Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
If you have diabetes it is essential that you make attempts to lower your stress levels. Stress and diabetes are a dangerous combination since stress has been found to increase your glucose levels. Yet, everyone who has diabetes knows that the disease naturally lends itself to stress and worry. So, how can you alleviate your stress so you are not increasing your glucose levels? Here are a few suggestions.
Exercise is not only a great way to lose weight and increase your insulin sensitivity but also releases endorphins which have the ability to relieve pain, reduce stress and even help your immune system.
Depending on the recommendations from your physician you can choose anything from walking to aerobics to strength training. While getting started on an exercise regime can be difficult, if you set aside a set time each day and stick with it, after a week you will actually begin to look forward to it and should notice your stress levels lowering.
Meditation is another great way to reduce stress. When you meditate your heart rate decreases, your blood pressure normalizes, your immune functions improve, and you use oxygen more efficiently. It is a simple process which simply involves sitting in a relaxed position and letting your mind relax by concentrating on regular, deep breathing, Unlike exercise, which may not always be available when you need it, meditation is free and can be done anywhere by anyone.
Relieving yourself of stress is a vital element when it comes to regulating your glucose levels. Diabetes and stress are a vicious combination but with a bit of exercise or relaxation you can lower your stress and live a healthier life.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 9:32 am
While managing your glucose levels is vital when you have diabetes there are times when you may notice that it is too high. If you experience the symptoms of high blood sugar and need to lower blood sugar quickly there are two options that are incredibly successful.
The first option is exercise. Exercise is not only good for your heart and wellbeing but has been proven to help regular blood sugar and improve your body’s insulin sensitivity. If you need to lower blood sugar quickly the best option is to run or jog for 15 minutes. If this is not possible try jumping jacks or any other activity that can increase your heart rate and keep it elevated for at least 15 minutes. If you are wheel-chair bound try swinging your arms windmill style.
The second option is to drink 2 8 ounce glasses of water in quick succession then wait 5 minutes and drink another and urinate as soon as possible. Excess glucose stays in your blood and you can use the water to dilute the glucose in the blood. The excess will flow over into your bladder and leave your body when you urinate.
The best option is to maintain normal glucose levels on a continual basis. Unfortunately the best option doesn’t always happen. If you find the need to lower blood sugar quickly these two options should help. If they don’t you should contact your physician, especially if your levels are excessively high and you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 8:48 am
There are a variety of reasons why you may be checking your glucose levels. Perhaps you belong to a high risk group or your physician told you that you were borderline diabetic. Whatever the reason it is important to recognize what is a normal morning blood sugar level and what is not.
First of all, you want to test in the morning before you have anything to eat. This is known as a fasting blood glucose level. The fasting level should be 6 to 8 hours since the last time you have eaten. A normal range for morning blood sugar level is 70 – 100 mg/dl. Your morning blood sugar level should be the lowest level of the day since once you eat your body will be dealing with absorbing the glucose.
If you find that your glucose levels in the morning are higher than at other times of the day you may be experiencing what is known as the “dawn phenomenon” which describes the process your body goes through when it begins to wake up and release hormones.
It is vital to take copious notes of your glucose levels and what you eat and what medications you take and show these records to your physician so any spikes or trends can be addressed.
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 7:54 am
Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar) is truly nature’s gift to diabetics. A climbing plant native to India, gymnema has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits yet one of its primary uses is to control blood glucose levels. Gurmar, translated as “sugar destroyer”, has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels through increasing production of insulin, slowing absorption of glucose into the blood, as well as increasing the activity of glucose through the use of enzymes. This is pretty fantastic news for diabetics however this is not all that gymnema can do.
A common side effect of diabetes is high cholesterol and here Gymnema Sylvestre can help as well. Studies found that Gymnema Sylvestre interferes with absorption of fats leading to an overall lowering of triglyceride, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
Finally Gymnema Sylvestre has been proven to be effective as a weight loss tool. An extract from the leaf of the plant has been found to interfere with our taste buds ability to taste sweets which has led to people cutting back on them. This is definitely an effective way to reduce our weight.
