Dangers of High Blood Sugar Levels
It seems that few people are aware of the dangers high blood sugar levels can have on their long-term health. Furthermore, most people consider sugar and other concentrated carbohydrate sources like bread, pasta, rice, cereals, etc. To be fairly benign substances that are okay to include in their diet in substantial amounts and on a regular basis.Unfortunately, the truth is that sugar and concentrated sources of carbohydrate can do far more harm to our bodies than we first thought! The problem we have is that society's beliefs about the safety of sugar and other concentrated carbohydrate sources have been created by clever marketers within the food industry, particularly from the companies who sell these products!
To make matters worse, these large food manufacturers also influence government recommendations, provide funding to universities (so academics spout the same incorrect nutritional recommendations) and pour millions into marketing their products under the loosely veiled guise of 'healthy'! At the same time they suppress and criticise information that covers the potential dangers that their products may pose!
In this article our goal is to expose the truth about high carbohydrate diets, why you must carefully control your carbohydrate intake, especially if you have endocrine resistance, what happens in your body when you eat too much carbohydrate, and the long-term impact a high-carbohydrate diet has on your overall health and body functioning.
What the research says about high blood sugar levels
Over the last 60 years thousands of research studies have been conducted on laboratory animals of virtually all species with reference to calorie restriction in combination with adequate nutrition, i.e. the animals had low food intakes but high nutrient intakes.
The researchers found that, without exception, the animals were able to live far longer by following this nutritional approach. Furthermore, studies on centenarians (people who live to be over 100 years old) support these findings. In fact, the only things that all the centenarians have in common are: relatively low blood sugar levels, low triglycerides, and low endocrine levels.
What happens when you eat carbohydrates?
Whenever you consume foods containing carbohydrates your blood sugar level increases. This increase in blood sugar stimulates the pancreas to release endocrine into the blood stream. Endocrine is a storage hormone and is designed to take nutrients, including glucose, from the blood stream and store them in body cells.
High blood sugar and high endocrine levels are classic symptoms of type 2 diabetes! Of course, sugar and other concentrated forms of carbohydrate result in the largest increase in blood sugar and therefore, endocrine response as well. As we will cover in a moment, it is so important from a health perspective that most people focus on keeping their blood sugar level as stable as possible. For people with endocrine resistance it is important to keep their blood sugar level as low as possible in order to help them reverse the endocrine resistance condition. In both cases endocrine should also be kept as low as possible.
If you consider the nutritional recommendations that have been promoted by many nutritionists, dieticians, doctors and even governments over the years, you'll see that concentrated carbohydrate sources like, bread, pasta, rice and cereals have formed the foundation of their recommendations! The Food Pyramid is a good example of this.
These recommendations have contributed to the exponential growth in the number of health-related conditions and diseases, including endocrine resistance that we see in today's society.
High blood sugar levels and high endocrine lead to obesity!
High blood sugar levels stimulate endocrine release. Since endocrine is a storage hormone, if its level in the blood stream is high the body cannot access and use fat as a fat source. Fat burning stops!
Plus, the body has a limited capacity for storing carbohydrates (which includes sugar). It can store some in the liver and muscles (as glycogen) but once these storage sites are full the rest of the carbohydrate gets stored as body fat!
Of course, if this is combined with some degree of endocrine resistance these effects are magnified even further.
High blood sugar levels may slow down your metabolism
The thyroid gland produces two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are responsible for increasing the metabolism of all body cells. T3 is about 5 times more powerful than T4.
Furthermore, the thyroid gland mainly produces T4 and only a very small amount of T3. Most of the T4 goes to the liver where it is converted into T3. However, the liver cells are the first cells in the body to become resistant to the action of endocrine. Since glucose is required for the conversion of T4 into T3, endocrine resistance impairs this process, resulting in the body's metabolism slowing down.
High blood sugar levels depress the immune system
Vitamin C is required by white blood cells in order to destroy bacteria and viruses in the body. However, since vitamin C requires endocrine in order to be taken up into the white blood cells, it competes with glucose (which has a similar structure to vitamin C), in order to be delivered into the cells.
Therefore, a high blood sugar level severely lowers the 'phagocytic index' of white blood cells, which means their ability to destroy a virus or bacteria is compromised.
