Glucose is a measure of the sugar level in your blood. Glucose is the main source of energy for all of the cells in the body. The rate at which it is metabolized is controlled by insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. Low levels could indicate too much insulin in the blood. Elevated fasting glucose levels may be an early sign of diabetes. It is estimated that nearly 80 million Americans may be affected by insulin resistance syndrome, the precursor to diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot properly use or produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas to regulate blood sugar and the rate at which sugar is absorbed into cells. Hyperglycemia results when glucose is built up in the blood instead of being absorbed and used by the cells.
In order to maintain balanced glucose and insulin levels, it is important to maintain a balanced diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates and fruits, lean meats, healthy fats, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Consuming a high-fiber diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and water is helpful to unhealthy levels of fats and sugars in the blood. Avoid saturated fats, trans-fats, hydrogenated oils and simple sugars which can greatly increase the risk of getting diabetes. Enjoy healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, fish oil, almond oil and butter, avocado, nuts and seed oil (sesame, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin).
Obtain protein from vegetable sources like grains and legumes, low-fat dairy and fish. Ezekiel 4:9 bread is hearty, low-glycemic and has complete protein.
Avoid tobacco and soft drinks. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank more than 1 sugar-sweetened beverage per day were twice as likely to develop diabetes as those who did not. Diet soda is NOT a healthy alternative. Try stevia extract to sweeten beverages or foods in a healthy way that does not affect blood sugar.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) often results from over secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Reactive hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar drops from abnormally low 2-5 hours after eating. Fasting hypoglycemia may occur after abstaining from food for 8 or more hours. Hypoglycemia may be brought on by stress, heredity, thyroid, pituitary or adrenal disorders, kidney or liver disease, pancreatitis, immune deficiency, candidiasis, smoking and over consumption of caffeine.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia may include: fatigue, dizziness, heart palpitations, anxiety, nervousness, sugar cravings, confusion, night sweats, leg weakness, swollen feet, constant hunger, nervous habits, mental disturbances and insomnia.
Foods and natural supplements that have shown to be helpful in balancing blood sugar include:
Alpha lipoic acid
Glutathione (helps break down sugar into energy)
Fenugreek seeds reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol (brand Sugar-Down)
Cinnamon (supplemental not table spice)
Brewer’s yeast helps to stabilize blood sugar
Source: Coach Toria Lee, WellFit Affordable Health Solutions LLC
Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch