After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a preteen, I’ve tried to stabilize my blood sugars over the years, but keeping them happy is essentially a full-time job. It’s easy to get exasperated when things fall out of whack, especially as our blood sugars impact our overall well-being!
Whether or not you have diabetes or a blood sugar condition, here are six reasons managing your blood sugar levels will contribute to your overall health and well-being:
1. You'll have more energy.
Ever feel that high octane boost right after eating something sweet, followed by a downward crash? Well, that’s basically your trusty pancreas getting nudged to produce an overload of insulin. This mechanism works to compensate for the high dose of sugar entering your bloodstream (with type 1 diabetes, we need to inject insulin for this).
You get a fleeting hit of energy and then boom, blood sugars go bonkers and plummet. Which makes you feel lethargic and possibly hungry all over again. Keeping a steady stream of energy involves multiple snacks or meals throughout the day, preferably of the low glycemic, whole foods variety.
2. Blood sugar imbalances can worsen symptoms of PMS.
When our lovely hormones fluctuate, blood sugars often follow suit. And dysglycemia, or blood sugar imbalance, can easily exacerbate PMS symptoms. Particularly if we experience some emotionally-charged ups and downs around that time of the month.
3. Balanced blood sugars aid in digestion.
Just like stress, blood sugar whirlwinds can halt our digestive juice flow. Delayed stomach emptying, or gastroparesis, is commonly linked with diabetes and poor blood sugar regulation. Balancing your blood sugar levels is key for digestive health.
4. High blood sugar can cause damage to our organs and nerves.
When blood sugars run high over an extended period of time, it can inflict major damage to our organs and nerves. Prolonged high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can also lead to type 2 diabetes, which is why we’re constantly reminded to limit our intake of high sugary, refined and processed junk foods.
5. Blood sugar imbalance causes the release of stress hormones.
Stressful situations, along with low blood sugar, trigger a response from the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and adrenaline.
This process ends up raising blood sugars. When the body works overtime to balance stress and blood sugars, adrenal fatigue and suppressed immunity start wreaking havoc. Yuck.
6. A balanced body leads to a better life outlook.
Overall, blood sugar imbalances can really dampen vitality and extinguish our drive for fun. Coasting on an even blood sugar keel will help keep us happy as well as focused on goal reaching and ball juggling!