Blood sugar instability is one of the most overlooked foundations to living a healthy life. If you have poor blood sugar control, you will feel like you are riding the energy rollercoaster complete with intense cravings, unwanted weight gain, and chronic inflammation. Taking advantage of ways to test blood sugar control can help you reach balance and take control of your ability to burn fat.
Once you are armed with the knowledge of your own blood sugar control, you can take steps to get it back where it needs to be. Most people have no idea that this one aspect of health could be the single thing holding them back from reaching their health goals.
Insulin is a transport molecule we have in the body that takes sugar in the blood and helps transport it into cells to be used as energy. When we are constantly consuming high amounts of sugar, it is possible to develop insulin resistance. Essentially, cells become desensitized to insulin and stop responding to it. When this happens, sugar cannot get into your cells.
Over time, the body produces more insulin to get sugar into the cells. Unfortunately, there is a threshold where more insulin starts to create problems in the body. Consistently high insulin levels will increase inflammation, promote fat gain, and ultimately open the doors to many different chronic diseases. You can prevent this from happening by using the methods in this article to test blood sugar periodically.
Advanced Glycation End Products
One of the biggest problems with high blood sugar is that the sugar molecules bind to proteins and enzymes in the blood stream and create advanced glycation end products otherwise known as AGEs. AGEs are highly unstable and break down structural proteins throughout the body and accelerate the aging and degenerative processes of all organs and tissues in the body (1).
When the body has healthy insulin sensitivity, insulin clears the blood stream of sugar and keeps AGEs under control. However, when we develop insulin resistance, we are no longer able to effectively manage AGE formation and we end up with increased inflammation and tissue damage.
By the time, we develop diabetes, our bodies have been ravaged by AGEs and all of our organ systems are 10-20+ years older than they should do to the accelerated degeneration brought on by this glycation process. In uncontrolled diabetes, these AGEs destroy the nerves leading to optic neuritis, peripheral neuropathy and dementia (2). The kidneys are also hit hard by these AGEs, which results in kidney failure for many diabetics and congestive heart failure as the blood vessels are highly damaged (3, 4).