Managing blood sugar levels goes a long way toward effective diabetes management and preventing the exhaustion your entire system experiences when on the roller coaster of high and low glycemic swings. The extreme stress of repeated sugar spikes exhausts and ages your body at a much faster than normal rate. Being able to balance glucose levels helps stop this damaging cycle. Interestingly enough, lowering plasma insulin levels also tends to lower body temperature and increase DHEA levels (both anti-aging markers), indicating that lowering the insulin response may be a prime factor in slowing down the aging process.
In a perfect world, all food choices would be healthy, convenient, nature-based ways of fueling your body.
That being said, the world isn’t perfect. Even the best intentions and efforts to live a health conscious lifestyle are hindered because mass distribution food markets have traded nature-based foods for convenience and profit. Because of this the world is suffering. Long time consumption of high sugar foods and high carbohydrate foods that quickly turn into sugars is affecting just about everyone.
Consider that in the United States, per capita sugar consumption now averages a mind-blowing 152 pounds per person per year. That represents 30 five-pound bags of sugar each year! In reality, much of this sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup prevalent in foods because it’s much cheaper than sucrose, which is common tabletop sugar. This is hardly surprising, though, when you consider that virtually every packaged food contains several kinds of sugar disguised in ingredient lists as sucrose, corn syrup, fructose, and even caramel color.
Taking Control of Blood Sugar Naturally
Achieving blood sugar control can be a life-altering phenomenon for the millions and millions of diabetics around the world. Let’s not forget the millions more who are hypoglycemic or borderline diabetic (pre-diabetes). According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, studies in the United States and abroad have found that improved glycemic control benefits people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In general, every percentage point drop in A1c blood levels reduces the risk of microvascular complications (eye, kidney, and nerve diseases) by 40%.
According to the CDC’s 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet:
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 years. Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2002.
- About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. The results of such damage include impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve problems.
- Severe forms of diabetic nerve disease are a major contributing cause of lower-extremity amputations. Over 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
It goes without saying that for diabetics a shift in blood sugar numbers bringing them closer to normal range is not only life changing but can in fact be lifesaving.
Again, the CDC’s 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet states that:
- Heart disease and stroke account for about 65% of deaths in people with diabetes. Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
- The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
If you have diabetes it is time to recognize the importance of changing your lifestyle in a way that lowers your consumption of foods that spike blood sugars and consequently insulin levels. Managing diabetes without changing your lifestyle is an exercise in futility. Short term success may be achieved, but long term success will remain elusive. Without very-near-normal blood glucose control, micro-vascular damage is occurring. It happens slowly, imperceptibly until it finally presents itself in symptoms and conditions.
Take Action Now
The diabetic-alkaline lifestyle may be a great way to compliment your current plan of care by transforming your lifestyle. This natural, innovative approach may reduce or completely eliminate your dependence on medications. It may set you on a path to better health and vitality.
Rather than waiting for damage to occur and then taking more drugs to manage an ever-increasing number of health issues that result in a reduced quality of life, take action now. Change your lifestyle. It may be difficult at first, but it gets easier over time. I can assure you it will be worth the effort. Although the earlier you begin to make changes, the better will be your results, it is never too late to start. NOW is the time. The diabetic-alkaline lifestyle may be able to help you gain the blood sugar control you need for better health and living.