Ok before we jump in let’s go over some basics about Managing Your Blood Sugar and Diabetes!
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps control blood sugar levels. We love insulin because it helps provide energy to cells.
Your body digests food and breaks it down. Carbohydrates are further broken down into glucose which is then absorbed into your bloodstream. A good majority of it gets used up right away but excess gets converted into glycogen or fatty acids.
Insulin becomes a problem when the body either doesn’t produce enough or isn’t used effectively. Again your pancreas may stop making it or your muscle, fat, and liver cells may not respond to insulin properly which can cause the pancreas to produce more insulin and over time this can lead to insulin resistance.
When this is left unmanaged it can lead to diabetes.
For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on type 2 diabetes which is when blood sugar (glucose) is elevated for a long period of time and again your body isn’t producing or properly using insulin.
- Being overweight
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- Genetics in some cases
Now we know diabetes is a serious condition but it impacts much more than our endocrine system. Diabetes also puts people at greater risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney issues and more.
How can you manage your blood sugar?
First and foremost eat whole foods with healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates that are a good source of fiber and avoid highly processed foods and high consumption of products that contain sugar.
Eating regular meals may also be helpful for you especially if you are also experiencing cortisol imbalances. This means eating within one hour of waking up, having blood sugar balancing snacks and foods with lots of veggies and protein and starch/carb of choice.
It’s important that you start to implement these changes at a young age. Even in the short term after skipping a meal you may notice you get “hangry” or light headed. This is also supportive of reproductive hormones and your digestion.
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