If you or your doctor suspect you may be pre-diabetic or have full-blown diabetes, he will probably do an A1C test. It's an easy finger prick test that doesn't require you to fast.
If you're pre-diabetic, the result will fall in the 5.7% and 6.4% range, and if you're diabetic, it will e 6.5% or over.
Unfortunately, a recent study showed that this test is inaccurate 73% of the time. Find out ... ››› more
You've heard it all by now - what to eat, mostly what not to eat - and it's driving you crazy. All you want is to get on with your day without all the fuss and the stress.
Well, a recent study found that if you make a particular breakfast choice, you'll not only avoid a sugar spike straight after your first meal of the day, you'll also set yourself up for success for the rest of the day too...... ››› more
If you're feeling like you're losing the battle against your blood sugar spikes, you'll be pleased to know that you can add a simple vitamin to your daily regimen instead, to get them back on the narrow path.
This is a sigh of relief for those people who have been holding out, trying to avoid having to start taking diabetes drugs, or having to increase their dosages if they're already on them. ... ››› more
If you have elevated blood sugar levels but they aren't high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, it doesn't necessarily mean your health is in the clear.
According to a new US study, people with high blood sugar levels but not diabetes may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than those with normal blood sugar levels.
Read on for the full findings, as published in The Lancet Dia... ››› more
Whether you're trying to take control of your blood sugar levels to manage type 2 diabetes or simply boost overall health, we bet you're curious as to whether or not drinking fruit juice raises your levels.
The short answer is no - drinking fruit juice won't spike your blood sugar levels. Well, not as long as it's 100% fruit juice, that is. This is according to a study published in the Journal ... ››› more
While smoothies are a quick and easy healthy snack or meal, if you concoct the wrong blend, your drink can spike your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling queasy rather than energised.
So which ingredients are recommended for keeping your blood sugar levels even-keeled and feelings of hunger and nausea at bay? Here are three that nutritionists recommend.
Three smoothie staples for healthy... ››› more
Research shows that sleep plays a critical role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and beating type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in the Annals of Epidemiology, if f you get less than six hours of shut-eye on most nights, you're three times more likely to have elevated blood sugar levels!
Experts say the best strategy to improve your sleep and keep your blood sugar levels st... ››› more
For centuries, people around the world have been using ginger to add a kick to their favourite foods and as a remedy for colds, motion sickness and arthritis pain. Now, it looks like ginger has benefits for your blood sugar levels, too.
A recent study conducted by researchers at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran, showed that ginger can lower blood sugar n people with ... ››› more
When it comes to nutrition, we tend to keep things simple and break it down into pieces: Protein, carbohydrates, fat and so on. But there's so much more to eating a healthy diet than consuming an appropriate amount of macronutrients to keep your blood sugar levels, gut health and other aspects of your health in check.
In our modern day diet, there's one nutrient that's causing some serious prob... ››› more
For most people, stress is simply annoying. If you have diabetes, it can be dangerous. That's because your blood sugar levels rise when your stress levels are high.
When you're under stress, you may need to take more insulin or other medications to stabilise your blood sugar levels. Being sick or physically injured can do the same. And your response to stress can make things even worse…
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