Most people with blood sugar imbalances don’t even know it and in fact twenty five percent of all diabetics are diagnosed accidentally during routine blood work. Aside from diabetes, blood sugar imbalances may also lead to hypoglycemia, , insulin resistance, obesity, infertility and other detrimental affects on your health.
So what does it mean when your blood sugar is out of whack? Normally, when you eat carbohydrates your body breaks them down into sugar, which is why sometimes after a carbohydrate dense snack you get a sugar high. Insulin is a hormone that our pancreas produces to help bring blood sugar into the cells to be used for metabolism and energy. The following is a list of a few common disorders associated with blood sugar imbalances:
- Type 1 Diabetes: In Type 1 Diabetes there is a failure of the pancreas to produce enough insulin. This leads to excess sugar in the blood and not enough sugar in the cells. This is why most type 1 diabetics need insulin therapy.
- Type 2 Diabetes: This form of diabetes can be due to a deficiency of insulin secretion, insulin action (when insulin can’t do it’s job properly) or the combination of the two.
- Hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance: This is when our cells stop taking in insulin due to insulin resistance, which causes the pancreas to produce excess insulin to compensate.
- Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is when blood sugar drops below normal and causes symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, nausea, weakness and irritability, which improve with eating.
The good news is, most blood sugar issues can be either prevented, reversed or tightly controlled. At Wholey Healing we offer several diagnostic tests to assess your blood sugar control and insulin function. We offer several food plans, recipes, nutrient and herbal support to help keep your blood sugar in check, and to help prevent blood sugar disorders in the future.
Blood Sugar Imbalances
Do you feel sluggish in the mornings? Need a stimulant such as coffee or sugary breakfast cereal to get you going? Do you get that mid-afternoon slump and reach for the chocolate bar? If so, it is highly likely that you have problems with your blood sugar balance.
Many of the clients Dr. Faler sees have problems with blood sugar balance, and yet not many understand the reasons behind it or how to manage their blood sugar levels.
Fluctuating blood sugar level are often a per-cursor to other more serious conditions, and dealing with these fluctuations is nearly always the first step on the road to recovery. All hormonal and chronic disease states have an element of blood sugar imbalance. By controlling your blood sugar levels well, you’ll have better mental and physical energy, less fatigue, less stress, less dependence on stimulants like coffee, cigarettes and sugar, find it easier to manage your weight, and less risk of diabetes, hormonal imbalance and heart disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism. The pancreas does not release enough insulin or the cells become insulin resistant.
Typically, an individual eats a meal and the food is broken down into glucose. The blood carries the glucose to the cells for energy. A hormone called insulin is used inside each cell to convert glucose into energy. The pancreas in diabetic patients is unable to produce enough insulin. Consequently, glucose in the blood increases, causing the cells to starve for energy.
The other scenario is that the cells in the liver, muscle, and fat may not be utilizing insulin appropriately in the body. When blood glucose levels remain high in the body, eventually over time complications can occur: kidney disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, neuropathy, and even amputations.
Below are some of the symptoms related to diabetes:
- Increased fatigue and exhaustion
- Excessive thirst
- Increased hunger
- Unusual weight loss or weight gain
- Frequent or increased urination (even up to every hour)
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Cuts, lesions, or sores that are not healing
- Yeast infections
- Itchy skin, especially in the groin or vaginal areaNausea (may have vomiting)
- Increased vaginal infections in women
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Approximately 3 in ten people have an impaired ability to keep their blood sugar levels even, do some of the symptoms below sound familiar to you?
- Fatigue or Low Energy
- Craving sweet foods
- Needing more than 8 hours sleep
- Excessive thirst
- Craving stimulants (tea or coffee)
- Rarely wide awake within 20 minutes of rising
- Need for tea, coffee, cigarettes or sweet foods to get you going in the morning
- Feeling drowsy during the day, especially after meals
- Avoiding exercise due to low energy levels
- Poor concentration
- Energy slump mid afternoon
- Poor digestion
- Aggressive outbursts
- Lack of sex drive.