Manage Your Blood Sugar
A normal, healthy body is amazingly efficient at keeping our blood sugar levels within a normal range. Carbohydrate foods such as bread, rice, fruit, pasta, muffins, cakes and candy are broken down into glucose for cells to use for energy. Glucose is critical for body function as it is the preferred source of fuel for the brain. Glucose not needed for immediate energy is either stored as glycogen in muscles and the liver for energy between meals and during exercise, or it is converted into fat and stored longer term.
Even with these mechanisms in place, food choices play a significant role in maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance throughout the day. When blood glucose gets low, you become tired and/or hungry and often crave high-sugar foods for quick energy. As a result of eating foods high in sugar, blood glucose levels increase to a high level and the pancreas responds by secreting more insulin, which brings blood glucose back down by converting much of the excess glucose to stored body fat. Eating foods that convert to glucose quickly such as candy and desserts may lead to a never-ending cycle of tiredness, fat storage, hunger, and then overeating.
Is your blood sugar elevated?
If you’ve learned that your blood sugar levels indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes, take action and seek out education and support. Self-management through monitoring blood sugar levels, diet, and physical activity is highly effective for preventing the progression of diabetes and related health complications. The timing, quality and quantity of foods you eat has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels.
Depending on where you are starting from, it may take as little as a few weeks to balance your blood sugar with your dietary changes. Schedule a nutrition consultation today to discover the best strategies to promote optimum blood sugar levels and improve your health.