You know you can’t judge a book by its cover, rather you need to read what’s inside to honestly judge. You also can’t judge your health by just looking in the mirror. Periodically, you need to monitor what’s happening inside. If you’re healthy, get your blood sugar levels (and other metabolic markers) checked a couple of times per year to make sure you stay that way. If you have any signs of a disrupted metabolism, or if you’re approaching the danger zone of fasted blood sugar (86mg/dL), do something now! With the right lifestyle and nutrition choices, you can turn things around quickly. If you put it off, there are a variety of other complications that may follow your failing control of blood sugar. (Also, if you just want to monitor your blood sugar levels, you can purchase a blood glucose monitor from most drugstores.)
Other than elevated triglycerides, which increase heart disease risk and a greater likelihood of storing unwanted body fat, what else can elevated blood sugar do to the body?
First, elevated blood sugar can increase the body’s rate of aging by developing AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. Without going into great detail, the sugar in the blood can cause amino acids, fatty acids or DNA to stick together and disrupt their ability to function properly. It sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? It is!
AGEs are thought to cause blood vessel damage, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, renal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle loss, bone loss, cataracts, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia and additional degenerative diseases.[i]
AGEs may also increase rates of oxidation. The best physical example of oxidation is when metal rusts. A certain amount of oxidation is natural, and an antioxidant-rich diet and exercise can help the body handle normal amounts of oxidation. However, AGEs may speed up the rate of oxidation in the body which could increase the risk of developing cancer.
What can be done to reduce blood sugar levels?
The most obvious choice you can make to reduce blood glucose levels is to stop loading your bloodstream with excessive carbohydrates. Organic, gluten-free cookies, sugar in low-fat yogurt, candy, pasta, beer, cereal, and potatoes. They all end up in the bloodstream as glucose. Some of those options are better than others, but they still end up in the bloodstream as glucose. Depending on how elevated one’s blood sugar levels are, reducing or eliminating many of those carbohydrate-rich foods may be appropriate.
I also recommend the use of supplements to help regulate blood sugar. I have put together a blood sugar supplement package that is easy and convenient. This blood sugar package has berberine & alpha lipoic acid in it and is packed full of all the vitamins and supplements you’ll need to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Thank you so much for tuning in! Blood Sugar is a very important topic for me and the people I help.
So if you have any questions… Please, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Dr. Kent S Lambrecht, Pharm.D., FAARM, ABAAHP
[i] Luevano-Contreras C, Chapman-Novakofski K. Dietary Advanced Glycation End Products and Aging. Nutrients. 2010;2:1247-1265