Factors That Boost Blood Glucose Levels Besides Food

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By Jeremy Lim

diabeteswordIf you have high blood sugar, you absolutely must alter your diet to manage the disease. It’s not optional. Sadly, many diabetics are non-compliant and choose to eat whatever they wish, to the detriment of their own health. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. If you care about your life, stick to your prescribed diet. But, also consider making these important lifestyle changes.

Watch Medications

Some medications can negatively affect your blood sugar, so make sure you’re telling your doctor everything about your medical history and any drugs you’re taking. Even if you don’t think your drug has the side-effects that would account for odd glucose readings, mention it anyway. Some side-effects aren’t common, so they’re not listed as prominently.

Take It Easy With Caffeine

Caffeine affects diabetics differently than non-diabetics. And, even within the community of diabetics, not everyone reacts the same to it. Caffeine can raise blood sugar in some, especially if you tend to put sugar in your coffee. In others, it lowers blood sugar. When in doubt, test your blood. It will tell you everything you need to know.

Exercise

Exercise is almost universally beneficial for diabetics, helping them to stabilize their blood sugar levels. In general, exercise will lower blood sugar, but you should always test before and after a workout, and watch the amount of insulin you take prior to heavy weightlifting or aerobics. Speaking of which, you should include both aerobics and weight-bearing activities in your exercise routine.

Illness Affect Blood Sugar Too

Getting sick can throw off normal blood sugar readings. Generally, illness raises blood sugar levels, but not always. So, don’t go pumping yourself full of insulin. Always check first and confirm. And, every illness can bring different blood sugar readings.

Stress

womanIt shouldn’t be a surprise that stress can negatively affect blood sugar levels. Both physical and emotional stress can influence blood sugar. It can go in either direction, but that direction is usually up.

Reducing stress can also help keep your blood sugar under control, so try to find outlets for stress if you live a hectic lifestyle. Even going to a day spa once a month, getting regular massages, and chilling out with an epsom salt bath a few times a week can really help you manage your stress levels.

An infrared heat lamp can also be very calming, as can infrared saunas, hot tubs, and even regular sunbathing. Or, doing something as simple as reading or playing video games could do the trick. Experiment with different methods and find out what works best for you.

Obesity

It’s more difficult to control your weight when you have diabetes. However, you should do everything you can to maintain a normal weight because excess body fat contributes to high or hard-to-control blood sugar levels. Usually, dietary changes will include maintaining a low-carb diet, while exercising should consist of both weight-bearing and aerobic fitness.

– Jeremy Lim has been involved in the family health field for some time now. When he gets some free time, he likes to sit down and write about his experiences in an effort to help others. For more information on blood glucose levels view the glucometer at OneTouch.

Sugar And Type 2 Diabetes

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obeseeatingFrom Your Health Journal…..A really great article and Q & A from one of my favorite writers, Nanci Hellmich of USA Today on the Detroit Free Press web site entitled Sugar availability linked to type 2 diabetes. I had to promote this article, as I feel it is very informative, educational, and well written. A recent study examined sugar and type 2 diabetes rates in 175 countries including the USA over the past decade and found that increased sugar availability in the food supply was associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes. Please don’t read this and say “no kidding, isn’t that obvious.” The important finding from this study suggests that for every additional 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda) available per person per day, the incidence of type 2 diabetes rose by 1%. Does this mean it is a ’cause and effect’ – but nevertheless, it is an important finding. With obesity on the rise all over the world, type 2 diabetes is growing in many populations. Type 2 diabetes in most cases is environmental due to poor eating habits and less physical activity. For many, simply getting extra exercise, eating healthy portions – causing weight loss can result the elimination of type 2 diabetes. I encourage all of you to visit the Detroit Free Press web site (link provided below) to read the complete article and Q & A.”

From the article…..

Sugar is under the microscope again.

A recent study looked at sugar and type 2 diabetes rates in 175 countries including the USA over the past 10 years and found that increased sugar availability in the food supply was associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes.

The research showed that for every additional 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda) available per person per day, the incidence of type 2 diabetes rose by 1%. Although the study doesn’t directly prove cause and effect, it has raised new concerns about sugar.

Almost 26 million U.S. adults and children have diabetes. In diabetes, the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or it doesn’t use it properly. Insulin helps glucose (sugar) get into cells, where it is used for energy. If there’s an insulin problem, sugar builds up in the blood, damaging nerves and blood vessels.

USA Today talked to the study’s lead author, Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Prevention Research Center. He’s a medical doctor and a statistician. The study was conducted while Basu was a medical resident at the University of California-San Francisco.

We also talked to endocrinologist Elizabeth Seaquist, president-elect of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

To read the full article…..Click here

Type 1 Diabetes Cured In Dogs

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diabetesglucoseExciting news has been published this week by Diabetes, the most important journal on the disease. Researchers from the Universitat Autonomica de Barcelona (UAB) have shown for the first time that it is possible to cure Type 1 Diabetes in large animals with gene therapy. Two diabetic dogs were treated with a single session of gene therapy, and completely recovered their health and no longer show any signs of the disease.

Gene therapy is a new way of treating disease that uses DNA as a pharmaceutical agent. An injection of modified genes are injected into the patient, and the DNA modifies or supplements the patient’s genes so as to better fight off any given disease. Gene therapy can be used to encode a functional gene that helps a cell fight off disease, correct mutations, or create a therapeutic protein drug.

The researchers at UAB led by Fatima Bosch achieved their results with only one round of injections to the dog’s rear legs. These injections introduced gene therapy vectors that accomplished two things: they expressed an insulin gene, and they activated glucokinase. Glucokinase is an enzyme that controls how much glucose is taken out of the blood stream, and when both of these new genes act together, they work as a ‘glucose detector’, which helps control the glucose levels in the blood and thus reducing hypoglycemia.

diabeteswordThe dogs were treated over four years ago, and since that single round of treatments have shown consistently better health than other dogs that were given frequent insulin shots to help control their diabetes. They showed good glucose levels at all times, even after meals or during fasts, and improved their weight and developed no secondary complications.

This is the first study to be successfully run on a large mammal, though excellent results were achieved before with mice. The success that the UAB team has achieved with dogs opens the doors to developing gene therapy techniques for veterinary medicine, and eventually into treating diabetic human patients. This revolutionary achievement opens high expectations that gene therapy may prove to be the best solution to our burgeoning diabetes crisis, and the fact that only one session was needed also speaks to both the efficacy of the treatment and its permanent benefits.

Phil Tucker is a health and fitness blogger. He’s looking to feel younger as he gets older – check out his webpage to learn more, or read his blog!