Taking medication to regulate your levels does not count!
One huge component of metabolic health is blood sugar balance, even for people that don’t have diabetes. Did you know that it is estimated that 80% of people who have prediabetes, don’t know it! Diabetes is diagnosed when a fasting blood sugar reaches 126 on 3 consecutive tests. So does that mean your fine if your blood sugars are at 125? Absolutely not. Our diagnostic tests for diabetes diagnose too late in the disease progression. We must be doing something way before the fasting blood sugars are above 100.When your blood sugars or (glucose) are out of range, that is a stress on the body. Your pancreas is overworked, insulin is constantly elevated and all of this sets off an inflammatory response. Inflammation communicates to the immune system that it is needed so the immune system sets off a firing of inflammatory compounds called cytokines. These cytokines can cause cellular damage and disease progression especially when the body is in a chronic state of inflammation. Every DISEASE BEGINS WITH INFLAMMATION.
Many components go into blood sugar regulation including the foods we eat, our stress levels, movement, and environmental factors. The most obvious is the sugar and carbohydrates we eat but it is actually quite complex.
I chose to look deeper into my blood sugars for the following reasons:
- To see if my diet was aligning with my goals
- To see how my body responds to my exercise regimen
- To see if my stress was affecting my blood sugars
- To see if I was in range for fat burn while I slept
Remember, this is for anyone looking to improve their metabolic health. Just because someone has a diagnosis doesn’t mean that you are free and clear of hyper or hyperglycemia.