When you consider the great increase of prediabetes, diabetes and metabolic syndrome it is very important the we maintain normal blood sugar levels. When people develop insulin resistance it can be very challenging to maintain normal blood sugar levels. If we fail to maintain healthy blood sugar levels it can lead to many health issues which can potentially be very dangerous to our health.
The Underlying Problem
We need to understand the importance of leptin. “Glucose homeostasis is closely regulated not only by insulin, but also by leptin. Both hormones act centrally, regulating food intake and adiposity in humans.” (1) Your fat cells produce the leptin which is a hormone. “One of its primary roles is to regulate your appetite and body weight. It tells your brain when to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop eating, which is why it’s called the “satiety hormone.” It also tells your brain what to do with the energy it has.” (2)
How to Maintain Normal Blood Sugar
Eat right: This is essential to managing your blood sugar, preventing diabetes or dealing with it if you already have it. You want low processed food and an anti-inflammatory diet. You need good protein foods, healthy fats and high fiber foods. Organic and non-GMO food is best and use natural sweeteners.
Read labels: There are certain things like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that you want to avoid at all costs. You want to avoid trans-fats and learn what the bad ingredients are and buy better quality food.
Exercise: Helps manage blood sugar in the short term by helping cells in your muscles use more glucose for energy and tissue repair which lowers blood sugar in the process. In the long term it makes cells more responsive to insulin and it helps prevent resistance. (3)
Dealing with stress: The problem with excessive stress is that it can cause blood sugar levels to rise due to an increase of cortisol which is known as the stress hormone. Stress can also impair sound thinking, and tempt one to eat compulsively which usually leads to poor food choices. (4) Exercise, inspirational reading, walking in peaceful settling like a park (without your cell phone) are all great ways to help reduce stress.
Proper sleep: It is important to sleep 7 to 9 hours a night. A lack of sleep can raise our appetite and stress hormones like ghrelin and cortisol which will make you hungry.
You can keep your blood sugar under control. A healthy diet, exercise, proper sleep and a some quality supplements can be helpful. Your health is important and we need to be proactive in order to achieve optimal health.