The Importance of Healthy Sugar Metabolism
Achieving and maintaining proper blood sugar metabolism is essential for a lifetime of excellent health. Prolonged unhealthy blood sugar metabolism can significantly affect the health of your eyes, blood vessels, kidneys, and pancreas. It can impact your weight, body shape, energy levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, overall cardiovascular health and more. Over 60 million Americans have "insulin resistance", a form of unhealthy blood sugar metabolism that frequently goes unrecognized but can often progress to the point where signs of significant health deterioration appear.
Don't let this happen to you! It is never too early or too late to learn how you can achieve and maintain healthy blood sugar metabolism and experience the benefits of sustained good health. By understanding how blood sugar metabolism works, and with the guidance of your healthcare provider, you can take the necessary steps to acheive and enjoy lasting benefits of healthy blood sugar metabolism.
As mentioned earlier, implementing a program of regular exercise and effective weight control is important. Following specific dietary guidelines can also have tremendous effect on your body's ability to establish and maintain helathy blood sugar metabolism.
The dietary guidelines should focus on two primary goals:
1.) Choosing foods that have a moderate effect on raising blood sugar, referred to as "low glycemic index" foods.
2.) Choosing foods that improve the body's ability to support the effect of insulin, functionally reducing "insulin resistance".
Nurtitional supplementation may also offer great benefit. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you supplement your diet with a combination of micro-nutrients that include soy protein, special fibers and low glycemic index starch known as high amylose starch. These help support healthy carbohydrate absorption and blood sugar metabolism.
Supplementing your diet with various fatty acids and micro-nutrients may also be very helpful. These include the essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to support healthy cell membranes; conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) to support the insulin signal and promote adequate gene expression for improved utilization by the mitochondrion; the monerals vanadium, chromium, and magnesium to provide additional support to the insulin signal; vitamen E and inositol for further insulin signal support; and biotin to support sugar utilization by the mitochondria. Other herbs and accessory nutrients may also be helpful.
Take the first step to acheiving healthy blood sugar metabolism and sustained good health right now. Ask your healthcare provider for the program that is right for you.