Why does your sink overflow?
Is your drain clogged, or won’t your faucet turn off?
Dr. Brian Mowll discusses balancing blood sugar.
High Blood Sugar Risk Factors
- Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes,
- A woman with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS),
- Are African-American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander,
- Are overweight or obese, especially around the middle (belly fat),
- Have high triglycerides, low HDL, and high LDL, or total cholesterol over 300,
- Don’t exercise
- Are 45 years or older, and
- Eat a high carbohydrate diet.
You should do BLOOD SUGAR SELF-TESTING at home or
be tested by a doctor for pre-diabetes if you meet any of the criteria above and you:
- Had an abnormal blood sugar reading in the past,
- Have heart disease, and
- Show signs of insulin resistance.
Given the information above, if your health insurance does not cover glucose meters, I recommend you spend about $30 and buy an inexpensive, but dependable, ReliOn Micro meter and a few test strips (Walmart or Amazon), or the FreeStyle Precision Neo (click here) blood glucose monitoring system.
Test your blood sugars in the morning, after waking (fasting 9 hours), as well as one and two hours post meals.
Is your drain clogged, or won’t your faucet turn off?
Clogged Drain Theory: glucose (blood sugar) uptake into your cells is clogged or impaired (insulin resistant) because of too much intra-muscular fat (obesity). Insulin resistant muscles fail to absorb blood sugar, which results in high glucose levels in the blood stream.
Open Faucet Theory: if your liver is like an open faucet, unable to stop glucose output, it results in increased blood sugar circulation, even when you don’t need it. Ever wonder why your fasting blood sugar is high in the morning, when you haven’t eaten for 9 hours? It’s called the dawn phenomena–your liver, or open faucet, is defective or insulin resistant.
Either way, clogged drain or open faucet, the overflow of blood sugar in your system makes for a mess in your body. If you want to unplug the drain during the day, or control your blood sugar, limit your carbohydrate intake. If it’s your faucet, or insulin resistant liver, eating more sugar or carbs will only add fuel to the fire. It would be like aiming a fire hose into your already overflowing sink, or using a flame-thrower to fight a house fire.
Carbohydrate Intake and Elevated Blood Sugar
Carbohydrates (carbs) are a direct source of blood sugar. Therefore, restricting carbs, especially simple sugars and refined starches, leads to better blood sugar levels. Studies using carbohydrate-restricted diets consistently show better blood sugar levels, both in healthy individuals, but especially in type-2 diabetics.
If your glucose remains elevated, even after limiting carb intake,
Your Pancreas May Not be Producing Enough Insulin
Other Contributing Factors for Elevated Blood Sugars:
- Vitamin and Mineral deficiency,
- Lack of sleep,
- Intense exercise, and for some,
- Protein consumption.
What to EAT Every Day — Keep It Simple:
Until your blood sugar stabilizes:
- Organic meats,
- Organic Eggs,
- Organic Leafy green vegetables,
- Repeat: Non-starchy, green vegetables,
- Butter, Olive Oil, and
- Coconut oil.
What Eating Keto Does to Your Blood Sugar
The Case Against Veganism
“Vegan Betrayal: Love, lies, and hunger in a plants-only world,” delves deep into the history and science of veganism, revealing many often ignored facts about this strictly plant-based diet.
A vegetarian diet that includes some animal foods in the form of eggs, dairy and fish, makes for a healthy balanced diet that supplies all the critical nutrients your body needs for optimal health. An estimated 6 million Americans are vegans, which is typically considered to be a healthy choice. However, there are drawbacks to strict veganism that need careful consideration.” Dr. Mercola
What NOT to Eat, Every Day to Control Your Blood Sugar
Sugars – soft drinks, fruit juices, cookies, cakes, fruit roll ups, sweet tea.
Starches – potatoes, beans and rice are high in starches—
one potato or 1 cup of rice exceeds 30 grams of carbs.
Grains – especially wheat (gluten) in ANY form!
Flour, pasta, breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereals, corn, rice, etc., etc.
Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Oils – including corn and all vegetable oils.
Milk – AVOID ALL MILK. Raw, pasteurized, low fat, full fat… Most milk is in high in carbs.
Legumes – including beans, but especially peanuts.
They are high in carbs and toxic because of fungal contamination.
High Carb Fruits – avoid grapes, bananas, pineapple, pears, apples and other sweet fruits.
High Carb Vegetables – avoid yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beans and parsnips.
Diet: Fat or Carbs?
The prevailing dietary advice from modern medicine over the past few decades has been to reduce fat intake and replace calories with carbohydrates without recognizing that carbohydrates turn to sugar in the body.
