Protect Yourself From Blood Sugar Lows

Taking these precautions can help lower your risk.

Rita Ross
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...On the job
When you’re focused on making a deadline, it’s easy to lose track of meals and lose touch with how you feel. But it pays to keep on top of both: A study in the journal Value in Health of more than 1,000 people in the U.S. and Europe with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes found that one in five participants had arrived late—or missed a full day of work—in a one-month period because of “hypoglycemic events.”

A savvy strategy? Snack frequently and wisely. Try pretzels, rice cakes, whole-wheat crackers, low-fat microwave popcorn and string cheese sticks. Not only does grazing help keep blood sugar levels steady, it also helps banish the notorious 3 o’clock slump.

Bonus! Snacking can help you slim down! A study reported in the Nutrition Journal found that noshing on moderately high-protein foods helped patients with type 2 diabetes achieve a modest 2.2-pound weight loss in eight weeks.

April 2013