apple and bunMost people know that diabetes is a serious blood sugar problem. However, for many people a blood sugar imbalance can be a niggling health problem that just makes them feel not as great as they could do.

Do you recognise any of these symptoms?

  • sugar/carbohydrate cravings
  • pre-menstrual syndrome
  • headaches
  • night time waking, particularly between 4-5am
  • irritability, poor concentration or shakiness when a meal is missed
  • fatigue
  • energy dips, particularly after lunch or 3-4pm
  • weight gain around the middle, with a waist – hip ratio greater than 0.8 for women or 1 for men
  • difficulty getting up in the morning

Glucose (sugar) is the primary fuel for the body and under normal circumstances it is transported from the liver to the cells, via the bloodstream at a steady rate appropriate to the body's needs, whether you are relaxing or exercising. For some people problems may arise with this process leading to dysglycaemia, or blood sugar imbalance. This can cause you to feel just not quite right, however, an ongoing blood sugar imbalance can lead to long-term health problems including:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Poly cystic ovary syndrome
  • Non-alcoholic fatty live diseases
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes in 2012 and WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Furthermore, in 2007 the number of people globally with impaired glucose tolerance was 308 million this is estimated to increase to 418 million by 2025.


These are startling facts for a condition that is largely preventable. The good news is that small changes to your diet can help to balance blood sugar levels and improve energy, regulate weight and mood and generally make you feel better about yourself. Recent research (1) has also demonstrated that the correct dietary changes can help to reduce the risk of diabetes.

How can NutriJen help you?
By assessing your health history and reviewing your food diary I can devise a personalised nutrition plan that will show you:

  • how and when to eat correctly
  • foods that will help to maintain your blood sugar levels
  • foods to avoid

I can support you in making these changes that will improve your overall health and well-being and increase energy and vitality.

 

Reference

1. Von Bibra H, Wulf G, St John Sutton M, Pfützner A, Schuster T, Heilmeyer P (2014) Low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet improves diastolic cardiac function and the metabolic syndrome in overweight-obese patients with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Cardiology Metabolic & Endocrine, 2: 11-18.