Lower Your Blood Sugar for a Longer Life & Lower Healthcare Costs

Being a person with diabetes comes with many challenges. From eating healthy to maintaining the right amount of exercise, it can become hard to lower 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.[1]
  • Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These will help to slow carb digestion and sugar absorption.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • Try a low-carb diet, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes and reduces blood sugar.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Aim for quality sleep. A good night’s sleep (7-9 hours) helps your body control and regulate blood sugar levels.[7]

Conclusion

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!)

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[1] 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.

[2] IBID

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[6] Everyday Health. “9 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally.” November 14, 2017, https://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/9-tips-lower-blood-sugar-naturally/.

[7] 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.