Tuesday, Sep 25th

LATEST:
You are here: Supplements Health & Beauty Blood Sugar!

Best_of_2015_587x57_Results

Blood Sugar!

medicine_img_7208_1_-_CopyHow It Works and How To Control It

Blood sugar is measured as the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. At the doctor's office, they often measure this level fasting, but people with both Type I and Type II Diabetes measure it throughout the day. One can't talk about blood sugar without Insulin. Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas in relation to how much sugar, or glucose, was in your meal. Insulin fits like a key in a lock to open the cell and allows the glucose in the blood stream into the cell. .

Controlling blood sugar and insulin release can have lasting effects on your health throughout your life. Not only will you prevent Type II Diabetes, but you will maintain brain health, prevent damage to blood vessels and maintain a healthy weight. Controlling blood sugar and an excessive release of insulin has to do with how much glucose is in your meal, or the glycemic index of each food. Glycemic index is the amount of insulin released in your blood after a certain food is ingested. It is on a scale from 1-100, with 100 being the largest release of insulin. For example, a glycemic index of 100 would be pure glucose. Pure glucose is usually only obtained from a doctor's office for testing purposes. Other high glycemic index foods include white potato, white rice, baguette, and other starchy products. As you can see, "sugar" does not have to mean table sugar or what you find in sodas, but can be used interchangeably with starchy carbohydrates.

The high-sugar foods are broken down and a large amount of glucose is released into the blood before the insulin can take effect. These high-glycemic foods cause the pancreas to release an abundance of insulin. Once the insulin unlocks the cell, the sugar moves from the blood into the cells, decreasing actual blood sugar. But, when too much insulin is released, as with high glycemic foods, too many receptors are unlocked and it causes a rush of the glucose into the cell. Now, too many receptors have been opened, and too much glucose has gone into the cell, resulting in very low blood sugar all over again. Think of when you eat a candy bar, and how energetic you may feel right away, but in about an hour, you feel very sleepy and lethargic. This phenomenon is due to the large insulin swings induced by eating high sugar and high-glycemic index foods. In Type II Diabetes, insulin has been secreted at such a high level for so long, that the insulin receptors on the cell become habituated and actually begin to shut off. The receptors essentially have been flooded with insulin their entire lives, and become too tired to work anymore. Therefore, in Type II Diabetics, you still release insulin, but your cells can no longer uptake the sugar from the blood. This phenomenon leaves the blood sugar consistently high. On the other hand, Type I Diabetics cannot secrete insulin from the pancreas and therefore have to inject themselves with insulin before meals.

Some swing of blood sugar throughout the day is completely normal. But, what happens is that people tend to swing both above and below the accepted range for normal blood sugar. Good blood sugar levels should fluctuate ideally between 80 and 140 throughout the day. Fasting blood sugar, when you wake up, should be between 80 and 100. After a meal, it may go up to 140, and then after 3-4 hours you may find yourself hungry and your blood sugar would be closer to 100. If your blood sugar is going over 160 at any time you are doing damage to your red blood cells and brain. Your red blood cells glycosylate, or add a glucose molecule to the cell, at blood sugar levels over 160. This "glycosylated hemoglobin", measured as Hemoglobin A1C levels on a blood test, acts as a sharp shard of glass roaming throughout your body. This sharp glycosylated hemoglobin can knick the insides of bloods vessels and nerves in small spaces. This is why many Type II Diabetics begin to have nerve damage and loss of feeling in their feet or hands.

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day is an important, but simple, lasting health practice that you can do almost always on your own in your daily life. It is not necessary to have a glucometer to measure your blood sugar throughout the day, if you do not have diabetes. If you do have diabetes, it is even more important to begin to learn the kinds of foods and drinks that put your body in the dangerous swing zone of insulin and blood sugar. Medication will not always work on its own, it is vital to learn how foods affect your body and insulin. With Type II Diabetes, some of the insulin receptors have stopped working, but they will begin to function properly if they are no longer bombarded with constant high amounts of insulin. Knowing simple dietary precautions can arm you with an effective arsenal of information to prevent many chronic degenerative diseases, as well as effectively manage a diabetes diagnosis.

Marigot (Maggie) Vreeland D.C.

Image
St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
Image
SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
Image
Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
Image
Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
Image
Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
Image
Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
Image
Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
Image
Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
Image
Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
Image
Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
Image
Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
Image
Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
Image
RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
Image
Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
Image
Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
Image
Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
Image
Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
Image
ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
Image
Saturday Oct. 17, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Image
Friday Oct. 16, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...