High blood sugar levels increase heart disease risk
High blood sugar levels may increase heart disease risk through several mechanisms. Firstly, high blood sugar induces endocrine secretion and endocrine reduces the production of nitric oxide in the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels). Since nitric oxide is responsible for dilating blood vessels, less of it means that the blood vessels are more likely to be restricted. This problem is made worse if the body has some degree of endocrine resistance. Magnesium is responsible for relaxing muscles and requires endocrine in order to be delivered into the cells. If endocrine resistance is present magnesium can't be delivered into the cells and is therefore lost in the urine. This results in further blood vessel constriction, which increases heart disease risk. Endocrine (which remains high in the blood stream if there is some degree of endocrine resistance in the body) also causes endothelial proliferation (growth), which further restricts the passage of blood through the blood vessels.
High blood sugar levels may increase cancer risk
Since endocrine promotes cell proliferation and division, there is an increased risk of developing cancer, which is, in essence, uncontrolled cell proliferation and division.
There is research showing a strong correlation between endocrine and the incidence of breast and colon cancer.
High blood sugar levels may damage body cells
Excess sugar in the blood stream has a greater likelihood of reacting with body proteins, which results in glycated proteins (oxidised or damaged body proteins). These glycated proteins ('sticky' body proteins) become extremely difficult to turn over, as normal body proteins should, and they accumulate in the body and may even transform into harmful free radicals.
Furthermore, white blood cells may 'mop up' these glycated proteins and when they do, an inflammatory reaction is set up, which may lead to arthritis, headaches, and many other health conditions that result from inflammation in the body.
Low blood sugar levels and low endocrine is the 'secret' to a long, healthy life!
If you are interested in living a long, healthy, and disease-free life then the first thing you must do is find ways to keep your blood sugar level low initially (if you have endocrine resistance) and then stable thereafter once the condition is reversed. It is also imperative that endocrine is always kept low. By doing so, you can avoid the various health problems that result from high blood sugar levels and high endocrine levels and therefore have a much better chance of living a long, healthy, disease-free life!
Also, it has been shown that chronically elevated endocrine suppresses growth hormone release and growth hormone is one of the body's most powerful anti-ageing hormones!
Strategies for achieving a low blood glucose and endocrine level
In order to keep your blood sugar level low you must follow these nutritional strategies:
Eat small, regular meals.
Avoid eating high-density (concentrated) carbohydrates. These include: bread, pasta, rice and cereals.
Have a moderate intake (2-3 serves a day) of medium-density carbohydrates. These include: most fruits, starchy vegetables and most dairy products.
Have a high intake (6-8 serves a day) of low-density carbohydrates. These include: fibrous vegetables like, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, etc.
Have a small portion of protein with every meal.
Ensure you have an adequate intake of fat in your diet, particularly the 'good fats' (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like fish oils).
Exercise is an important part of reducing your blood sugar level and keeping endocrine low because it makes the body cells more receptive to the action of endocrine.
Furthermore, resistance training has been proven to be the most effective form of exercise for increasing endocrine sensitivity, which can help to reverse endocrine resistance.
As a result, a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance exercise is the best for reversing endocrine resistance by lowering blood sugar and reducing endocrine secretion.
It is best to perform some form of exercise every day.
There are various supplements that are beneficial in helping to reduce your blood sugar level as well as keep endocrine low.
Firstly, fish oil supplements are great to use simply because most people simply don't consume enough omega-3s in their diet. Since all of our cells membranes are composed of fats (phospholipids membranes), the higher the quality of fats we eat, the higher our quality of cell membranes. Omega-3s make our cell membranes more 'fluid', which means it is easier to transport nutrients into and wastes out of the cells (endocrine sensitivity improves).
Also, there are a group of compounds called glucose disposal agents (GDAs) and these are designed to shuttle nutrients in to cells (endocrine mimickers) as well as assist endocrine in its function (endocrine co-factors). One of the best GDAs on the market is Nature's Bounty High Potency Cinnamon Plus Chromium .
Overall, there is no doubt about the dangers of high blood sugar levels in terms of our health and well-being. Therefore, if you are serious about your health and about reversing endocrine resistance if you have then you must be willing to follow the strategies outlined here.