Foods containing SIMPLE carbohydrates:
“Exercise has a huge effect on blood sugar,” says Dr. Eltarawy. “For example, if you are running or walking, you will immediately lower your blood sugar. If a person has mild diabetes, they can actually control their symptoms with something as simple as walking every day for half an hour.”
Strenuous exercise, such as heavy weightlifting, can affect blood sugar levels differently. Blood sugar levels will still lower immediately, but they could also keep lowering after the workout. Talk with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine, especially if it is strenuous.
“We can adjust caloric intake and the medications you need as you are doing your exercise program,” he says.
To avoid diabetes in the first place, limit your intake of simple carbohydrates, such as candy and sugary drinks; eat complex carbohydrates; aim to walk at least 30 minutes every day; and add more movement throughout your day by parking the car further away at the grocery story or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
“Just simple things like this can help you avoid diabetes,” says Dr. Eltarawy.