Diabetes

Sugar and diabetesOver 70% of Americans are overweight, the highest percentage of any Anglo nation and a sign in individuals of the onset of metabolic syndrome. In addition, 25% of thin people have insulin resistance, the cornerstone of metabolic syndrome. Based on these numbers, more that 65% of American adults either have or are at risk of metabolic syndrome.

The definition of diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association is, “two fasting blood tests with a blood glucose level of 127 or highter.”  100 to 126 is termed “pre-diabetes” or insulin resistance and anything below 85 is hypo-glycemia.  Your IDEAL blood sugar or blood glucose level should be 85 to 99.  A reading below 85 would be termed hypoglycemia and a reading above 99 would be termed hyperglycemia.  This is called dysglycemia and is a stepping stone to diabetes.

Diabetes is becoming so prevalent in the United States that authorities are predicting that it may bankrupt the healthcare system.  Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level repeatedly drops too low in response to high carbohydrate foods.  Refined sugar is a good example of high carbohydrate food.  Hypoglycemia can also be a result of going too long without eating: and too many Americans are skipping breakfast.  If your blood sugar is below 85, it is important that you eat every two to three hours.  You should have breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and a light snack before bedtime.  The snack can be vegetables, fruit, nuts, and/or seeds but it SHOULD be something healthy.

Insulin resistance is high blood sugar that hasn’t yet reached the point of diabetes.  It is called “pre-diabetes” and is a result of the cells becoming resistant to insulin, so that glucose

Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive:  FUEL and ACTIVATION.

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The fuels are oxygen and glucose.  Glucose travels in the blood stream until it is turned into triglycerides for fat storage.  This is why it is important to monitor triglycerides as well as glucose.  The process of turning glucose into triglycerides demands an increased amount of energy causing you to feel tired after eating.  Eating a high carbohydrate diet filled with white bread, pasta, and refined sugars makes it nearly impossible for you to keep your blood sugar level stable.  If you feel sleepy or you crave sugar after eating, you know you just ate way too many carbohydrates.  If you feel sleepy after a low or no carbohydrate meal, you are most likely insulin resistant.  Your adrenal glands monitor sugar and release cortisol when blood sugar levels are low.  Your adrenal blood sugar levels can never get back into normal levels.  This is why we have to do all the tests!cannot enter the cell to make energy.  The problem?  You NEED glucose in your cells to make energy.  It is a vital, important part of life.