Chronic high blood sugar is caused by your body not producing enough insulin to absorb the glucose in the blood. Another name for this is diabetes.
There are two types of Diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it generally diagnosed in children or teens. With Type I the body doesn’t produce insulin. With Type II Diabetes the body produces insulin but not enough to absorb the glucose from the blood.
Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause many problems in your body – nerve, blood vessel and organ damage, heart disease and stroke just to name a few. It can also affect your brain by causing problems processing information, your ability to think clearly and your memory, which makes it difficult to focus on anything.
Some causes of high blood sugar are poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight… and gulping down a bottle of wine a night. These are things YOU have control over. YOU have the ability to change these areas of your life.
Eating highly processed foods and lots of sugary snacks will put your blood sugar out of whack. It seems the more you eat of these types of food the more you want. It’s a vicious cycle.
It will be hard at first but there are two ways you can go about changing your diet. Going cold turkey or by slowly incorporating fresh whole foods into your diet.
Cold turkey isn’t recommended because eventually people fall off the wagon and it’s really hard to climb back on. This can also lead to yoyo dieting which means losing weight and gaining it right back.
The best way to go about changing poor eating habits is begin by adding in a healthy snack or meal daily. After a week or two of getting used to doing this you can replace another meal with a healthy choice and so on. Eventually your bad eating habits will be a thing of the past.
If you lead a sedentary lifestyle it will be hard to lose much weight even if you’re eating right. Losing weight is something that will help get your blood sugar under control.
You have to get out and move. It doesn’t have to be a regimented schedule if you’re not into that type of thing and you don’t have to be a gym rat either. The most important thing is to get your heart rate up doing things you enjoy so that you’ll stick with it.
A few of the easiest ways to incorporate movement into your day is by tweaking your daily habits. When you go shopping, park at the far end so you can get some exercise in by walking across the parking lot. If you normally ride the elevator to your office, take the stairs, even if it is just a flight or two. Get creative and move your body!
Drinking two glasses of wine a day is pretty much the most healthy thing a human can do. The problem is when you start on the third glass, end up finishing the bottle, and make a habit of it. In short, drink in moderation.
These problems can be hard to overcome, especially if you don’t feel healthy to deal with them. Take it slow but be deliberate in changing your diet and including some form of exercise every day. It may take a while but you will eventually see the changes in your body and mind.