Apr. 10.

BEWARE 5 RED FLAGS OF HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

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

carbohydrate-laden foods.

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

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