“Bread should be recognized as a concentrated sugar with a higher glycemic index than sugar itself.”
Results for diabetics who adopt a high-fat diet, published in the journal of Practical Diabetes, were called “astonishing” – with average weight loss of almost 20 lbs., and only 2 of 19 patients had an abnormal hemoglobin A1c, a measure of long-term blood sugar control. Simultaneously, blood pressure improved. Elevated liver enzymes fell dramatically, total cholesterol on average fell from 212 to 181, and more remarkably, 7 of 19 patients no longer needed medication.
“Carbohydrate intake is the single biggest factor in blood sugar levels and therefore the need for medication.” By following current GOVERNMENT dietary guidelines “we are essentially recommending that they eat exactly what’s causing their problem.”
- Even a modest reduction in carbohydrate intake (from 53% to 33%) has been shown to reduce weight and insulin levels. [Journal Diabetes Complications Sept 2015]
- Carbohydrate reduction accounts for 71% of the reduction in blood glucose achieved by short-time fasting. [Metabolism Feb 2015]
What if your glucose drops too low:
If you experience hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, you’re dealing with that culprit glucose again. Only this time the levels are too low, around 60 to 70 mg/dl.
Low blood sugar is common in persons with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes using insulin therapy and drugs. Most cases are mild and not considered medical emergencies. Effects can range from feelings of unease, sweating, trembling, and increased appetite in mild cases. Hypoglycemia may also be caused by insufficient intake of food, or too much exercise or alcohol. Usually, the condition is manageable. Mild hypoglycemia is common among people with Type 2 diabetes, and severe episodes are rare, even among those taking insulin. Still, all patients who intensively control blood sugar levels with diabetic medications, should be conscious and aware of warning signs. Mild cases are self-treated by eating or drinking something high in sugar. And mild cases do not necessarily cause symptoms in all patients.
Hypoglycemia can occur:
- If you don’t eat for long periods of time, or
- If you exercise too strenuously, or
- If you eat too many carbs/sugars, or
- If you take too much medication or insulin.
Your body does everything possible to maintain a normal, steady flow of glucose (fuel for the body), but when there isn’t enough, your brain senses that and immediately sends messages into your body to make you uncomfortable, and then if you are not paying attention–miserable. An episode of low blood sugar caused by medications or insulin therapy can come on quickly, sometimes within 5 to 10 minutes, because insulin is injected directly into your body.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia are similar to those of a panic attack:
- Trouble thinking and speaking, and
- Possibly intense hunger.
For type 1 diabetics they often find it difficult or near impossible to exercise or participate in sports because strenuous exercise can trigger dangerous hypoglycemia episodes than can result in quick death or coma.
With type 2 diabetics, who eat a lot of carbs, blood sugar can go up like the space shuttle, at which time the pancreas sometimes cranks out too much insulin and overshoots its mark by trying to bring down your high glucose levels. The high dose of insulin can often result in hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
This can also be an early warning sign for pre-diabetics–that they might be headed for diabetes. Even if someone doesn’t progress to diabetes, reactive hypoglycemia can be a sign of insulin resistance, where the pancreas is secreting excessive insulin, driving blood sugar too low. Insulin resistance, with or without diabetes, can also be an advanced warning for heart disease.
If you feel your blood sugar dropping too quickly, consume 15 to 20 grams of simple carbohydrates. Recheck your glucose level after 15 minutes. If it’s still low, eat another 15 to 20 g of simple carbs. Good sources of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemia include:
- Glucose tablets
- Glucose gel
- Fruit juices
- Sugar, honey, or corn syrup
- Hard candies, jelly beans, or gumdrops
The goal of treatment for hypoglycemia is to get your blood sugar level back up to the normal range. If hypoglycemia isn’t promptly treated, it may result in life-threatening complications such as seizures or coma, or even death.
Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements & Juicing
The problem with elevated blood sugar, it has a strong diuretic action (frequent urination) which results in loss of nutrients. Yet replacement of lost nutrients is often not considered with traditional blood sugar or diabetic therapy. The best way for you to get important minerals is by eating a healthy diet that is rich in dark green, leafy vegetables. But sometimes that may not be enough.
While there are many herbal supplements that may help control blood sugar (among them cinnamon, and resveratrol), it is important to first supplement with lost essential nutrients–vitamins and minerals. Start with a good multi-mineral and vitamin supplement, with extra magnesium, because over 68% of the U.S. population and 80% of type 2 diabetics are magnesium deficient!!
