Controlling Blood Sugar for a Vascular-Friendly Lifestyle


A diabetic-friendly lifestyle

Did you know that, as a health condition, type two diabetes not only poses serious threats to a general lifestyle, but can also be a major risk factor for changes to our central, respiratory, gastric, and, yes, our vascular systems?

Many of us are familiar with the numerous effects that arise from developing type two diabetes, such as high blood sugar and a resistance to/lack of insulin, and the many common symptoms of the condition, such as frequent urination, unexplained weight loss and increased thirst. However, there are also many long term effects that type two diabetes can cause, including vascular conditions, such as renal artery stenosis and thoracic aortic aneurysm. Additionally, impaired glucose tolerance is also a risk factor for the development of peripheral vascular disease and stroke, and, as a result of many of these conditions, diabetic ulcers can form.

Keeping this in mind, it's important to understand how those suffering from type two diabetes can help to control their condition, further preventing the spread of other diseases as a result. One of the many ways to do this is to control blood sugar levels from getting too high, thereby preventing subsequent conditions from forming. With that said, there are numerous ways that one can help to control their blood sugar.

Change Your Diet - Not only is it important to control the intake of foods that can cause high spikes in blood sugar, but it's also essential to increase the consumption of foods that can be beneficial for a person with type two diabetes. Nuts, for example, can help with the absorption - specifically almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. Though nuts can often be high in calories, they are a very helpful food to combat additional sugar in the diet.

Whole grains, such as rye, oat bran, and barley, are all high in soluble fiber, which can help to prevent spikes in blood sugar. However, whole grains are still high in carbohydrates, so they should be sparingly utilized as a preventable measure. Vegetables are also fiber-rich, specifically cucumbers, broccoli, and carrots, and can be eaten to help prevent blood sugar level spikes.

Utilize Additives - There are many additives that can be used with food that can help to control blood sugar spikes. Cinnamon is a great example of this - when added to your favorite coffee or treat, cinnamon can be an excellent way to get blood sugar levels to drop. It has also been shown that cinnamon may be responsible for stimulating insulin secretions in the pancreas.

Apple Cider Vinegar can also be utilized to improve blood sugar levels - it has been shown that just two ounces can help improve insulin sensitivity. 

Planning Your Day - Though there are many foods and additives that one can consume to improve blood sugar levels, a major way to improve these conditions is to simply plan your day, making sure that you're getting the proper nutrients, as well as finding a balance in your diet. First, don't skip meals - period. It is important to eat food consistently throughout the day so you're never experiencing symptoms of weakness or fatigue. Experts suggest those suffering from type two diabetes eat three healthy meals a day, as well as two nutritious snacks, to maintain stable blood sugar. Finally, if you drink alcohol, it's important to not drink on an empty stomach, as it can cause major drops in blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is important to either while or before you decide to drink. 

By following all of these helpful guidelines, having type two diabetes doesn't have to result in other vascular conditions. For more information about how type two diabetes can lead to the development of vascular disease, contact your vascular specialist or medical doctor.