The amount of glucose in your blood, your blood sugar, plays a major role in both short and long-term health. It’s pretty important! When everything functions normally, your bloodstream carries glucose, assisted by insulin, to fuel every cell in your body. Maintaining the right levels of blood sugar aids in controlling weight, staying energetic and minimizing risk of numerous medical problems, like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Glucose, insulin and your health
When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down by your digestive system into various sugars. While insulin basically opens the doors on cells so glucose can provide them with energy, fructose is much less healthy as it has to undergo other processes too. Once your cells get the glucose they need, the leftover sugar is carried by insulin through the bloodstream to other parts of the body to be converted to fat and stored.
Unhealthy eating, an inactive lifestyle and other factors can disrupt the balance of glucose and insulin, leading to problems like insulin resistance, high blood pressure and more. Since your body is interconnected, one problem, like insulin resistance, is a stepping stone for many more. Avoiding insulin resistance is one of the goals of the Olumia Life program.
Blood sugar and prediabetes
Since insulin and glucose are so connected, and diabetes is generally to do with insulin sensitivity, it’s easy to see the connection to blood sugar as well. While there are numerous factors beyond your control concerning your risk of diabetes, like age and race, there are lots and lots of other ways to help yourself avoid finding yourself on that path.
The first thing is to avoid prediabetes, the middle ground between health and full-blown diabetes. This is when your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not at the levels of diabetes.
When someone has prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.”
How to keep you and your blood sugar healthy
Apart from weight, family history and genetics, the exact causes of prediabetes aren’t completely known. That said, studies have shown a connection between prediabetes and inactivity as well as excess abdominal fat, i.e., a gut. The first steps to how to help yourself are far from secrets, miracle cures or other gimmicks; you just need to get active, eat healthy and sleep well. A combination of exercises has been to show be more effective at gut-busting than any one thing in isolation. In fact, the right type, variety, order, and progression of exercise can be very useful.
The Olumia Life personal training program provides an effective approach to this. Beyond periods of exercise, though; it’s important to reduce your periods of inactivity. Watching TV, if done for hours at a time, can be extremely problematic. A sedentary lifestyle in general is quite unhealthy, but even just standing instead of sitting can help.
When it comes to a healthy diet, avoiding foods with lots of sugar and highly processed foods are two easy ways to make an impact. Replacing the sugar and excess carbs in your diet with more fruits, vegetables and good sources of protein will help you stay energized and allow your body to operate more efficiently.
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