You know that keeping blood sugar steady not only keeps you happy and energized, it also protects against diabetes and heart disease. And now, research in the journal Diabetes Care reveals that maintaining healthy blood-sugar levels reduces the risk of COVID complications by 66 percent! And it’s easier than ever.
Enjoy a pre-meal treat.
Drinking a refreshing sparkler with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or eating a sweet cider vinegar gummy before two daily meals blunts blood-sugar spikes by 64 percent, according to a landmark Arizona State University study. Credit goes to the vinegar’s acetic acid, which helps muscles absorb blood sugars. A gummy to try: New Nordic Apple Cider Gummies (Buy on New Nordic Supplements, $15.95).
Giggle with Friends.
Sure, walking is a great way to keep blood sugar in check. But what’s more fun and more effective? Plopping on the couch in front of a sitcom! Laughter activates muscles in the face, shoulders, and abdomen, which use glucose for fuel. When Japanese experts compared folks who watched a comedy to those who watched a somber lecture post-meal, they found that laughing suppressed blood-sugar surges by 48 percent — that’s more than twice as much as a 10-minute walk!
Have another sip.
Quenching your thirst with a glass of water every three to four hours combats dehydration, lowering the risk of high blood sugar by 32 percent. So say French scientists, who found the benefit in those who drank four eight-ounce glasses daily. Experts say staying well-hydrated keeps a lid on levels of the hormone vasopressin, preventing elevations that can trigger the liver to produce extra glucose.
Save the best for last.
Savoring a summer-fresh dinner is a welcome treat, and there’s an easy way to make it even better: Enjoy your chicken and veggies before digging into that tasty potato salad. Weill Cornell Medical College scientists say eating vegetables and poultry or meat prior to starchy, carb-rich foods lowers blood sugar spikes by up to 37 percent. Researchers explain that protein and fiber slow the absorption of the sugar from carbs into the bloodstream.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.