Diabetes has long been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disorders. Researchers suggest that people with slightly elevated blood sugar should take steps to get it down to a healthy level. While exercising and healthy lifestyle may bring down the blood sugar levels, it is also the diet that matters. Here are some foods that may help regulate and maintain blood sugar levels.

1. Barley

Barley can help reduce your appetite as well as your blood sugar levels. You can also include whole grains like oats, brown rice and millets.

2. Nuts

Nuts contain unsaturated fats, proteins and a host of minerals and vitamins that lower cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance. Include a mix of 50 grams of nuts in your daily diet to control high blood sugar levels.

3. Fenugreek seeds

A teaspoon of fenugreek seeds turmeric powder and amla powder with warm water thrice a day to control high blood sugar levels. You can also soak fenugreek seeds soaked in water every morning.

4. Protein-rich foods

Proteins from eggs, meat, fish and chicken or vegetarian sources like dal, soy, besan, paneer, et al help control blood sugar levels. Studies have proven that proteins have a neutral effect on blood glucose levels.

Consult a doctor before switching to these foods.