Julia Hanf recently sent me this article regarding these 5 warning signals of high blood sugar.
RED FLAG #1: Ready to Nap Right After a Big Meal?
This is a normal response to an influx of carbs (think of that post-
Thanksgiving dinner feeling). A diet that’s high in simple carbs
like sugar, white flour, and sweet beverages — especially when
consumed in large quantities at one sitting — overwhelms it.
RED FLAG #2: Craving Carbs
Find yourself reaching for quick-hit snacks like candy bars or chips?
Simple carbs such as sugars and white flour break down very quickly,
providing a fast hit of energy. Soon, however – this energy boost is
followed by a dramatic drop in blood sugar. The body is caught in
another wave of fatigue. So, before you know it, you’re reaching for
a pick-me-up guzzle of soda, another handful of chips, a second
cookie (or three).
What helps: Chromium may be the answer for those who have
intense cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods. When your blood sugar
is low, your appetite for sugars and starches is amplified. Chromium
helps stabilize blood sugar and diminish the desire for
RED FLAG #3: Being Overweight — and Unable to Lose Extra Pounds
Most diabetics carry excess weight, says Duke University’s Beth Reardon.
Stubborn weight loss despite best efforts can be the result of mixed
messages that our cells are receiving, Reardon says. “The cells are
starving because the fuel they need (in the form of glucose) is not being
absorbed at the insulin receptor site on the cell. In the face of a perceived
fuel shortage, the body will hold tightly onto existing stores
of energy — fat,” she says.
What helps: Gymnema Sylvestre is a potent weapon against obesity
due to its ability to regulate blood sugar, slowing the absorption of glucose
and supporting insulin sensitivity. When blood sugar levels are kept in
the normal range, hunger is kept at bay.
RED FLAG #4: Looking More Like an Apple Than a Pear
Weight gain is weight gain, and all of it risks moving you down the path
toward elevated blood sugar. But added pounds in one particular area –
the midsection — are especially associated with insulin resistance and diabetes .
For men, the danger point is considered to be a waist circumference
of 40 inches or more; for women, the dangerous measurement is a waist
of 35 inches or more.
What helps: Banaba is an essential addition to your diet if
you struggle with blood sugar imbalances or store weight around the
stomach and midsection. Insulin is known as the “fat storage” hormone
and Banaba allows the body to maintain healthy blood sugar
levels while producing less insulin.
RED FLAG #5: High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is linked to many different conditions. But insulin
resistance is a common cause when it appears in tandem with excess
weight gain (especially around the middle), fatigue, and other negative
numbers on a medical workup (abnormal cholesterol levels and high
triglycerides). The numbers to beware: blood pressure equal to or higher
than 130/85, an HDL “good” cholesterol level below 40 mg/Dl for men
and below 50 mg/Dl for women, and triglycerides of 150 mg/Dl.
What helps: Alpha Lipoic Acid supports optimal blood pressure by
making the blood vessels easier to stretch and expand, thus increasing
blood flow. Also remember that high blood sugar makes the blood cells
“stickier” causing the heart to work harder to pump this thickened blood
throughout the body.
Health Alert: Diabetes is fast reaching epidemic proportions. New statistics
released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that
cases of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. have gone up 90% since 1997. This
disease often goes undiagnosed for years. I hope these have helped you out.
Here is a bonus recipe for a healthy snack. FRUIT NUGGETS only 57 calories