Some of the answers are obvious: lose the extra body fat, clean up the diet, stay away from sugary/starchy/processed foods, go heavy on the veggies.
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There are, however, some pretty awesome foods and supplements that can help keep your blood just the right amount of sweet. Here are some of the most promising I've found:
Fenugreek: Fenugreek has been shown in several studies to lower blood sugar significantly in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) As an added benefit, it lowers triglycerides (which sugar has been shown to increase) and improves blood cholesterol profiles. (1) (2) (3) (4) Fenugreek does have the interesting side-effect of making your sweat smell like maple syrup (no joke!!), but I personally think that's kinda cool.
Acai: Despite its hype as the Superfruit of the Year, Acai has surprisingly little research behind it. However, the research that does exist shows that it is, indeed, a superfruit. Its antioxidant profile appears unparalleled, and it seems to be a superior cancer-killer and yeast-inhibitor. A preliminary study shows that acai may also seem to have a very good effect on normalizing blood lipid and blood sugar levels. While more research needs to be done, the promise is very impressive.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: This antioxidant has been shown to improve glucose sensitivity in type 2 diabetics and, at least in rodents, has been shown to have an antiobesity component. What alpha-lipoic acid seems particularly effective at, however, is reducing the neuropathy and eye damage that often comes along with diabetes. (1) (2) (3) (4)
Chromium: Chromium is a mineral that appears to help glucose metabolism as well as help normalize cholesterol levels in both type 2 and gestational diabetes. (1) (2) (3) However, it does not seem to be useful as a preventative antidiabetic measure. The American Diabetes Association states that there is insufficient evidence to recommend chromium supplementation.
So if you find yourself hyperglycemic, give some of these a shot (and get on a regular exercise program, and clean up your diet). You might just find your diabetes risk become a thing of the past.
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