Good Health Often Depends Upon the Right Balance
It's hard to go a day without hearing another warning about obesity and the growing number of people suffering with Type 2 diabetes. So much so, blood sugar has become a dirty word in many people's mind. The truth is your body must maintain its blood sugar levels to function properly, which can cause those with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) to experience more noticeable symptoms than those who suffer from high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). When your body's glucose levels are running low, your system automatically conserves its sugar supplies for the organs that require glucose to function properly, such as your brain, red blood cells and kidneys.
Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar
Generally speaking, your liver is in charge of your body's glucose reserves. It manages your available fuel by storing excess sugar for later or by manufacturing glycogen to meet the body's immediate demand. Listed below are telltale signs of a dropping glucose levels:
- Feelings of Anxiety
- Sleep Disturbance and Restlessness
- Mood Swings and Outbursts
- Shakes and Tremors
- Excessive Perspiration without Warning
- Light-Headedness or Wandering Thoughts
- Slurred Speech or Blurry Vision
Low blood sugar is a common occurrence among those who take insulin to manage their diabetes but poor eating habits can also lead to a decrease in blood-sugar levels. Left untreated, extremely low blood sugar levels can lead to the person passing out.
Symptoms of High Blood Sugar
From taking deep breaths to thinking deep thoughts, your brain and body depends upon blood sugar. However, too high of blood glucose levels can be a bad thing and may cause a pre-diabetic state or lead to Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that over one third of Americans live with elevated blood sugar levels. Common symptoms of high blood sugar are:
- Increased Urination
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Constantly Feeling Thirsty
- Chronic Feelings of Fatigue
- Strong Fruity Breath Odor
- Drowsiness or Trouble Waking Up
- Glassy or Blurred Vision
The good news is blood sugar levels are easily impacted by dietary changes and exercise. The bad news is glucose levels in the body can change suddenly when we eat the wrong things or adopt a sedentary lifestyle. A key is to focus on consuming more fiber, less sugar and fewer simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, rice and pasta. It is also important to ensure you have a little fat, fiber and protein at mealtime or with between-meal snacks.
Although the causes of high blood glucose can differ, pre-diabetic conditions are potentially reversible and more serious blood sugar issues can be more easilty managed by eating real foods. To learn more about proper supplementation and the importance of healing foods, contact the Metabolic Research Center. We've been helping clients restore their health and wellness for over 25 years.
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