Lisa, do you have an article about diabetes/ blood sugar tips on how to keep it level without spikes?
Yes, I do. Thank you for asking.
Blood sugar is also known as diabetes or diabetes mellitus (DM). Diabetes comes in several forms. Originally tested by either urinating outside or seeing if it would attract bugs or tasting it by a provider to see if it was sweet. It is now is tested by drawing blood from a fingertip or from the vein and processed. The fingertip sample will show the current blood sugar reading. A hemoglobin A1c is the blood test from the vein. Blood cells last 120 days in the body. This hemoglobin A1c test can tell a blood sugar total for the past three months.
Type 1 DM, it was originally Diabetes Mellitus was calledInsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM. Another nickname was juvenile diabetes.
Type 2 DM use to be called Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or NIDDM. Another nickname was the adult diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is the third type of diabetes. This when the mother has no prior history of diabetes and develops high levels of blood sugar or high levels of blood glucose during pregnancy.
The cause of diabetes can result from the body not making enough insulin in the pancreas or the body not figuring out how to use the insulin in the body right. This causes the body to be too thirsty, too hungry, and urinate a lot. Long term diabetes will cause problems with the heart, kidneys, skin break down, and problems with the eyes.
How do you prevent your blood sugar spikes with diabetes? Begin targeting in on carbohydrates will help. A carbohydrate has a complex relationship with the body. If it were on Facebook, you would see it is a sugar with a lot of issues that when it breaks down in the body can cause blood sugars to elevate. Lots of drama.
Now to deal with carbohydrates’ drama in the body, the key is to think of the body like a car. Not just a four door sedan but a sweet hot rod with a candy apple paint job on it. So here is this hot rod and it is all fueled up, engine revving waiting for the green light to come on, and peel out down the speed lane. The same is true for your body. When you put in too many carbohydrates in the body, you are fueled up and now you are revving your engine too. Your body begins breaking down the carbohydrates like guys at the Indianapolis 500 changing tires during a green flag. Your blood sugar spikes and your body shows the symptoms. You are miserable.
Now the goal is to then prevent the engine revving in the body when the carbohydrates break down. Begin with keeping a food diary. You can leave the Dear John part out, unless you are having symptoms of diarrhea or constipation, then you can target in on what might have upset your stomach. Write down all your food intake, amount of carbohydrates, type, amount or portion size, and even who make it. This is going to help you find out what is revving your engine and going to cause your engine block to bust a gasket.
First up how many carbohydrates are you taking in? Hundreds? Are you eating double, triple, quadruple serving sizes? Are you eating name brand processed foods? Your food diary is going to rat you out on what the problem is so be honest with yourself. It will help you pin point where you are having trouble. Be sure to keep it ongoing. It will help show you where you are making progress too. Like any diary, there is always the juicy part you want to read about.
Once you find your problem, you can then work on it. Begin by cutting back on the carbohydrates. Many diabetics find that a low carbohydrate diet with 30 to 50 carbohydrates helps and other find that a lower carbohydrates diet of under 30 helps keep the engine from revving. The nice side effect of eating lower carbohydrate meals is that you get to go shopping…for new clothes. So while the blood sugars are kept from spiking up and down like a roller coaster, they are maintained like speed bumps in a school zone. This keeps the blood sugars maintained and helps prevent the damage that can be caused by runaway blood sugar levels.
It takes a lot of work, consistency, and cutting back but you can keep the spikes in blood sugar from occurring. Other ways to help is to exercise routinely, such as daily walks, and avoiding highly processed foods with sugar in them. It is a lot of work to try a lot of things at once, so being with just a one or two changes, and then build on them. This way you can see if you are heading for the checker flag or into a pit stop area.
Meanwhile, be proud of your hot rod. Even the antique ones draw a lot of looks when the engine is clean.
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