Blood Sugar Gone Wild

It’s amazing how critical functions are occurring in your body that go largely unnoticed as you go about your daily routine!  The delicate balance of just one ingredient, blood sugar (glucose), makes all the difference between life and death. Too little and you get the shakes, tank in energy and may faint; too much and you could kick the bucket!  Today blood sugar imbalances leading to chronic diseases are reaching epidemic proportions.

What is diabetes?   A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood glucose.

Type 2 diabetes: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose).

Gestational diabetes: A form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.

Prediabetes:  A condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes: A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed1.  

Healthcare costs for diabetes are horrific stats as these figures continue to rise. Total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012: $245 billion:  $176 billion for direct medical costs $69 billion in reduced productivity. A 2015 study showed that almost 50% of Americans have some form of blood sugar impairment.

There’s SO MUCH you can do if you have a blood sugar problem; this begins with being informed.  The rewards are well worth any adjustments and well within your reach. Testimonies of patients healing their own diabetes through diet and exercise alone abound!

Simple carbohydrates3 when consumed alone spike glucose levels fast, and all carbs are not equal. Get to know the glycemic index of the foods you eat.  The #1 Killer and the thing you MUST eliminate in your diet if you are pre-diabetic, diabetic or have metabolic syndrome is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  Since the 1970’s Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, but is also about 20% sweeter than table sugar. USDA guidelines are we are not supposed to eat more than 8 teaspoons of added sugars per day, but instead are consuming 302!

Make sure you read those tiny print labels on packaged foods when shopping; HFCS is hiding everywhere!  Here’s a List for no HFCS prepared foods.

References

  1. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
  2. http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/210677/eib33_reportsummary_1_.pdf
  3. http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_understand_foods/carbs_versus.html

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