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What can you eat or do to lower blood sugar level?

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To lower the blood sugar level, a person should eat foods such as cinnamon, fenugreek and garlic, states Healthline. Other foods that reduce blood sugar include berries, nuts, avocados, red cherries, vinegar, barley, chia seeds, lemons and sweet potatoes. The patient should also increase exercise and avoid stress, claims Health.com.

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Meta-analysis of 2011 studies indicated that cinnamon reduces blood glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and increases high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. It also prevents type 2 diabetes, say Healthline. However, taking excessive cinnamon can be dangerous. One should consult a doctor before taking cinnamon.

Fenugreek is a spice that is used as a supplement for nursing mothers and in various herbal medicines. The fiber in fenugreek seeds slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, leading to the reduction of blood sugar, claims Healthline. It also contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that reduce the blood sugar. Fenugreek can be taken in the form of pills or tea, or it can be added to food recipes.

Aside from reducing cholesterol levels, garlic may also lowers blood sugar. A 2006 and a 2012 studies in rats and rabbits, respectively, reported that garlic extracts may lower blood sugar because it increased insulin in the diabetic people, states Healthline.

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