Do you ever wonder why your energy peaks and crashes after a sweet treat, leaving you sluggish and unfocused and craving more? What if I told you that you shouldn’t consider this the norm? With sugar hidden in nearly everything and the standard diet consuming more sweet treats than ever, these symptoms are your body’s silent alarms of a much larger threat to your health. High blood sugar can be quietly undermining your vitality, inching you closer to chronic illness each day. You can begin to heal naturally and add years to your life. 

 

What Is High Blood Sugar and Why Should You Care?

High blood sugar, medically known as hyperglycemia, happens when your body cannot efficiently process and transport sugar (glucose) from your bloodstream into your cells. 

When you eat, your digestive system breaks down food into glucose, which enters your blood. Normally, your pancreas responds by producing insulin, a hormone that acts as a key, unlocking cells to allow glucose to enter and be used for energy. When you consistently consume high amounts of sugar, your body struggles to keep up with insulin production, which can lead to insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is a condition where your cells become less responsive to the insulin. This forces your pancreas to work harder and produce even more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. This cycle can cause glucose levels in your blood to rise, eventually causing persistent hyperglycemia. If this condition remains unmanaged, it can lead to type 2 diabetes and expose you to a higher risk of serious complications.

The symptoms—persistent tiredness, blurred vision, and frequent mood swings of anxiety, agitation, and depression—are not just inconvenient. They are your body’s way of signaling that your glucose levels are not being managed properly. Addressing these early signs can stabilize your blood sugar, prevent or heal disease progression, and allow you to live a life of abundant health and vitality! 

 

Understanding Type 1, Pre-Diabetes,  and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious health condition that manifests in two main forms: Type 1 and Type 2. Each has distinct causes and implications. There is also a stage known as pre-diabetes. While not full-blown diabetes yet, it shows your blood sugar levels are high enough to be dangerous. This stage is a critical warning, offering you the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that could divert the progression to Type 2 diabetes. Recognizing and understanding all these stages is important to be able to manage your health and heal before it becomes too late.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This means your body can’t produce the insulin it needs to allow glucose into cells. It leads to chronically high blood sugar levels. Those with Type 1 Diabetes will need to undergo insulin therapy

Unlike Type 1, Type 2 diabetes develops primarily due to insulin resistance. It is a lifestyle disease and diagnosis to how the body is treated. Over time, your body’s constant demand for insulin, spurred by chronic high glucose levels, causes your pancreas to lose its ability to produce sufficient insulin. This happens due to how our body is treated when it comes to choices around high stress management, sugar, and a diet that is rich in carbs and lower in protein and health fats. It’s not an autoimmune condition like Type 1. We have the most control over Pre-diabetes and Type 2. 

Each type of diabetes triggers different challenges in the body, but both greatly increase your risk for other health complications. By taking control now, you can dramatically alter the course of your health trajectory. When you coast through day by day without prioritizing your health, the silent threat of sugar becomes a very real problem. 

 

Long-term Consequences of Unmanaged Diabetes

When diabetes is not managed effectively, it can lead to devastating, long-term health consequences that eat away at your quality of life. Over time, when you ignore high blood sugar levels, you cause particularly widespread damage to your blood vessels and nerves

The excessive sugar in your bloodstream leads to vascular complications, affecting both large and small blood vessels. This can result in conditions such as heart disease and stroke. You may also experience issues like kidney disease, which stems from damaged vessels in your kidneys. 

Poor circulation caused by damaged blood vessels can also lead to problems in your extremities, particularly your feet. Sometimes this requires medical intervention for severe infections or even amputations.

Unmanaged diabetes can affect your eyes, a condition known as diabetic retinopathy, where high glucose levels damage the delicate blood vessels of the retina, causing blindness. 

Neuropathy, is another common result, causing deep chronic pain, tingling, and numbness that can be so severe that it is debilitating. 

If you think that it is hard to cut out sugar, I want to challenge you to think of how hard it would be to move through everyday life without your foot, without your vision, or any of these other serious afflictions. Suddenly, I bet curbing sugar doesn’t seem so bad… Every day that you work to stabilize your blood sugar is a step toward living in a body and life you love. 

Your health is your greatest asset, and only you can choose to invest in it for a healthier, happier future. 

 

Lifestyle Changes to Heal and Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Taking control of your lifestyle is a powerful step towards healing and balancing your blood sugar. It’s never too late to start, but the sooner the better! You get to wake up each and every morning and make the decision to show up for your health and transform your life. Here are some focus areas: 

Whole Food, Nutrient Rich Diet

Eating a diet rich in fiber, lean proteins, and healthy fats helps regulate blood sugar by slowing the absorption of sugars into your bloodstream. Focus on whole, unprocessed foods. These foods support healthy insulin levels and contribute to overall metabolic health, reducing spikes and crashes in blood sugar that can lead to insulin resistance.

Staying Hydrated

Proper hydration is essential for maintaining blood sugar balance. You need at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of quality filtered water each day. Water helps remove excess glucose through urine and keeps your blood circulation efficient. This is really important for transporting glucose and insulin where they are needed most. You need to be drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause blood sugar levels to concentrate and rise. Of course, it goes without saying that you should avoid sugary drinks that spike your blood sugar levels. 

Regular Physical Activity

Regular exercise helps lower blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity. This means your cells can better use available insulin to absorb glucose during and after activity. Aim to get your heart pumping and your heart rate elevated with a mix of aerobic exercise, like walking or cycling, and resistance training. This can further enhance your muscle’s ability to utilize glucose. This keeps your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Aim for choosing exercises you love so you can keep moving consistently!

Adequate Sleep

Quality sleep is a must! It is so impactful for your overall health, including your blood sugar control. Lack of sleep can disrupt important hormones that regulate appetite and blood sugar levels. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night to help maintain a healthy balance of these hormones, support metabolic health, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Need some help? You no longer have to worry about tossing and turning trying to get restful, restorative sleep. I can help! Click here to find out more. 

Stress Management

Stress elevates cortisol, a hormone that can really do some damage to your health if it stays too high.One of its impacts is blood sugar. Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, or gentle yoga can reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. You’ll get similar stress-busting effects from spending time outside in nature or taking up gardening. 

 

There is no better time to start taking care of yourself, than right now. Start healing naturally and claim vibrant health that allows you to fully love the life you live. Each decision you make can either lead you towards wellness or push you further into risk. You get to make the choice. Don’t wait for the wake-up call that comes in the form of a medical crisis. I hope you choose yourself. To wake up each morning filled with energy, clarity, and vitality!

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