Glucose levels are something most of us don’t think about until we have to. However, it’s better to think about them before we’re listening to a doctor tell us we are pre-diabetic, or worse, actually have diabetes, or hypertension, or heart problems.
In a recent study from the June ’08 American Journal of Medicine, 80% of the subjects had a fasting blood sugar out of the normal range (85 mg/dL or higher). Doctors define normal as between 70 and 85 mg/dL, but tend to ignore levels under 125mg/DL. Patients with a score above normal but below the current definition of “high” are generally sent home with an all-clear when, in reality, they’re likely headed for trouble.
Post-meal glucose spikes are especially dangerous. How often do you hear about people having heart attacks after meals? As we get older, glucose levels can skyrocket after eating because of excessive activity of glucose-6-phosphate and glycogenolysis (releasing too much glucose from our liver), and gluconeogenis (creating too much glucose). (Bottom line: too much glucose running around in our bodies). As our glucose levels rise, our risk for strokes dramatically rises as well.
[I’m young enough still that the possibility of a stroke isn’t on my radar, but I know my blood sugar can do funky things sometimes, especially if I have that rare Coke!]
What can we do to keep our glucose levels stable? Thankfully, there are several natural ways to combat high blood sugar levels, in addition to eating a healthy balanced diet.
1. Coffee! Seriously. Green coffee bean extract has been shown to reduce glucose levels by over 30% after meals because of the chlorogenic acid it contains! The commerical process of roasting coffee reduces some of the effectiveness of the chlorogenic acid so it’s best to use an extract. If you’re already having glucose issues, may I suggest looking into a green coffee bean extract. (You get the benefits, with only a minute level of caffeine.) You can read more about the actual studies that were performed via Life Extensions.
Chlorogenic acid, found in abundance in green coffee beans, inhibits the glucose-6-phosphate enzyme. It also decreases insulin sensitivity, which then drives down blood sugar levels.
A bottle of 90 green coffee bean capsules retails for $25. I think that’s a steal for something this effective on blood sugar levels!
2. Cinnamon. Another weapon in the war for stable blood sugar is cinnamon. The USDA has been studying the effects of cinnamon on glucose levels for over ten years, and has found that it can significantly reduce fasting glucose levels, improve pancreatic function, and enhance insulin sensitivity. Look for a cinnamon extract like Cinnamomum cassia, not the spice in your cabinet.
3. Chromium. I remember taking chronium as a child because I craved sugar all the time! I used to drive my mom crazy because I was always looking for candy. And in kindergarten, I would pick out chocolate milk and chocolate cake from the school cafeteria for lunch! Anyway, Chromium enhances our body’s ability to regulate glucose and increases our insulin sensitivity. You can find chromium in drugstores or online.
Maintaining steady glucose levels can feel impossible, but thankfully these natural supplements can go a long way in restoring balance.
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