by Karen Masterson Koch
Millions of people, both young and old, are cheating themselves of a fun and productive long life because of Blood Sugar Imbalance. Blood sugar (glucose) can run both high and low. Each has similar symptoms and causes, even though different parts of the body are involved. Both control the body’s energy output and functions including the brain and emotions. Feeling good demands a balanced blood sugar. You can control it!
Balanced Blood Sugar Support
- Daily Healthy Nutrition
- Supplements (as desired)
- Exercise & Water
Diabetes is the disease of High Blood Sugar (HBS) and insulin resistance. It leads to poor circulation in the body that, if not addressed, impacts quality and length of life. Statistics are skyrocketing with younger diagnosis. It is the ﬁfth leading cause of death, yet also a factor in the development of other diseases, to include: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney failure, neurological disease, traumatic amputations, and other metabolic imbalances like Metabolic X Syndrome (MXS), characterized by weight gain.
Hypoglycemia, on the other end of the spectrum, is Low Blood Sugar (LBS). Every year, thousands of emergency visits are diagnosed as Low Blood Sugar Hypoglycemia and increasing suicides are linked to LBS. Some cases are from diabetic patients who take too much medicine. However, the most common causes are alcohol and drug addiction, excess caffeine, mal-nutrition and food abuse, plus high stress.
Psychologist MD, Michael Lesser states, “Nine out of ten neurosis (mental illness) patients have Low Blood Sugar.” He has written at length about the importance of nutrition in his book, The Brain Chemistry Diet, 2002. Hypoglycemia can be a living hell. Not feeling good, inability to think, outburst of anger or aggressive behavior, crying, depression, even disorientation, are all part of the emotional roller coaster of LBS and body imbalance.
Thankfully both High and Low Blood Sugar can be brought back into a much healthier range, often without medication, by adding a few common sense steps: nutrition, supplements, exercise and daily hydration with water. Feeling good, again, is all about fueling the body with good nutrition, regardless of what ails you. Decreasing stress and increasing circulation by walking, running and movement the best you can is important. To speed the process, research supports taking some nutritional shortcuts that won’t conﬂict with medication and may even help to avoid them — what a bonus!
High Blood Sugar Facts
- The 2014 Center of Disease Control (CDC) statistics are up. One in eleven people, adults and children (10 to 20 yrs. of age), live with symptoms of pre-diabetes, or a diagnosis of Type I or Type II Diabetes. Blood Sugar Glucose levels are best in the 70 – 100 range with HbA1C below 5.7.
- Symptoms include fatigue, moodiness, non-quenchable thirst, frequent urination, always hungry, weight loss, blurred vision, loss of eyesight, tingling, numbness and pain in hands and feet, very dry skin, slow healing of wounds and sores, increased infections, stomach pains, nausea and potential unconsciousness (coma).
- Diabetes is both a deﬁciency and absence of the insulin hormone that is produced in the pancreas gland, designed to assist glucose into cells for energy. Secondary, insulin resistance may exist when insulin is sufﬁcient, yet the cells need more help to absorb the glucose into the cell to create energy. Glycogen stores are also a factor.
- Genetics has a factor in body health, especially in Type I Diabetes, often developing at birth or in the ﬁrst years of an infant’s life, requiring insulin medication. Type II was seen in older adults 40 yrs. and above, yet recent studies from the CDC show a tripling of cases from 1980 – 2009 and now effecting younger people.
- An autoimmune factor has also been studied in several countries called Latent Autoimmune Diabetes (LADA). This repeatable work has validated nutritional support as an important modality to lower the oxidative stress associated with inﬂammation to achieve immunity balance for body wellness.
Low Blood Sugar Facts
- Hypoglycemia involves the adrenal gland and occurs when blood sugar decreases to below normal levels of 70 – 150 glucose level. Also, check your...
- levels of HbA1C for HBS. Stored fat reserves called glycogen are also important and not always available when the body is requiring glucose, as in a fasting state.
- Symptoms include clumsiness, trouble-making, confusion, slow learning, loss of consciousness, seizures, or death. A feeling of hunger, sweating, shakiness and weakness may also be present.
Nutrition, Exercise & Water
Support Blood Sugar
American Diabetes Association trained Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, of Chicago, IL, states, “Breakfast is the most important meal of your day and is especially important for diabetics. It’s key to keep your carbs between 30 ‒ 45 grams daily with more protein foods, lean meats, eggs, ﬁsh, low fat Greek yogurt, cheddar and Swiss Chess, vegetables, nuts and seeds (raw), beans and fruits.”
Melissa continues, “Optimize digestion with smaller meals and healthier snacks. Spread your food throughout the day every few hours. Make sure to make Heart Healthy choices with lower sodium and fried foods, while increasing vegetables and fruits.” Excessive oils, as well as sugars, will cause your Blood Sugar to ﬂuctuate more.
- Exercise, as tolerated, at least 30 – 45 minutes daily helps circulation to stabilize blood sugar.
- The Mayo clinic suggests women drink two quarts of water daily and men three quarts.
Researches in multiple studies have found people living with diabetes mellitus tend to be very low in important nutrients to include antioxidants (Vitamin C and E), Phase II Enzymes (liver enzymes) and minerals. These may be sourced from vegetables, fruits or herbs. Poor digestion is another factor to consider if patients are eating a variety of good foods and still have failing health due to poor absorption.
Several trace minerals were found to play a factor in insulin metabolism, in particular, vanadium, chromium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese. A most signiﬁcant human study, conducted in Mahidol Medical University of Bangkok, India, reported in 2004 by Ken Jones, PhD, NNFA, concluded that using an oral treatment of Aloe Vera (abundant in minerals) with meals, plus an increase in dietary ﬁber (beans or low gluten grains), resulted in 3,000 diabetic heart patients reducing blood sugar levels over 60%, with many back to normal in 14 – 60 days. A signiﬁcant decline in triglycerides was also experienced (10). In 2012, published studies with Maitake SX-Fraction Mushrooms also showed favorable results in lowering blood glucose in animals and some individuals when taken with medication.
- Maitake SX-Fraction Mushroom
- Nopal Cactus
- Vitamin C & E
- GTF Chromium
Health begins in the kitchen. More and more people are visiting their local health food store to purchase tastier local produce and quality supplements. Give any new herb or supplement three months to judge its effectiveness, as a rule of thumb, for support.
Even though these supplements are not contra-indicated with medication, you may ﬁnd they will reduce the amount of medicine you need. Ancient traditional text mentioned Aloe Vera for blood sugar and digestion and it just may put the FUN back in your daily life with Healthy Energy — Enjoy!
[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]