Common symptoms associated with high blood sugar are:
- Need for frequent urination
- Extreme hunger and/or thirst
- Blurring of the vision
- Fast heartbeat
- Extreme hunger
- Weakness and tiredness
- Poor diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Chronic stress
- Inadequate sleep
- Poor gut health
- Environmental toxins
- Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis imbalance
Below is a summary of some of my recommendations for controlling High Blood Sugar:
- Adjust Your Carbohydrate Intake - Since all carbohydrates (other than fiber) are ultimately broken down into sugar, a low-carbohydrate diet with no processed or refined sugar is a good starting point for people for both high and low blood sugar conditions.
- Reduce Your Body Fat - Originally thought to be strictly an organ of storage, fat tissue has been increasingly recognized as an endocrine organ: it synthesizes and releases hormones that influence whole-body metabolism. Therefore, simple measures to decrease fat mass can bring about dramatic improvements in blood sugar regulation.
- Intermittent Fasting - Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting and nonfasting. Several studies suggest that intermittent fasting improves blood sugar control and other indicators of metabolic function, reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, decreases seizures, protects brain cells, and promotes healthy brain function.
- Avoid Snacking - Snacking between meals can worsen blood sugar control in those with metabolic problems.
Below is a summary of some of my recommendations for controlling Low Blood Sugar:
- Eat Every Two to Three Hours - As a general rule, if you suffer from low blood sugar, you shouldn’t go more than three hours without having something to eat. Each meal or snack should contain at least some protein and/or fat, and you should never eat carbohydrates alone.
- Eat Within 30 Minutes of Waking Up - Many people with low blood sugar aren’t hungry when they first wake up and are the most likely to skip breakfast. Breakfast should contain a substantial amount (at least 30 grams) of protein (ie. 5 hard boiled eggs).
- Eat a Snack Before Bed - Many people with low blood sugar have trouble sleeping through the night. If this is true for you, I recommend that you have a snack just before bed (such as a handful of nuts).
- Correct HPA-axis Dysregulation - If you suffer from elevated Cortisol then your body suppresses the immune system, prevents tissue repair, and interferes with glucose metabolism. In these cases, balancing HPA axis function will often restore blood sugar control, in which case you may no longer need to follow the dietary recommendations above.
If you or a loved one suffer from blood glucose irregularities, it is important that you work with a trained doctor to help you to correct the cause and restore your health before you become another CDC statistic.