Close to 24 million people in the United States have diabetes. However, about a quarter of these people don’t even know they have it.
Type 2 diabetes is a life-long condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. The exact cause is unknown, but it affects the way your body handles glucose, your body’s main source of fuel. Glucose is a simple sugar that comes from food, and it is normally taken up by the cells with the aid of a hormone called insulin, which the body produces. People who have diabetes are not able to take in glucose efficiently into their cells either because their cells are resistant to the effects of insulin or because they produce too little insulin. The result is that glucose stays in the blood, causing high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) while the cells continue to be hungry for fuel. If this remains persistent for a long time, complications like kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy and eye disease can develop.…show more content… Does this mean that you are doomed to take medicines forever to control blood sugar? Not necessarily. Although there is no cure for diabetes, some people are able to control their blood sugar levels by modifying their lifestyles, and without being dependent on medications. Your doctor will advise you if you need to take medications to effectively reduce your risk of complications when lifestyle changes are not enough to improve your condition.
Lowering your blood sugar is not just a short-term goal, if you want to avoid the complications associated with it. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to control blood sugar levels. But in order for these to work, you must consider these as part of a healthy lifestyle that you have to adopt from now on.
Here are 7 proven tips to lower your blood sugar