The average person consumes too many carbs and sugars in their diet resulting in a roller coaster ride for our blood sugar levels and changing moods and energy levels. Most people don't worry about their blood sugar levels unless they have diabetes but monitoring blood sugar is important as type 2 diabetes just doesn't happen overnight, it appears after years of inconsistent blood sugar levels. This inconsistency leads to a host of health issues before you even get to diabetes and complications from diabetes are serious risk factors to longevity.
Some of the problems that result from elevated blood sugar are:
1. Nutrient Deficiencies - prevents the small intestine from absorbing nutrients such as vitamin C, D, calcium, magnesium, and chromium.
2. Energy High and Lows - high sugar foods lead to a surge of energy and then a crash. Often people use more sugar or carbs to" keep going" and an endless roller coaster ride ensues.
3. Weakens Blood Vessels and Organs - hardening of the arteries is caused by sugar which causes inflammation. Lack of oxygen and blood flow due to hardened blood vessels result in compromised organs, heart disease, eye sight issues and amputations.
4. Brain Strain -sugar consumption has been linked to brain fog, dementia, Alzheimer's, impaired cognitive ability, depression and mental health disorders.
5. Hormone Imbalances - everything we consume influences our hormones and the glands that are producing them such as the pituitary and thyroid glands.
6. Adrenal Gland Destruction - high blood sugar leads to chronically high cortisol levels putting us in a constant state of stress.
7. Fatty Liver - the liver performs 500 functions, and sugar regulation is a main function. Liver disease is rampant in our society due to high carb food, processed foods and toxins.
8. Pancreatic Stress - resulting in an inability of the pancreas to make insulin.
9. Hypoglycemia - when blood sugar levels drop resulting in fatigue, jittery feeling, trouble sleeping, mood disorders and infertility.
10. Hyperglycemia - excessive sugar intake leads to extremely high blood sugar.
11. Prediabetes - insulin resistance comes with many of the complications of diabetes such as weight gain, fatigue, slow healing, joint pain, thyroid problems and much more.
12. Metabolic Syndrome - when cells are unresponsive to insulin resulting in a host of health conditions such as heart disease. Usually diagnosed by excess belly fat.
type 1 and 2 diabetes have become a major health crisis. High blood sugar levels interrupt all functions in our bodies including endocrine function, immune function, cardiovascular function and our ability to detoxify. Therefore, management of sugar levels are vital to our survival. Aside from cutting sugar out of our diet and incorporating a low carbohydrate diet, we can also add foods that aid in blood sugar regulation. Each food contains vitamins or minerals which aid in blood sugar regulation, act as insulins would, or play a role in hormone activity.
Adding these foods into your diet is a positive step to regulating your blood sugar. Taking supplements such as chromium, or cinnamon, reducing stress levels, being in the parasympathetic nervous state for part of your day and getting a good nights sleep are also important.
I hope you now understand the importance of avoiding diabetes and all its complications. Take action now and you will reap the benefits into your old age.
Susanne Jakubowski is a holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, and cancer survivor.