Fighting Diabetes: Maintaining a Normal Blood Sugar Level Naturally
By Robert L Pugh
Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (or sugar) levels in the blood are too high. Many conditions exist that cause high blood glucose levels. The first has to do with the pancreas, which is an important endocrine organ, and the second is a condition known as insulin-resistance. These are the two main causes of diabetes.
The first condition is the pancreas’s inability to secrete enough insulin into the blood stream. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose go from the bloodstream in the body’s cells to be converted into energy. Insulin-resistance is the second most common cause of diabetes. Insulin-resistance occurs primarily in type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset-diabetes). This condition occurs when the body’s cells are resistant to the glucose-lowering effects of insulin. Low insulin levels or insulin resistance results in high blood glucose levels and/or diabetes.
Untreated high blood sugar levels will cause short-term effects and long-term complications. Short term blood sugar elevation will cause tiredness, weakness, thirstiness, and frequent urination, and can cause increased susceptibility to infections and blurred vision. This poses an increased risk of falls in the elderly due to the possibility of dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, and can result in devastating hip fractures.
Long term high blood glucose levels can result in chronic complications of untreated diabetes such as retinopathy (eye disease) that can lead to blindness, kidney disease (leading to kidney failure), nerve disease such as neuropathy (leading to limb amputation), heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Diabetes is an ever increasing epidemic resulting from a poor American diet, high in processed sugars, processed wheat products, and saturated fats. In 1915, the national average of sugar consumption (per year) was around 15 to 20 pounds per person. Today the average person consumes his/her weight in processed sugar, in addition to over 20 pounds of corn syrup.
The human body is not designed to consume this large amount of refined sugars. The vital organs in the body are actually damaged by this gross intake of sugar. Likewise, the teeth are affected and they lose their components until decay occurs and hastens their loss.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States (8.3% of the population) have diabetes, 18.8 million people diagnosed, 7 million people undiagnosed, and 79 million people are pre-diabetic, which means left untreated most will become diabetic in their lifetime. In 2010 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older.
Other risk factors for diabetes include:
- Age greater than 45 years
- Diabetes during a previous pregnancy
- Excess body weight (especially around the waist)
- Family history of diabetes
- Given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- HDL cholesterol under 35 mg/dL
- High blood levels of triglycerides, a type of fat molecule (250 mg/dL or more)
- High blood pressure (greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg)
- Impaired glucose tolerance
- Low activity level (exercising less than 3 times a week)
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
A condition called acanthosis nigricans, which causes dark, thickened skin around the neck or armpits.
Persons from certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans, have a higher risk for diabetes.
Maintaining a normal blood sugar level is crucial for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and everyone else at risk of developing diabetes. A simple change to your diet is your primary weapon against this deadly debilitating disease.
Your liver produces some glucose; the remaining glucose results from breaking down the carbohydrates you eat. After a meal, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood stream as blood glucose rises, which helps the body’s cells absorb the glucose where it can be used as energy.
Normally your pancreas produces enough insulin to keep up with the glucose level in your blood; however, if you have diabetes, you may not produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes), or the body’s cells might not respond to the insulin produced (type 2 diabetes), resulting in too much glucose building up in the blood stream.
So how do you control the amount of glucose build up in your blood stream? Your primary weapon against excess glucose is your diet. A diet low in simple carbohydrates (refined sugars, corn syrups, etc.) and with an emphasis on complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and low in fat and calories is ideal.
While this is the ideal diet for almost everyone, including non-diabetic individuals, sometimes it’s hard to adhere to a diet of any kind. So, how do you maintain a health blood glucose level if you stray from your diet? There are several all-natural products on the market that can help keep your blood glucose levels from spiking during and after a meal. GlycoTrol,
Botanic Choice Sugar Equilibrium II, and Trunature CinSulin are just a few of the all-natural supplements that will help keep your blood glucose at a normal level.
The bottom line is this: eating a healthy diet full of fiber-rich foods, healthy carbohydrates, “good fats”, and heart healthy fish, while avoiding foods high in processed sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium will give you the greatest hopes of controlling your blood glucose levels, but when you need that extra boost to maintain healthy levels GlycoTrol,
Botanic Choice Sugar Equilibrium II, and Trunature CinSulin may help give you that extra edge.
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