Diabetics and Hypoglycemic Sufferers: Learn What Blood Sugar Is and How To Balance It Naturally With Diet Treatments!!!!
Blood sugar or glucose is our bodies’ fuel system. It is created from the diet we eat to provide our bodies and brain with energy. After a meal, our body responds to a rise in blood sugar by secreting insulin, which is made in the pancreas. Insulin lowers blood sugar or glucose, by increasing the rate that glucose is taken up by cells throughout the body. Declines in blood sugar, which occur during food deprivation or exercise, cause the release of glucagons. Glucagon stimulates the release of glucose stored in body tissues as glycogen. If blood sugar levels fall sharply or if a person is under stress, it may result in the release of epinephrine (adrenalin) and corticosteroids (cortisol) by the adrenal glands. These hormones provide a quicker breakdown of stored glucose for extra energy during a crisis or increased need.
Obesity, Diet, Blood Sugar, and Type II Diabetes
Obesity and diet are strongly linked to blood sugar disturbances because in obesity, there is a decreased sensitivity to insulin. When the body isn’t responding to insulin, blood sugar, created from the diet we eat, remains high and can cause excessive weight gain even without overeating. Obesity precedes 90% of adult onset diabetes. Some signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus include excess urination, hunger, fatigue, weight gain, vaginal itching, visual changes, poor wound healing, hyperpigmented skin tags, and chronic candida. Diet factors like lack of fiber, high sugar intake, too much iron or free radicals can also contribute to the exhaustion and destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, leading to Type II diabetes.
Under the circumstances of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, fat tends to accumulate in the truncal region. Salt and water are stored at a greater rate, food cravings increase, acne and polycystic ovaries increase. Blood vessels are narrowed, cholesterol production increases in the liver, atherosclerosis and plaques increase, and blood pressure and increased blood lipid levels, which is referred to as “Syndrome X”.
Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar peeks and insulin decreases blood sugar levels to lower levels than the body would like. This can also happen in the early morning or when someone hasn’t eaten their diet or exercises hard. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include headaches, foggy thinking, extreme fatigue, especially a few hours after eating, shakiness, sweats, irritability, fear/panic attacks, dizziness upon standing, angina, extreme hunger, crying spells, anger fits and heart palpitations. Typically, people with hypoglycemia feel better with food.
Ways to counteract blood sugar dysregulation with diet treatments:
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals, at least every three hours, balanced in protein/complex carbohydrates/healthy fats.
- Avoid simple sugars, saturated/hydrogenated fats, and starchy vegetables.
- Include protein with each meal and aim for at least 20 grams at breakfast.
- Eat plenty of fiber to decrease rapid rises in bloods sugar. Legumes, oat bran, Nut, seeds, psyllium seed husks, pears, apples, and most vegetables are high in fiber and should be consumed with every meal.
- Dietary supplements can be helpful especially chromium or glucose tolerance factor (GTF). Chromium helps insulin sensitivity, allowing glucose to be transported in and out of cells more easily.
- If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night due to hunger, eat a balanced complex carbohydrate/protein snack before bed.
Start exercising. Exercise improves many aspects of glucose metabolism, including enhancing insulin sensitivity, improving glucose tolerance in existing diabetics, and increasing tissue chromium concentrations. People with blood sugar issues should try to get some form of exercise daily..
If your looking for information about diet and natural remedies for diabetes call Dr. Robert at 201.618.3534.
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