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Dr. Corinne: The Diabetic Epidemic; What's Hiding behind Your Blood Sugar Levels?
Dr. Corinne Weaver : Aug 9, 2019 DrCorinneWeaver.com
Diabetes does not have to be a progressive disease and can be controlled or even reversed with just a few changes to your lifestyle habits. Even when you think you are exercising enough and eating the right foods, you may have been misinformed or maybe "in the dark" about products marketed for weight control.
You don't just wake up one day and become diabetic. In fact, there are virtually no symptoms that you may experience in the early or pre-diabetes stage. But then, one day your annual blood tests come back and your doctor tells you that your Glucose was too high and your Hemoglobin A1C was over 6.4%. What does that mean? Where does that come from? Why wasn't I warned? Now what? (Image: Testing blood sugar /Pixabay)
All these questions may be going through your head at the time, but what you are about to find out is that there are hidden factors behind medications, diets, the foods we eat, and even hormones that may be contributing to the rise of the diabetic epidemic.
Are medications to blame?
Did you know that statins are known to raise glucose levels? Statins are a medication used to lower cholesterol. In fact, on average, statins can increase fasting plasma glucose in non-diabetic statin users by 7 mg/dL, and in diabetics, statins increased glucose levels by 39 mg/dL.1 Statins raise your risk of diabetes by increasing your insulin levels and blood sugar by blocking the liver's ability to convert the starches you eat into cholesterol.2 Instead, the starches are returned to your blood stream which raises your sugars in the blood. Statins can more than double your risk of developing diabetes. Studies show, individuals who used statin drugs longer than two years are more than three times as likely to get the disease.3
Unfortunately, as of 2014, the American Diabetes Association calls for patients with diabetes to be put on a statin to lower the risk of heart disease. Your doctor may take into account other risk factors to determine which statin would be best for you based on blood pressure, cholesterol, age, etc. So, if you were not diabetic before going on a statin, how do you know if your diet is to blame or if the medication could have been the contributing factor to your elevated Glucose levels? There are many ways to reduce risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and even lowering cholesterol naturally just by changing a few things in your diet and exercise.
Do you know what you're drinking?
A simple way to cut out unneeded calories and sugar from the diet is to evaluate your beverage sources. Many research studies have shown that sugary drinks from soda, fruit juice, sweetened tea, and specialty coffee drinks can increase your risk of developing not just diabetes, but cause weight gain, inflammation, tooth decay and even cancer. Research shows that adults who routinely consume at least one can of soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages a day are 46 percent more likely to develop elevated blood-sugar levels than people who rarely or never drink cola.4 It's not just soda that can be a culprit to your daily sugar increase. Fruit juice can be just as bad. For example, the average 12-ounce soda contains roughly 35 to 45 grams of sugar. The same amount of orange juice comes in at about 30 grams! A study done by researchers from Sorbonne Paris Cite University, showed that the consumption of sugary soft drinks—including 100% fruit juice—was "significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer."5
Additives in your food
Studies have shown hyperglycemic effects of the common food additives, MSG and aspartame. Not only can they increase the risk of diabetes, but food additives and artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity, Alzheimer's, heart disease, autoimmune disease and even cancer. Animal studies have also shown that dietary MSG induces markers of insulin resistance, a direct cause of type 2 diabetes.6 Aspartame, on the other hand, has been shown to stimulate the rapid release of insulin and leptin, which are hormones that tell the brain when you are satisfied, regulate your metabolism and fat storage. Leptin is largely responsible for the accuracy of insulin signaling and whether or not you become insulin resistant.
When reading labels try to avoid processed foods and condiments with:
These additives are just to name a few. You may be more sensitive to additives than you think. If you are getting headaches, muscle aches, swelling, and/or any allergy type of symptoms after eating certain foods you may want to read the "other ingredient" section of the nutrition label to see if there are any additives in the product.
Understanding Glycemic Load
Different carbohydrates can affect your blood sugar in different ways. The way food makes your blood sugar rise is dependent on what is called its glycemic index. The Glycemic Index is based on a scale from 0-100, the lower the number the slower the food makes your blood sugar rise. However, the glycemic index does not take into account the carbohydrates contained in the food. Therefore, the glycemic load is a calculation using the glycemic index of the food and the amount of carbohydrates. Using the glycemic load can give you a better idea of the quality of the food. Again, the lower the number the better it is.
A low glycemic load diet is not as restrictive as you may think. Researching lists of low glycemic load foods is available on the web however, here are some vegetables and fruits to consider with the lowest carbohydrate content:
Are you testing enough?
The best way to know what your blood sugar level is, is to monitor your blood tests. You can test for glucose every day but this value will fluctuate. You should also be testing your Hemoglobin A1C as well. If you note any trends with the numbers, keep going up. Then you'll need to take a closer look at your lifestyle choices. Significant improvements can be seen in just a few weeks! It is also advisable to do a urinalysis test every 6 months if you are over 30. A comprehensive blood test with a hair tissue mineral analysis should be done initially and repeated once a year to monitor other metabolic factors in the blood to include kidney function, liver function, digestion and other areas that may need improved and or optimized for your health overall.
Supplements for Diabetes
Deficiencies can be corrected easily with proper supplementation. Diabetics should be on common vitamins such as Vitamin C, Fish Oil, Magnesium, and Vitamin E. Other nutrients to consider would be Niacin, Vanadium, Chromium Picolinate or whatever else is indicated by your comprehensive testing. Dosages of vitamins and minerals depend largely on the individual and can change over time depending on improvements noted when retesting of blood work is performed. I put most of my patients on my 4-week Blood Sugar Bootcamp. If you want more details on this you can visit here. Stop guessing at what is causing your numbers to go up. Get on a precise plan tailored to exactly what you need.
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Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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