Blood Sugar Regulation: Addressing Diabetes & Hypoglycemia
Are you concerned about Type 2 Diabetes or Hypoglycemia? These serious medical concerns are strongly linked to diet, weight and lifestyle. Blood sugar is a measure of the levels of energy providing glucose and more minor sugars in the bloodstream. This parameter is one of the most critical for proper body function, responsible for maintaining organ systems and providing energy. However, blood sugar can easily fall out of range, leading to a wide range of problems.
Blood sugar is influenced by a combination of dietary and environmental factors. Sugar levels are ultimately controlled by a negative feedback loop based, self-stabilizing body system that involves essential regulatory hormones released by the pancreas. Insulin lowers blood sugar when levels rise too high, while Glucagon serves to raise blood sugars when they drop too low.
Glucose is fuel, and provides the necessary energy required for the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Sufficient levels of glucose are transported throughout the body to all the cells, where they keep the machinery of multiple body systems and their cells running in proper condition. Glucose is especially important to maintaining the health of the nervous system. Insufficient blood sugar levels may cause a virtual "computer crash" in the brain cells with dizziness and a general lack of focus, mental clarity and coordination.
On the flip side, overly high blood sugar levels may result from excessive sugar intake or an imbalanced diet. It is important to remember that all refined carbohydrates, even those that are gluten free convert into sugar and may cause temporary spikes in blood sugar. Without exercise, fat buildup occurs from excessive sugar intake and inadequate exercise. The Mayo Clinic notes that even a 5 to 7 percent reduction in body fat may produce noticeable improvements in blood sugar regulation.
In the long run, high blood sugar overstresses the body and may lead to nervous system damage and numerous medical complications resulting from Type 2 Diabetes, where the ability to properly regulate blood sugar is lost. Serious complications including disability and death may even result from diabetes related blood sugar imbalances. According to a Harvard University article, Type 2 Diabetes is becoming an epidemic. 24 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes, while 25 percent remain unaware of their condition. Diabetes related costs in the US through 2007 reached 160 billion!
Blood sugar depends on a thermostat like system. By ensuring proper exercise, limiting your emotional and physical stress through a focus on empowerment and recharge time and healthy eating, you can help reduce your metabolic body burdens. A diet rich in vegetables, whole grains and proper oils may prove helpful, with reduced sugar and refined carbohydrates intake. Recommendations published by Harvard University's School of Public Health note that 9 out of 10 cases of diabetes are preventable, with excess weight and a poor diet largely to blame.
By not abusing your pancreas and hormones through constant "overdoses" of dietary sugar, insufficient exercise or constantly allowing blood sugar to drop, you will be healthier in the short run and better able to avoid the development of health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes. You may want to consider your liquid diet and reduce sugary drinks or straight fruit juice intake in favor of more herbal teas, vegetable juices and whole fruit with pulp.
In addition to healthy lifestyle and dietary practices, there are natural health care supplements and herbal products that may be recommended to support healthy glucose regulation. Glucoreg addresses blood sugar on multiple levels. This product aims to address chromium deficiency, a known cause of high blood sugar. Fenugreek supports digestion, while Nopal and Bitter Melon are support liver and pancreas health. GTF Chromium contains trace levels of Chromium and may work with insulin to keep your blood sugars in the normal range either way.
P-14 contains a rich mixture of traditional herbs ranging from White Oak bark and Cedar berries to Marshmallow. This herbal formulation may assist the pancreas and your natural insulin production to reduce high blood sugar. As digestion and metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins is a key underlying factor in blood sugar regulation, you may want to consider Garden Essence, which assists in digesting these compounds.
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