Blood Sugar Control
It is estimated that nearly 60 million Americans
have blood sugar control issues, with 18.2 million people having diabetes and
another 41 million with pre-diabetes. A common belief, as with most health
conditions, is that we bring this on with our lifestyle choices. Whether you
have issues with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood
sugar), the combination of proper diet, regular exercise or activity and
supplementation can help control blood sugar and contribute to optimal health.
Most of the food we eat
is broken down into glucose, the main source of energy for the body. Glucose is
also known as blood sugar. Many people with diabetes have blood sugar swings
throughout the day, at mealtime, when exercising, and even overnight. Having
too much or too little blood sugar can lead to serious health problems, so
controlling these swings is an important goal in diabetes management.
Blood sugar control formula is designed to help balance and maintain healthy
blood sugar levels in the body. It contains chromium and Fenugreek to improve
glucose tolerance and balances blood-sugar levels; as well as Gymnema Sylvestre to improve insulin production in the pancreas,
(as well as insulin's ability to lower blood-sugar levels).
blood sugar control formula also utilizes Bitter Melon extract. The gourd-like
fruit has a long history as a treatment for diabetes. Bitter melon improves the
body's ability to use blood sugar and improves glucose tolerances.
Another ingredient in
this formula is Vanadium, which has been shown to mimic the actions of insulin,
therefore improving glucose tolerance by restoring receptor sensitivity to insulin.
Your body maintains a relatively
small amount of blood sugar in your circulation on a fasting basis (about one
teaspoon per five quarts of blood). Following a meal your blood sugar levels
naturally rise, as sugar, which is fuel for energy, is distributed around your
body. This activity requires proper function of the hormones insulin and
leptin. Once the refueling operation is complete, then blood sugar levels,
insulin levels, and leptin levels return to a pre-meal baseline.
In order to maintain normal blood
sugar levels between meals and during the night, your pancreas makes a
different hormone called glucagon that assists your liver to make and
metabolize blood sugar, while simultaneously burning fat.
It is vital to maintain the healthy
function of this blood sugar metabolism system in good working order a
cornerstone of health. The foundation of this system requires a good diet and
consistent exercise. Additionally, as desired, nutrients can be used to assist
the healthy metabolism of blood sugar, and the operation of insulin and leptin. This is where LifeSource Vitamins Blood Sugar
Supports comes in.
When you have diabetes, you may have high blood sugar levels
(hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. A
cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels. You
will learn to recognize the symptoms and distinguish between high and low blood
sugar levels. Insulin and some types of diabetes medicine can cause low blood
It is important to learn
how to recognize and manage high and low blood sugar levels to help avoid
levels that can lead to medical emergencies, such as diabetic ketoacidosis or dehydration
from high blood sugar levels or loss of consciousness from severe low blood
sugar levels. Most high or low blood sugar problems can be managed at home by
following your health professional's instructions.
Following your health
professional's instructions on the use of insulin or diabetes medicines, diet,
and exercise will help you avoid blood sugar problems. Home blood sugar testing
will help you determine whether your blood sugar is within a safe range. If you
have had very low blood sugar, you may be tempted to let your sugar level run
high so you do not have another low blood sugar problem. However, it is most
important that you keep your blood sugar in a safe range. You can do this by
following your treatment plan and checking your blood sugar regularly.
Children with diabetes
need their parents' help to keep their blood sugar levels in a safe range and
to exercise safely. It is important for children to learn the symptoms of both
high and low blood sugar so they can tell others when they need help. There are
many support groups and diabetes education centers to help parents and children
understand about blood sugar, exercise, diet, and medicines.
Teens especially may
have a hard time keeping their blood sugar levels in control because their
bodies are growing and developing. Also, they want to be with their friends and
eat foods that may affect their blood sugar. Having diabetes during the teenage
years is not easy. However, your teen is at an excellent age to understand the
disease and its treatment and to take over some of the responsibilities of his
or her care.
If your blood sugar
level reads too high or too low but you are feeling well, you may want to
recheck your sugar level or recalibrate your blood glucose meter. The problem
may be with either your blood sample or the machine.
High blood sugar
High blood sugar occurs
when the sugar (glucose) level in your blood rises above normal. Eating too
many calories, missing medicines (insulin or pills), or having an infection or
illness, injury, surgery, or emotional stress can cause your blood sugar to
rise. High blood sugar usually develops slowly over a period of hours to days.
However, missing a dose of insulin can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar
levels. Blood sugar levels just above the safe range may make you feel tired
and thirsty. If your blood sugar level stays higher than normal for weeks, your
body will adjust to that level, and you may not have as many symptoms of high
Unless you don't monitor
your blood sugar regularly or you don't notice the symptoms of high blood
sugar, you usually will have time to treat high blood sugar so that you can prevent
high blood sugar emergencies. Three things can help you prevent high blood
Test your blood sugar
often, especially if you are sick or are not following your normal routine. You
can see when your blood sugar is above the safe range, even if you don't have
symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst, increased urination, and
fatigue. Then you can treat it early, preventing an emergency.
Notify your health
professional if you have frequent high blood sugar levels or if your blood
sugar level is consistently staying above the safe range. Your medicine may
need to be adjusted or changed.
Drink extra water or
non-caffeinated, non-sugared drinks so you will not be dehydrated. If your
blood sugar continues to rise, your kidneys will increase the amount of urine
produced, and you can become dehydrated.
