Your body makes glucose out of food to fuel your cells
but that doesn’t mean that glucose is always good. In fact, having too much of it
is one of our biggest health threats.
The problem is, we eat too many simple carbs. These trigger the release of insulin
to tell the cells to absorb the extra glucose. Otherwise, sugar levels in the blood
get too high, which the body — and especially the brain — can’t tolerate.
But over time, the cells stop listening to all that insulin. This is known as insulin
resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. One third of Americans are predicted
to develop type 2 diabetes, and the health consequences of that are terrible.
But there are other negative effects of imbalanced insulin metabolism. Weight gain,
hormonal imbalance, high blood pressure, PCOS, mood swings — it’s a long list.
While conventional doctors test blood sugar levels during annual exams, they often
wait until you are teetering on the threshold of diabetes before they give you the
heads up. But insulin metabolism is a key aspect of good health. The sooner you
start paying attention to it, the better you’ll feel — and look.
Lots of factors are at play when it comes to healthy blood sugar, but you have control
over most of them. Growing evidence shows that type 2 diabetes, along with insulin
resistance, can often be reversed through diet and exercise.
So don’t wait for another day to go by before you start taking care of your blood
sugar balance. We can help you find the right information, diet and lifestyle guidance,
and supplements that can bring it all together for you.
Why not take that first step toward better insulin metabolism right now?
Featured articles on blood sugar
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What is insulin resistance?
Reviewed by Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. Insulin resistance occurs when your body no
longer uses insulin effectively to manage the amount of sugar that you’re taking
in from carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and cookies. Understanding how insulin
works can help you stay healthy.
How to avoid insulin
resistance, reviewed by Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. Women with insulin
resistance are at greater risk for a long list of health issues. You can avoid insulin
resistance by choosing the right foods and making good lifestyle choices. Find out
what you can do to help ensure that you stay healthy.
Types of sugar
in carbohydrates. Sugar hides in all kinds of foods. This chart
will help you understand all the different kinds of sugars contained in carbohydrates.
How to regulate insulin using the 4 food groups. For good, natural
insulin regulation, it’s important to choose foods from all four food groups. See
what foods to avoid and how to build your diet out of lean protein, healthy fats,
complex carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber.
5 days without sugar.
This little diary shows how one woman tries to go 5 days without eating sugar or
sweets. It’s funny and real and gives you several great options for sugar-free treats.
5 days on a low-carb diet.
One of the best diet decisions you can make is to reduce the amount of simple carbs
you eat every day. Read this diary from one of our Advisors who tracked her progress
when she tried to cut down on non-nutritious options by adding more complex carbs
to her meals.
How to stop sugar cravings.
Reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD. You may feel powerless when it comes to intense
sugar cravings but they have real, physiological causes, including hormonal fluctuations
and chronic stress. Understanding more can help you stop your cravings, lose weight
and get healthy.