Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels decreases a person's chance of developing other health problems including diabetes and heart disease. Proper functioning throughout the whole body leads to a better chance of optimal health. Learning how to promote a safe blood sugar level will increase the chances for a healthier life. Many small changes in daily living help a patient avoid medication and medical procedure often associated with mismanaged or unmanaged situations. Working with a doctor can help specifically determine parameters for treatment including the right balance of patient-controlled treatment and medical assistance.
Certain changes in routine can aid in the success of any medical treatment plan, however once the right lifestyle is discovered, even the slightest change could disturb healthy blood sugar levels. Consider the size of a bedtime snack. If a person eats less before bedtime, morning problems are likely kept at a minimum. Likewise, the quality of food consumed should be chosen carefully. Adding a nighttime activity will not only help with digestion, but also aid in getting a better night sleep. This may include a walk around the block, racquetball, or simply going to a restaurant with friends. The point is to stimulate the body. A good nights sleep is also crucial to maintaining a safe blood sugar level due to the body's need to rejuvenate and heal from illness or fatigue. Pay close attention to what the body says in regards to fatigue and illness in comparison to the activities and food consumption for the day. Important information is available by simply evaluating the needs of the body on a regular basis.
Medical testing determines whether a person has a problem with maintaining appropriate levels. While lifestyle changes in general make drastic differences in the overall success in management, medication is sometimes needed due to the progression or type of disease. Even if a person has agreed to make the needed changes and follows them carefully, medical treatment is sometimes necessary. However, the better a person is at maintaining the needed changes, the less medical treatment he or she will need. This may include injections of insulin, oral medication, or surgical procedures. Understanding exactly what these treatments mean to the body will help a person better manage their condition as well as live the most normal lifestyle possible. Many options are available to fit certain lifestyles and specific conditions of a disease. While some types of medication will work for one person, it may not work for everyone. Finding a doctor that pays attention to the needs of the patient as well as stays on top of current research is important in getting the best possible care. Even with the best doctor, patient participation is crucial. The doctor cannot go home with a patient and monitor every change in otherwise healthy blood sugar levels. If nighttime lows are suspected plan on taking a test at 2 or 3 AM in order to know for sure. Untreated nighttime lows can lead to an overworked liver, which ultimately causes more problems that may go untreated until its too late. In addition, make sure the morning reading is done before any food consumption including juice to take morning medication. This will ensure the more accurate reading.
A generally healthy lifestyle decreases a person's chance of having to worry about fluctuating levels unless there are hereditary factors to consider. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management. Though stress does not have a direct effect on whether a person has a safe blood sugar level, the side effects may include poor eating choices. Through evaluation of all responsibilities in life will determine the needed items and the stressors that can be discarded. Living without much stress leaves more time in a person's life to concentrate on balanced eating and regular exercise. In addition, lower stress leads to less risk of depression, which opens the doors for a many other problems. Following all the above-mentioned suggestions for nighttime routine, medication, and stress management will lead to success in maintaining current levels of treatment as well as prevent further complications. "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9:6)
Natural remedies for diabetes range from tea to food enhancing herbs. These techniques have been used for centuries in different cultures around the world. Though western medicine isn't always quick to approve of these techniques, as long as the techniques don't conflict with any medication they cannot hurt a patient. For centuries people in China have consumed 1 gram of cinnamon a day to support healthy blood sugar levels. Though medical tests are not completed as to exactly how this works, many people have proven its effectiveness. In the United States consuming Chromium at 200 mcg a day helps strengthen the cells in order to help insulin to be better received in the body. In Canada researchers believe vanadul sulfate aids in maintaining a safe blood sugar level. All these techniques are safe as long as they don't conflict with any medication consumed. In addition to these natural techniques, according to British research, sun exposure will help due to the link of vitamin D deficiency linked to low blood sugar. Many techniques are available that can sometimes replace medication or at least help medication to work better. Some trial and error is necessary in order to find the best system for each unique situation.
