Monitoring Blood Sugar is not Just for Diabetics
and It Could Save Your Life
The Scoop: What’s blood sugar all about?
When we eat a big ol’ meal, our blood sugar does it up big too.
But for most of us, our bodies can bring that blood sugar level back to normal in a few hours with no problem.
Others, like people with untreated diabetes, have blood sugar levels that stay high for much longer than is considered safe.
Because of this most doctors agreed that it was only those affected by diabetes needed to worry about this whole blood sugar thing.
But (there’s always a but)…
Research has now shown that high blood sugar after meals can, over time, damage the body, even if it never causes diabetes.
What does that mean?
It’s no longer just diabetics that need to start paying attention to blood sugar, it’s pretty much EVERYONE.
This is a concern even if you consider yourself thin and healthy, and especially if you don’t get much exercise or carry a little spare weight around the midsection. (so you know, basically everyone)
Am I really talking about you?
You know that big ol’ meal full of starchy and sugary foods you just ate? The meal with white rice, potato, baguette, noodles, pop, orn and donuts? That food goes down to your stomach and gets converted into GLUCOSE. It then becomes energy for your muscles and brain.
That doesn’t sound so bad right? But then…
Your body is like “WOAH!! too much glucose for me” and calls out to the pancreas to make some insulin. Your Pancreas says “don’t worry, I got you my friend” and starts pumping out enough insulin for the whole neighborhood.
That blood sugar is Low, Low, Low, Low, Low. Too low.
Maybe lower than before you ate.
You’re getting sleepy. (Feeling hypnotized yet?)
You’re dragging your feet.
You may even get a headache.
You act like a chicken. (ok, no, the hypnotizing didn’t work)
Your body notices this and starts pumping out the hormones to raise blood sugar levels and fats (the kind that could trigger a heart attack). Then your brain triggers to tell you that you’re hungry and now, even after two plates of spaghetti, you are eyeballing that birthday cake Diana put in the breakroom.
Now you’re eating cake, your blood sugar spikes and…
The cycle continues.
So what do you do??
- First you need to get off that roller coaster. Not only does this seesaw attribute to feeling fatigued, weight gain and heart attacks, studies have also shown that it can possibly lead to even bigger issues like Colon, Rectal, Breast, Endometrial, Prostate, and Pancreatic cancers.
Read more about the studies HERE
- Choose low GI (Glycemic Index) foods. Food with a low GI won’t spike your blood sugar levels sending them into a spiral of chaos. The kinder your meals are to your blood sugar, the kinder they are to your body, heart, and midsection.
- Get out and do something OFTEN. Go for a walk, get a work out in, take the stairs, whatever you can do to KEEP ACTIVE!
- Be Proactive. Include supplements in your diet to assist in keeping your blood sugar levels even-keeled and balanced. The right supplements can help with associated symptoms as well as digestion.
Long before diabetes, high blood sugar levels are bad news affecting our memories, increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s, cancers, heart attacks, and just overall feeling of “bleh” (clinical term of course)
On the flipside, paying attention to your blood sugar levels, the foods you choose, and supplementation, can keep you mentally sharp, full of energy, and decrease the risk for a host of medical concerns.
Use these simple steps for worry free health.