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A Savory Way to Steady Blood Sugar

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For blood sugar as balanced as a Russian gymnast, try adding lentils to your diet.

According to Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, these earthy little legumes are chock-full of soluble fiber -- one of nature's niftiest gifts for keeping blood sugar in check.

A Slow, Steady Drip
> Lentils and other foods high in soluble fiber have a low glycemic load; the fiber in them delays digestion. That in turn triggers a slow, steady release of sugar and insulin into the bloodstream. And that's way better for your body -- and your diabetes risk profile -- than the sudden spikes you get from eating quickly digested, low-fiber foods like white pasta, white bread, and sugary cookies. Warm up tonight with this lentil-rich recipe from dLife.com: Lentil and Sausage Soup.

Other Blood Sugar Stabilizers
> Whether you already have high blood sugar or are trying to avoid it, add these simple strategies to your steady-as-she-goes efforts:

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RealAge Benefits

Reducing your risk of diabetes by losing excess weight can make your RealAge half a year younger for each year you have tight control of blood sugar and blood pressure.

References

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why. Bowden, J., Gloucester, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2007.

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