Blood Sugar MonitorsBlood sugar monitors are vital for a person diagnosed with diabetes because checking blood glucose levels regularly provides the data to know if the illness is under control. Checking glucose levels can help a person to know if their diet and medication is working. Having consistently high sugar levels is a strong indication that meds need to be changed and the diet needs to be evaluated. Blood glucose monitoring systems are usually covered by insurance and come in many different types and models. These systems can help make treatment successful. Treatment normally includes lifestyle changes with diet and exercise, trying to avoid stress or illness, and taking medication. The most common symptoms of high sugar include nausea, excessive thirst, excessive urination, vomiting, fatigue, blurred vision, and generally feeling sick.
Glucose meters range in price, size, and the way they provide readings. The older models typically are programmed to provide a reading with the use of a blood sample. This would mean pricking the finger tip and placing blood on a strip that is inserted to the machine. Newer blood sugar monitors make it a little easier. Instead of a painful stick in the finger, a watch is worn on the wrist and will automatically check glucose levels every twenty minutes. When readings fall too low or get too high an alarm goes off to alert the patient. For accuracy purposes recommendations with the new technology suggest checking the counts the old fashioned way and comparing the counts occasionally just in case there is a problem.
Normal glucose readings should be between 60 and 120 mg/dL. Under 60 mg/dL is too low and could indicate hypoglycemia; over 120 mg/dL is too high and could indicate hyperglycemia. Some of the other ways that blood glucose monitoring systems work is by infrared light, low-level electrical currents, and through saliva or tears. Some of these are not currently on the market but possibly will be in the near future. Keeping apprised of sugar levels is a necessity for someone who has diabetes. Glucose levels as high as 500 mg/dL could mean coma and possibly death. God gives His children promises that can mean a lot when going through times of distress and illness. His children can be assured that He will give them the strength to go through anything. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)
Other complications with undiagnosed or untreated diabetes include but are not limited to high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness. When sugar levels are high damage can occur within the arteries leading to narrowing thus reducing blood flow to vital organs. Bleeding can occur in vessels in the eyes leading to blindness. After awhile circulation is affected to the point that sores will be slow to heal especially in the feet. Blood sugar monitors help a person to track any variations in glucose levels so that something can be done to keep readings down. Any prolong reading over 200 mg/dL means that the body is suffering damage.
Risks associated with diabetes include but are not limited to obesity, genetics, sedentary lifestyle, and environmental factors such as diet, among others. Type I Diabetes usually begins in childhood but sometimes it is delayed and strikes in adulthood. This type of diabetes requires that the patient takes insulin daily since the pancreas has completely stopped producing insulin. Insulin is needed to convert glucose into energy. When the body is no longer making insulin a person will start to lose weight. Other symptoms that can occur are blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and excessive hunger. Blood glucose monitoring systems are an absolute necessity for someone with Type I diabetes so as to avoid complications associated with high sugar.
Type II Diabetes is a little different than Type I; instead of the pancreas not producing insulin, it either does not produce enough or the body does not know how to use the insulin that it does produce. A person who is predisposed to diabetes may start having symptoms after being obese for many years or after reaching a certain age. A risk is higher for someone who has a close relative who has had the disease. This is one reason why family medical history is important; knowing this can send an alarm to a physician that the patient may need a glucose tolerance test to determine if high sugar is present. Blood sugar monitors can be very useful during a period when a firm diagnosis has not been made. The patient can monitor their own blood levels at home after fasting and report these findings to the doctor; this gives the doctor an indication if there is a problem.
Some very important issues with diabetes are diet, exercise, and taking medication. The medication for Type 1 Diabetes is insulin therapy but for Type II there are a host of different prescription medications that can be used to help keep blood sugar levels normal. Blood glucose monitoring systems will help the patient to monitor how medication and diet are affecting glucose levels. One of the best ways to lower readings is to exercise regularly. Exercise helps the body to operate more efficiently and along with proper diet changes losing excess weight will affect readings as well. Some simple ways to change a diet is by doing some research. Finding out what foods can have a positive effect and what foods can have a negative effect on glucose levels can help the patient to make appropriate substitutions. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is important. Avoiding high sugar foods, processed foods, and caffeine is necessary for maintaining normal sugar levels. Choose high fiber foods, whole grains, nuts, and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids.