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The REAL Consequences of High Blood Sugar

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: When your blood sugar is up or down, it can cause a range of unwanted health problems.
Air Date: 8/27/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
The REAL Consequences of High Blood Sugar
After you're done eating a meal or snack, your digestive system begins turning your food into glucose, which is a simple sugar found in animal and plant tissues.

Once your glucose levels rise, insulin is released from your pancreas and into your bloodstream and converts to energy.

If you have high blood sugar levels, your body isn't using insulin properly or is unable to produce enough insulin. High blood sugar levels can cause you to feel weak, fatigued and dehydrated, as well as have blurry vision.

Not only do you have these daily symptoms, but the long-term effects of high blood sugar can cause some serious health hazards.

What are some ways that can help lower your blood sugar levels?

One way you can help lower your blood sugar is by reducing your overall refined carbohydrate intake (processed foods, white bread, white pasta) and eat more complex carbs (whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice, lentils, oatmeal).

Another way to help lower blood sugar is by consuming healthy fats in each of your meals. This includes coconut oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and flaxseed oils.

What are some other foods to be mindful of when trying to lower your blood sugar?
  • Increase fiber
  • Avoid trans fats
  • Increase your protein
  • Avoid hidden sugars
  • Add spices like cinnamon and herbs like sage to your meals

Dr. Holly shares what high blood sugar is, what can cause high blood sugar and ways to lower your blood sugar levels.