Q: I am a diabetic patient and I have been monitoring my blood sugar level all this while. However, my blood sugar level is inconsistent and varies from 7.0mmol/L to 13.0mmol/L. What should I do?
The blood sugar of individuals with diabetes may alter significantly with diet. After meals, the blood sugar level will rise and after you had a night’s rest, it will usually be low in the morning. High dose of insulin or oral diabetes medications also causes the blood sugar to be too low and vice versa.
Another factor that affects blood sugar level is an illness. Illness or infection exerts physical stress on the body which increases the insulin requirements. Thus, it is important to carefully monitor blood sugar levels when you are suffering from any illness.
On the other hand, physical activity can lower blood sugar since glucose is used to supply the body’s increasing needs. However, one is advised to consider the type of physical activities because vigorous exercise can actually bring down your blood sugar to dangerous levels.
Gymnema, fenugreek, bitter melon and holy basil are herbs traditionally used lower blood sugar level in diabetic individuals.
- Gymnema contains gymnemic acid which helps to regenerate beta cells and enhance the production of insulin.
- Fenugreek and holy basil help to reduce blood sugar level
- Bitter melon helps to lower glucose absorption in the intestinal tract
Diet plays a vital role in our health and wellness and this is an undeniable fact especially for diabetes patients. Adopt a high fiber diet that includes oat bran, brown rice and wholemeal bread. Reduce the intake of saturated fats such as red meat, poultry skin and fried foods. Frequent small meals instead of three large ones are recommended.