Being a person with diabetes comes with many challenges. From eating healthy to maintaining the right amount of exercise, it can become hard to track of your blood sugar and keep it at a healthy level. But here’s some new motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle: Lowering your blood sugar will not only make you feel better and keep you healthier over time, but it is now linked to a longer life and significantly lower annual healthcare costs. Imagine if you could save $3,000 per year just by maintaining a low blood sugar? What would you do with that money?
Here’s an example:
Sam, a 45-year-old male with Type 2 diabetes, will live 4.8 years longer and save $3,320 per year in annual healthcare costs by simply following his diabetic diet, attending doctors’ appointments, taking medications as prescribed (50% of U.S. adults don’t after 6 months), and gardening a few times a week (a hobby he enjoys). Put into his retirement account, that savings would equal $150,000 at age 65!
As you can see, lowering your blood sugar can yield significant gains in your life expectancy and savings. To get started, here are a few simple tips:
- Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water helps keep your blood sugar within healthy levels and helps your kidneys flush out excess blood sugar.
- Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These will help to slow carb digestion and sugar absorption.
- Try apple cider vinegar. Adding 2 teaspoons to an 8-ounce glass of water can help reduce fasting blood sugar levels and has been shown to increase your insulin sensitivity.
- Try a low-carb diet, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes and reduces blood sugar.
- Move a little more each day. Exercise not only helps to normalize blood sugar levels for those who have type 2 diabetes, but it also helps prevent a stroke, a heart attack, and reduced blood flow to your legs.
- Shed a few pounds! Your weight loss goals do not need to be monumental—even losing 5 pounds helps. Carrying extra weight causes insulin resistance, which blocks the blood sugar-lowering hormone from doing its job.
- Aim for quality sleep. A good night’s sleep (7-9 hours) helps your body control and regulate blood sugar levels.
Now that you know how far lowering your blood sugar can take you—in terms of a longer life and thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars—adopting one (or a few!) of these simple tips should be much more achievable. Sign up for HealthyCapital to continue getting more tips (and more money in your pocket!)
 Semeco, Arlene. “15 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally.” May 3, 2016, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/15-ways-to-lower-blood-sugar.
 Everyday Health. “9 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally.” November 14, 2017, https://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/9-tips-lower-blood-sugar-naturally/.
 IBID; Semeco, Arlene. “15 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally.” May 3, 2016, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/15-ways-to-lower-blood-sugar.
Everyday Health. “9 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally.” November 14, 2017, https://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/9-tips-lower-blood-sugar-naturally/.
Semeco, Arlene. “15 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally.” May 3, 2016, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/15-ways-to-lower-blood-sugar.