In Gymnema Sylvestre we have the perfect trifecta for diabetes. Diabetes, cholesterol and weight issues all dealt with with a single herbal supplement. How much more could anyone wish for?
Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 10:56 am
Many people who are trying to lose weight and eat healthier have jumped on the artificial sweetener bandwagon. Unfortunately one of the leading top sellers in the sugar substitute category is aspartame, a product that has been approved by the FDA but still manages be the leading culprit in a whole mess of illnesses. People who have suffered from aspartame side effects claim they have chemical poisoning yet the FDA claims it is completely safe.
Aspartame is found in a whole host of foods including breath mints, diet soda, cereal, gum, flavored water, maple syrup, sugar free jello, and juice. Basically, if you are trying to watch your weight and eat a lot of reduced fat or “sugar-free” foods you are probably getting a pretty high dose of formaldehyde.
Wait a minute, you may be thinking, where does formaldehyde come into it? Well, when you ingest aspartame the product will warm to your body temperature of 98 degrees. Yet, at 86 degrees aspartame converts to formaldehyde. Yes, the chemical that is used to embalm corpses.
Side effects of aspartame include abdominal pain, headaches, frequent thirst, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, weight gain, irritability and emotional instability, muscle cramps, shortness of breath, and seizures. If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you stop using any products that contain aspartame immediately.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 2:36 pm
If you listen closely enough you will hear your body speak to you. Normally this is done through aches and pains but in nearly every situation your body is telling you when something is wrong. The key is to listen. If you are feeling tired, have tingling or numbness in your hands or feet, are experiencing muscle cramps, moodiness, or a change in vision you may have high blood sugar symptoms and these are signs from your body that something is wrong.
When you eat food your body converts it into sugar which is then pushed into the cells of your body by the hormone insulin where it can be used as energy. This is the ideal situation. However, when the insulin isn’t able to do its job properly the cells don’t receive the sugar they need to create the energy your body needs to work efficiently. This is when your body will start sending you signals that something is wrong and you need to correct it immediately.
Unfortunately most people don’t listen to their body or ignore the signs which allow the blood sugar levels to rise to dangerous levels. When blood sugar levels rise above normal and stay there for prolonged periods of time you are putting your body at risk for several other problems including heart attack, stroke, and even nerve damage.
Listening to your body is essential. Taking time out from your busy schedule to check out why you are going to the bathroom every 20 minutes or why your mouth is always so dry can literally save your life. These symptoms, and the ones mentioned above, are only a few of the many signs that your body will give you to let you know that there is something wrong. Listen to your body, it can save your life.
Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 7:47 am
Diabetes risk factors include a variety of environmental factors that are under your control including weight, diet, and level of activity. However there are a variety of risk factors that you have no control over such as genetic influence, ethnicity and age. The good news is that even those areas that are out of your control can be influenced by your diet, exercise level and weight.
Obesity is the number one cause of type 2 diabetes. This is due to a poor diet and lack of routine exercise. If you have a family history of diabetes and want to reduce your diabetes risk factor it is essential that you maintain a healthy weight level. The best way to do this is eat a diet that is rich in vegetables and fish and low in starches which turn into sugar as soon as they enter your digestive system and can make absorbing the sugar into your cells more difficult. Exercise is also essential to maintain a healthy weight. However you may not know that exercise is also key for other reasons such as increasing stimulation of the pancreas which increases insulin production which in turn stimulates absorption and helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.
As I mentioned above, the risk factors that are out of our control include age, ethnicity and family history. While it is not understood why certain ethnic groups are more likely to develop diabetes it is certain that if you take control over those areas that I have mentioned (diet, exercise, and weight) you reduce your risk exponentially. The same goes for age. As we age we tend to become more sedentary and consume a diet that is high in starches. Therefore it is recommended that after the age of 45 you are tested yearly, especially if you are in a high risk category (family history or ethnicity).
Regardless of your family history and ethnicity you do have a certain amount of control over this disease. Maintain a proper weight, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly and you will increase your odds of ever getting this horrific disease.