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Feb 9, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Cando, to help control blood sugar, there are several things you can do. One, of course, is add more exercise to your day. Another is to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep causes stress for the body, the production of stress hormones and affects the blood sugar.

Add in cinnamon as well as ginseng. I take these in pill form. My endocrinologist actually recommended it for me to control my diabetes.

New research is showing that dark chocolate may help with glucose too, believe it or not. Someone did a study in which people in high stress jobs were given one-half of a dark chocolate candy bar about 10 a.m. and the other half about 3 p.m. The chemicals in the chocolate lowered their stress hormones and lowered their glucose levels. They believe that over time, the dark choc also encourages the body to be more responsive to insulin. But the key is moderation--only half a candy bar in the a.m. and the other half in the p.m.--not a whole box of chocolate. LOL

And let me recommend massage. Again, massage reduces the stress hormones, which can also reduce belly fat, since the stress hormones cause belly fat to accumulate. And massage helps the muscles utilize the glucose somehow instead of it just floating around in the arteries. I've started having regular massages and just within in the hour long massage, my glucose drops 40 points! Massage also helps relieve depression by increasing the body's production of serotonin (the happy chemical). A lot of people eat the wrong foods when depressed, so reducing depression could reduce food intake and thus decrease glucose levels and even weight gain.

I'm sorry, I can't quote the sources where I get all this info. I subscribe to a lot of health newsletters and get a lot of info from my endocrinologist. But I hope this info helps.

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