by Dr. Amanda Childress, PharmD
The Basics of Diabetes and Blood Sugar Problems
The term blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose (sugar) circulating in your bloodstream. The sugar in your blood stream comes primarily from the consumption of sugar and other carbohydrates like grain products – bread, pasta, and rice.
Several abnormalities can occur with how the body directs sugar in the body. Some of these abnormalities are called pre-diabetes, diabetes, and hypoglycemia.
How does it start?
In a normally functioning body, the digestive hormone insulin directs the glucose in the bloodstream. The pancreas excretes insulin in response to the consumption of carbohydrates. By consuming excessive amounts of carbohydrates over time, the pancreas can become unable to continue to output enough insulin, or the body’s tissues become resistant to insulin, and insulin becomes ineffective. Over time this can develop into diabetes.
Hypoglycemia is a state where blood sugar is too low. It often happens when too much sugar and carbohydrates are eaten all at once. This spikes the amount of sugar in the blood up quickly. Later, the blood sugar goes down too far. At this point, you feel tired, cranky and have pain. You crave more sugar, caffeine or tobacco if depending on your habits. Over time hypoglycemia often turns into diabetes.
When should I see a nutrition response testing practitioner?
At the first sign of blood sugar issues, you should come to the NHCAA. If caught early enough, most cases of blood sugar issues reverse through the appropriate low carb diet without the need for medications such as Metformin.
Other symptoms of blood sugar problems are shakiness between meals, brain fog, confusion, excessive sweating, frequent urination, fatigue and abdominal weight gain.
How will the Nutritional Healing Center handle my blood sugar?
The NHCAA practitioners are skilled at guiding you to the correct dietary changes and supplements for healthy blood sugar levels. Blood sugar problems are conditions created by poor nutritional choices and must be treated through the appropriate nutrition for your body. Contact us to learn more about our holistic treatment for diabetes in Ann Arbor and to find out more relevant facts on diabetes.
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Video with Dr. Darren Schmidt on controlling insulin.