Tips to Lower Blood Sugar

Good blood glucose control is vital to diabetes care. Studies have shown that good control can prevent or delay the onset of complications. Here's how you can control and reduce your blood sugar.

Stick to a Healthful Meal Plan Following a healthful meal plan is one of the most important measures you can take to keep your blood glucose under control. In years past, people with diabetes were expected to follow a strict diet that had little regard for individual likes or dislikes. Today, diabetes experts realize that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work and isn't necessary.

Work with your dietitian to design a meal plan that reflects your own needs and preferences. Your plan should:

  • Be nutritionally balanced to include carbohydrates, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

  • Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

  • Reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol you eat.

  • Minimize the amount of salt and sodium you eat.

  • Help you maintain or achieve an ideal weight.

  • Include foods that you enjoy.