3. Treat Symptoms of Stress
Stress can affect your blood sugar levels by triggering the flight-or-fight response that releases glucose from your tissues. Your body makes glucose available for the energy you may need to fight off perceived danger. Furthermore, mental stress may make you more likely to overeat or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Allow yourself time to recover and unwind from a stressful day. Engage in healthy coping mechanisms for stress such as exercise, spending time with friends, or journaling. Behavioral techniques, such as breathing exercises or progressive relaxation, can also help decrease the effects of stress-related hormones in your blood.
2. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Many mixed drinks are high in sugar, therefore contributing to weight gain and spikes in blood sugar. Also, over time, extensive drinking can cause decreased insulin sensitivity. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting alcohol consumption to less than one drink per day for women and less than two drinks for men.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Allowing your body enough time for the restorative rest it needs will help keep your organs, hormones, and tissues at peak performance. Sleep provides your body with the tools it needs to maintain proper blood glucose control. Furthermore, the Sleep Doctor asserts that improper amounts of sleep can result in obesity, insulin resistance, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Set the stage for a good night’s sleep by avoiding alcohol and heavy meals within two hours of bedtime. Prepare for a restful night by dimming your lights and engaging in quiet activities before heading to bed.