete insulin into the blood stream. These cells can often become exhausted after long periods of producing excessive levels of insulin. Once tired these cells can no longer produce adequate amounts of insulin to achieve perfect blood sugar balance. Fitness Boot Camp

March 2, 2011 - 1:04am
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