Eating too many sweets or permanently craving carbs? 

Both medical doctors and alternative healthcare practitioners came into the consensus that most of the health problems nowadays are derived from poor blood sugar management. Lifestyle and diet are the main culprits.

I am encountering this vicious cycle over and over again: overweight people ending up with diabetes and diabetics who cannot shed those extra pounds.

Eating too many sweets or permanently craving carbs? Large waist circumference? Increased thirst and urination? Headaches, dizziness or blurry vision?

You may have a blood sugar regulation issue. It may be hypoglycemia or even diabetes, which puts you at risk for heart, kidney and eye disease, as well as nerve and circulation damage.

I am encountering this vicious cycle over and over again: overweight people ending up with diabetes and diabetics who cannot shed those extra pounds.

A healthy body is able to maintain the blood sugar within the normal range. When the natural glucose-control mechanisms are disturbed, either diabetes or hypoglycemia may occur. A healthy body is able to maintain the blood sugar within the normal range. When the natural glucose-control mechanisms are disturbed, either diabetes or hypoglycemia may occur.

Many serious diseases start in your past. Nothing happens overnight, it takes years and years of unhealthy diet and bad habits before metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes or diabetes are diagnosed, sometimes about 20-25 years. Insulin resistance and hypoglycemia are precursors of diabetes.

Health problems connected to blood sugar dysregulation

• Obesity • High Blood Pressure• Diabetes• Hormonal imbalances• PCOS• Cardiovascular disease• Kidney disease• Eye disease• Neurological diseases• Fatigue• Liver disease• Osteoarthritis• Respiratory problems• Sleep apnea• Depression • Behaviour problems (ADD)• Cancers of colon, breast, endometrium • Food allergies• Weak immune system

Both medical doctors and alternative healthcare practitioners came into the consensus that most of the health problems nowadays are derived from poor blood sugar management. Lifestyle and diet are the main culprits.

Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause spikes of blood sugar and insulin, followed by their rapid drop and hypoglycemia.

Two food categories with no nutritional value responsible for blood sugar ups and downs

1. Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are not only wracking havoc in your blood sugar levels, but also are highly inflammatory. Carefully read labels of all products, not just of the sweet ones and make an informed choice. Sugar, hidden under over 50 names, is present in almost all processed or restaurant foods.

2. Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta or products made using white flour (crackers, cakes, cookies, pizza, waffles, etc.). Traditionally most bread products and pastries are made with flour from refined grains. In the process, the outer shell of the grain, the bran, along with the germ, are removed. What is left of the grain, the endosperm, stripped of most nutrients, is then transformed into white flour that is pure carbohydrate.

I strongly suggest limiting as much as possible or eliminate both these categories from your diet.

 

What to do for a better blood sugar management

  • Be aware of added sugar sources such as: ice cream, beverages, cookies, pastries, baked goods, processed food.
  • Increase intake of fresh and cooked vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, radish, spinach, kale, bell peppers, etc.)
  • Eat whole foods (packed with nutrients and fibre).
  • Include healthy proteins and fats (salmon, sardines, anchovies, nuts & seeds, avocadoes, olive oil).

Conclusion

Abnormally high or abnormally low blood sugar levels, if left unattended, can cause serious health conditions.

The good news

It is 100% possible to manage your blood sugar levels through diet and lifestyle changes.

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