After I gave this talk, one of the audience members told me that I had failed to explain WHY blood sugar control matters. Oops! I think the WHY is often the most important piece of information as it motivates us to take actions that we may not want to take. After all, changing how we eat isn’t always fun and usually isn’t easy.
So, if you’re not clear about WHY it’s important to keep your blood glucose levels under control by eating foods that don’t spike your blood sugar levels, here are the top reasons:
- Metabolism of glucose leads to toxic byproducts within the cells and, therefore, increases cellular aging and the need for antioxidants. This is likely the first reason that insulin resistance occurs… the cells are trying to protect themselves!
- Glucose crosses the blood-brain barrier and excess amounts can damage the brain leading to cognitive decline. This impact on brain functionality is why some people call Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes.
- Excess glucose molecules in the blood must get filtered by the kidneys and can damage the tiny capillaries in the kidneys. (FYI: Uncontrolled diabetes is one of the main causes of kidney disease.)
- Excess glucose molecules damage all of the tiny blood vessels in the body and changes the pressure within them, which is why uncontrolled diabetes leads to high blood pressure, vision issues and problems with nerves.
In short, insulin resistance is the body’s way of protecting the cells from toxic damage. But once too much glucose is in the body, we don’t have the mechanisms to prevent it from causing other damage in the brain, nerves and blood vessels.
I promise I’m not just trying to take away your treats and starchy carbs. I’m trying to help you protect your body from unnecessary damage!
If you want even more details about blood sugar control, you can read through the series that I posted previously which has more details.
If you want personalized help managing your blood glucose levels, contact me. Together we can figure out the best way of eating for your health, preferences and lifestyle.
P.S. Apologies that I practically walked off the screen during the video. I guess I need an actual camera person rather than a tripod to be sure I don’t mess up my videos! LOL!
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— National Kidney Foundation. Diabetes – A Major Risk Factor for Kidney Disease. In A to Z Health Guide. Accessed on April 18, 2017.
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