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.
LifeSource Vitamins 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).
LifeSource Vitamins 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, like
sugar, which is fuel for energy, is distributed around your body. This
activity requires the 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
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 maintaining 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.
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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 medications can cause low blood sugar levels.
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
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 their 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
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 (hyperglycemia)*
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 blood sugar.
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 sugar problems:
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
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 nerves.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)*
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 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
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 hypoglycemia 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)
Maintaining adequate 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.
Clinically speaking, 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 you eat.
Things that may affect Hyperglycemia:
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 a strong linkage between psychological stress