List of Great Foods for Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugar, often affects people with diabetes. Hyperglycemia occurs when your blood sugar levels become elevated. Symptoms include increased urination, fatigue and thirst, and they may be controlled by medications or eating certain foods. According to MayoClinic.com, if hyperglycemia is left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetic coma, and may lead to complications with your eyes, nerves, heart and kidneys. It is important to make good food choices to prevent or relieve symptoms of hyperglycemia.

Whole grain bread is a source of magnesium and fiber that may manage hyperglycemia.
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Foods Rich In Magnesium

Magnesium-rich foods may be a good choice to prevent or reduce hyperglycemic symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Health, individuals with diabetes may benefit from increasing magnesium in their diet. The institute reports, that an increased loss of magnesium in the urine has been associated with hyperglycemia. Magnesium can be obtained in supplement form. However, many foods are also rich in magnesium, including green vegetables, such as spinach, legumes, nuts and whole grain breads.

Foods Rich In Biotin and Chromium

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, biotin-rich foods and chromium-rich foods may play a role in managing your hyperglycemia. Biotin, in combination with chromium, might improve blood sugar control in some people with type 2 diabetes, although more research is needed. Good sources of biotin include cooked egg yolks, sardines, brewer's yeast and legumes. Nuts are also a source of biotin, including almonds, pecans and walnuts. Good food sources of chromium include turkey, whole-wheat bread, potatoes, bananas, broccoli and various spices.

Fiber-Rich Foods

Eating foods high in fiber may help prevent and reduce your hyperglycemic symptoms. Dietary fiber can reduce your risk of heart problems and help control and normalize your blood sugar levels. Fiber has a satiating effect on your body and allows a steady flow of energy into your bloodstream. This helps you avoid an extreme spike or dip in blood sugar. Foods that contain fiber include vegetables, nuts, beans, lentils, peas and whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice. Including these in your daily meals and snacks can help you manage your hyperglycemia.

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