The Dangers of High Blood Sugar and What You Can Do About It

Normal & High Blood Sugar
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Many people coming to my practice have high blood sugar.

This may not surprise you. After all, people eat lots of grains and sugar-filled foods. Even so it is still cause for concern. High blood sugar causes many health problems.

Here’s a short list:

  • Hypoglycemia – high blood sugar can trigger the sudden and severe drop in blood sugar. This then triggers hunger and the cycle often starts over again. Fatigue, fuzzy thinking and mood swings are all part of this pattern.
  • Diabetes – the hallmark of diabetes is high blood sugar levels. Type II diabetics are at much higher risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
  • Metabolic Syndrome – also called Syndrome X. This is where elevated insulin levels (triggered by high blood sugar) cause the body’s cells to resist the effects of insulin. Thus blood sugar levels remain high. Weight gain, pain in joints and tissues, and forgetfulness are common.
  • Inflammatory Conditions – with insulin resistance, cells in the body concentrate sugars by combining them with proteins. This happens in the same way that milk becomes caramel. It creates sticky, gooey blockages in tissues. The result is inflammation as your body fights to clear it. Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and circulatory problems can all result.
  • Cancer – cancer cells feed on sugar. Some might argue that sugar doesn’t cause cancer, but there is evidence that it aggravates it. Why risk it?

What Can You Do If You Have High Blood Sugar?

First, reduce refined sugar in your diet. There are also supplements that can help. Here are some of the best:

  • CoQ10. CoQ10 promotes heart health. It also lowers blood glucose in diabetics by 30%. It helps the body detoxify and increases cellular energy. In addition, it is an antioxidant, reduces toxic iron levels in cells and protects the heart and brain.
  • Chromium. Low chromium levels cause HDL (good cholesterol) to drop. It also leads to insulin resistance. Triglycerides and total cholesterol both rise. People who take chromium supplements improve insulin sensitivity. They also decrease cross-linked sugars and proteins and reduce total cholesterol.
  • Herbal Remedies. Panax ginseng, silymarin (milk thistle) and cinnamon extract all support the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. One particular compound made from cinnamon, called MHCP (methylhydroxy chalcone polymer), has shown real potential for treating diabetes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 lowers the risk of stroke and heart attacks. It also lowers inflammation. Since sugars can create both inflammation and greater stroke and heart attack risk, Omega-3 fatty acids are a good idea to deal with the effects of too much sugar.
  • Alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) exists in our every cell and tissue. It is very effective in lowering blood sugar and preventing diabetic complications. It especially helps cardiovascular and neurological problems. It is unique because it is both fat and water soluble. Because of this it benefits all the tissues of the body.ALA also strengthens the immune system, improves energy in cells, protects brain cells against excitotoxins and removes excess iron and other toxic metals. A number of studies have shown that it can correct blood sugar in type-2 diabetics. It can even improve or eliminate insulin need in insulin-dependent diabetics.

Nothing takes the place of stopping sugar intake. However the above nutrients go a long way towards reducing or even helping repair the damage high blood sugar can cause.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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