Diabetes & Blood Sugar
A combination of metabolic reactions occur throughout the day in your body, helping regulate various life supporting processes. The maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels is one of the most vital processes, because glucose is basically the fuel that the brain and body uses. However, due to a number of factors, including hereditary, lifestyle related or otherwise, a normal and healthy balance in glucose levels is not attained. Over time, this will lead to diabetes.
Variation from Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
There are two main types of glucose-related health issues: hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia refers to a constant state of low glucose levels. People who suffer from hypoglycemia can manage their disorder by eating small amounts of foods high in sugar, such as fruit or chocolate, frequently throughout the day.
Hyperglycemia or diabetes as it is better known, is the opposite and occurs when there is a persistant high concentration of sugar levels in the blood. Diabetes is one of the most common ailments found in adults, especially in developed countries. There are a host of complications associated with diabetes. Studies have found that even heart disease and diabetes are related.
The diagnosis of diabetes involves drawing blood and measuring the amount of glucose present per unit. This may be done at a certified laboratory where a technician will provide a report with the results after several hours. Several hand-held devices are also available cheaply and can easily be used at home. These devices are also used for monitoring purposes by chronic patients. They will take measurements of your random glucose level and HBA1C level.
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
The American Diabetes Association has a good set of guidelines for healthy glucose levels. The guidelines take into account variations for different times of the day. The amount of glucose present in the body varies throughout the span of 24 hours depending on activity. For example, it is lowest just after waking in the morning as compared to after meals. There are 3 times when one may be tested:
1. Fasting: Upon waking up and before breakfast, the range should be between 80-120 mg/dL*.
2. Postprandial blood sugar: Measured 2 hours after a meal, a normal person should have maximum of 160 mg/dL.
3. Bedtime: When measured at the day’s end, levels should be between 100-140 mg/dL
How to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels Naturally?
Doctors normally recommend insulin shots for those who suffering diabetes. Generally speaking, people with hba1c levels above 6.5 are considered diabetic. For individuals with moderately high blood glucose, insulin or other drugs may do more harm than good by causing the body to adjust to higher insulin levels.
A more practical, healthier route would be to embark on a lifestyle change that involves diet and exercise, in addition to a variety of natural ingredients. Nature offers an abundance of sugar management herbs and botanicals. Cinnamon, Fenugreek and bitter melon are just some of the natural alternatives.
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