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Lowering Blood Sugar

This continues Food Nutrition Labels
With tips found from websites available
Some ideas I stated before were wrong
Life is about learning as we journey along

First errors to correct from poem above listed
Breast cancer risks and soy are not connected
Unless by large doses of hormone medication
Always discuss diet changes with physician

My doctor not alarmed with prior glucose level
But chart said above 100 pre-diabetic abnormal
Night before last physical ate dinner gluten-free
Lab results normal range 20 points lower for me

Fasting blood glucose serves as a guideline
Pre-diabetic leads to diabetes in 10 year time
Studies confirm but it can be reversed by diet
What changes should be made to help avoid it

Limit added sugar to 6 tsp for women, 8 for men
Same as 12 oz soda which has 8 teaspoons therein
One teaspoon equals four grams as a reference handy
Added sugar found in foods like ice cream and candy

Include as part of your diet nutritious low sugar foods
Apples, soy, whole grains, carrots, beans, all are good
Foods high in soluble fiber and psyllium at 25g per day
Diabetics in 6 weeks lowered glucose levels in a big way

Avoid high calorie foods, fat, and starchy vegetables too
Limit peas, winter squash, corn, pumpkin, and potatoes
Fats include lard, margarine, shortening, and coconut oil
When cooking avoid deep frying and sautéing above all

Here are some ways I have begun to make changes already
Quit eating graham crackers, peanut butter, tea with honey
Snack on pistachio nuts, rice cakes, tea now with cinnamon
Switched to soy milk, next step will be bread without gluten

I am still working on getting more hours of sleep each night
As I do energy level will increase with improvement in sight
I want to start walking outside on my work break in afternoon
New support socks and exercise will also help feet swelling too

© Carol S. 4/27/13

NOTE:  Partly based on resources at www.livestrong.com various pages








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