Complications of high
blood sugar can cause serious problems, including coma and death. Over time,
high blood sugar can damage your eyes, heart, kidneys, blood vessels, and
Low blood sugar
Low blood sugar occurs
when the sugar (glucose) level in your blood drops below what your body needs.
Not eating enough food or skipping meals, take too much medicine (insulin or
pills), exercising more than usual, or taking certain medicines that lower
blood sugar can cause your blood sugar to drop rapidly.
People who lose weight
or develop kidney problems may not need as much insulin or other medicines as
they did before they lost the weight or developed kidney problems. Their blood
sugar may drop too low. It is important to check your blood sugar often when
your body goes through changes.
When your blood sugar
level drops below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), you will usually have
symptoms of low blood sugar. This can
develop quickly, in 10 to 15 minutes.
If your blood sugar
level drops just slightly below a safe range (mild low blood sugar), you may
feel tired, anxious, weak, shaky, or sweaty, and you may have a rapid heart
rate. If you eat something that contains sugar, these symptoms may last only a
short time. If you have had diabetes for many years, you may not always notice
symptoms of mild low blood sugar; this is called hypoglycemia unawareness. If
your blood sugar is well-controlled and does not change much during the day,
you may have an increased risk for hypoglycemic unawareness.
If your blood sugar
level continues to drop (usually below 40 mg/dL), your behavior may change, and
you may feel more irritable. You may become too weak or confused to eat
something with sugar to raise your blood sugar level. Anytime your blood sugar
drops below 50 mg/dL, you should act whether you have symptoms or not.
If your blood sugar
level drops very low (usually below 20 mg/dL), you may lose consciousness or
have a seizure. If you have symptoms of severe low blood sugar, you need
medical care immediately.
You may have symptoms of
low blood sugar if your blood sugar drops from a high level to a lower level.
For example, if your blood sugar level has been higher than 300 mg/dL for a
week or so and the level drops suddenly to 100 mg/dL, you may have symptoms of
low blood sugar even though your blood sugar is in the normal range. However,
if you have had diabetes for many years, you may not have symptoms of low blood
sugar until your blood sugar level is very low.
If your health
professional thinks you have low blood sugar levels but you are not having
symptoms, he or she may ask you to check your blood sugar more often. Your
health professional may ask you to check your blood sugar in the middle of the
night or to use a 3-day continuous glucose monitor test.
Review the Emergencies
and Check Your Symptoms sections to determine if and when you need to see a
health professional. (1)
blood sugar control, or glycemic control, is much like keeping enough gas in
your car so that it will run. If your car runs out of fuel, it will stall.
Similarly, if your body does not have an adequate level of blood sugar (the
fuel that the body gets from food), you too will stall. Classic symptoms of a
low blood sugar level are headaches, brain fog, sweet cravings, nervousness,
inability to think clearly, and even depression in some situations.
For some people, the
problem goes unnoticed because there are no obvious symptoms. To ensure that
you have an adequate blood sugar level, you must eat the proper foods. Eating
the right food fuels the body by providing adequate blood sugar. If your blood
sugar level is low, your body will go into a predominantly catabolic state,
breaking down muscle, organ, and bone tissue in order to keep the body going.
At the same time, your immune system may become compromised.
blood sugar control occurs when insulin and glucagon (two hormones) are in
balance. The pancreas produces both of these hormones in response to the foods
Things that may affect
A number of factors can
contribute to the development of hyperglycemia. As we age, almost everyone
becomes insulin resistant. Lack of exercise is another factor contributing to
insulin resistance, as is a diet high in sugary, processed foods. Even exposure
to certain pesticides is related to an increase in insulin resistance and this
association becomes even stronger in overweight individuals. (2)
Inadequate sleep also can contribute to unhealthy blood sugar levels as studies
have linked low levels of the hormone melatonin to hyperglycemia and weight
gain. (3) Therefore, in addition to undertaking the blood sugar supporting
supplement regimen I outline below, I also suggest that individuals supplement
with melatonin and remain asleep in a dark room between midnight and 4 a.m. to
enhance the body's natural melatonin production.
Finally, stress remains
as damaging to healthy blood sugar levels as is a poor diet. Recent data from
animal studies and large epidemiological studies in humans provide strong
linkage between psychological stress and diabetes.
Directions for use:
Adults: Take one capsule
at a time (at meal time) with at least 8 oz or water; or as recommended by your
health care professional. 2 per day is suggested.
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings per Container: 45
Amount Per Serving:
Vit. C Buffered
Alamime (Crystalline Amino Acid)
Glutamine (Crystalline Amino Acid)
Bitter Melon Extract
*Daily value not established
1. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
2. Lee DH, Lee IK, Jin SH, Steffes M, Jacobs DR Jr. Association Between Serum Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Insulin Resistance Among Nondiabetic Adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002. Diabetes Care. 2007 Mar;30(3):622-628.
3. Kanter M, Uysal H, Karaca T, Sagmanligil HO. Depression of glucose levels and partial restoration of pancreatic beta-cell damage by melatonin in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Arch Toxicol. 2006 Jun;80(6):362-9. Epub 2005 Dec 9.
4. Shiloah E, Rapoport MJ. Psychological stress and new onset diabetes. Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2006 Mar;3(3):272-5.
5. Agardh EE, Ahlbom A, Andersson T, Efendic S, Grill V, Hallqvist J, Norman A, Ostenson CG. Work stress and low sense of coherence is associated with type 2 diabetes in middle-aged Swedish women. Diabetes Care. 2003 Mar;26(3):719-24.
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