- MAGNESIUM: A diabetic’s ability to control blood sugar levels is closely tied to their magnesium levels, as the mineral plays an important role in insulin receptor cells. A study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism found that taking oral magnesium supplements helps individuals who have become insulin resistant avoid developing type 2 diabetes. Magnesium can have a strong laxative effect, you may want to try using transdermal magnesium therapy by Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion. Use transdermal magnesium oil (1-2 oz on the skin) or magnesium flakes in a daily bath or foot bath for 2-3 months—unless you have reduced kidney function, then precautions must be taken to prevent too much accumulation in your system. In one study, 51% percent of patients improved their blood glucose levels taking just 382 mg of supplemental magnesium (over 4-months), compared to just 7% taking a placebo
[Diabetic Metabolism June 2015].
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- ZINC: Low blood levels of zinc are associated with higher blood sugar (glucose) and greater insulin resistance. [Diabetes Metabolism April 20, 2015]
- THIAMIN (Vitamin B1): Diabetics are typically thiamin deficient. [International Journal Clinical Practice June 2011] In one study 100 milligrams of thiamin taken 3 times a day resulted in a significant decrease in blood sugar (glucose).
- VITAMIN C: Diabetics have at least a 30% lower circulating vitamin C blood concentration than healthy adults. [Nutrition Reviews July 1996] Supplemental vitamin C helps to reduce fasting blood sugar levels and long-term blood sugar levels (hemoglobin A1c) and normalizes vitamin C levels which are typically low among diabetics.
- VITAMIN D: In a 6-month study, 4000 units of vitamin D given to 30 diabetic patients significantly reduced their insulin levels and long-term blood sugar control (hemoglobin A1c).
In summary, minerals are absolutely essential to blood sugar health and insulin sensitivity. Rather than taking single minerals, you may want to take a single supplement with various minerals in it. There are several high quality formulas available: Dr. Dave’s Magic Minerals and Jarrow Formula’s Mineral Balance.
While many herbals supplements may help control diabetic blood sugar,
4 Stand Out and Should be Considered:
- RESVERATROL: In a study of adults with diabetes and fatty liver disease, resveratrol supplementation reduced insulin resistance, blood sugar (glucose) and lowered abnormally elevated liver enzymes. [Digestion Liver Disease March 2015] However, regular resveratrol has a very low rate of absorption in the body—75% of it leaves through urine and feces. Whatever does get absorbed only stays around in your body for a few minutes. Some of the better brands are:
- Resveratrol 100 by Jarrow is 100 percent trans resveratrol.
- Juice Plus+ Vineyard Blend is a whole food supplement.
- PolyResveratrol by Thorne Research contains pure resveratrol, along with ingredients that sweep away free radicals.
- NOW Foods Natural Resveratrol (GMP) Good Manufacturing Practice regulations promulgated facility.
- CINNAMON: Dosage may control effectiveness. A 40-day study of adult diabetics showed that 1000 mg, 3000 mg or 6000 mg of cinnamon reduced fasting serum glucose 18-29%, triglycerides 23-30% and LDL cholesterol 7-27% and total cholesterol 12-26% (effective as statin drugs). [Diabetes Care Dec 2003]
- BOSWELLIA: A dose as low as 400 mg has been found to be effective in humans. [Jundishapur Journal Natural Pharmaceutical Products 2012]
- GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE: A 400 mg dose of Gymnema was shown to reduce blood sugar readings and 5 of 22 subjects were able to discontinue using their drugs. [Journal Ethnopharmacology Oct 1990]
In Conclusion: Rules for Safely Lowering Your Blood Sugar
The above blood sugar protocol and supplement regimen works very well for most people. So please, if you are working with a doctor or another health care provider, let them know what you are doing. It’s best to have their support and supervision.
That’s because the supplements might reduce your blood sugar levels too quickly. Although reducing your blood sugar levels is exactly what you want to do, reducing it too quickly or by too much will cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or unsafe blood sugar swings. And we don’t want that. Work closely with your doctor and keep track of your blood glucose levels.
If you are on medication, the goal one day is to get off them and just rely on a healthy diet and exercise (and supplements if they are appropriate for you).
Let me remind you again, as you eat better, take healthy supplements, and exercise, your blood sugar will come down naturally. But this also means it could come down even further if you take medication, including insulin. So be careful, because drugs and supplements both lower blood sugar.
A sensible approach to using supplements is to try one new supplement every few weeks. That way, you can see what kind of effect it has on your blood sugar and your general health. If you do well with it, bring in a new supplement at that point. Pace yourself. Another reason not to hurry is that if you add two or three supplements at once and begin to experience a side effect, such as stomach upset, you won’t know which supplement to blame. Also, bringing in two or three supplements at once could cause a dangerous hypoglycemic reaction.
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