FINDING YOUR OPTIMAL SUGAR LEVEL
27 October 2013
If you are over 50
It is important to DISCOVER YOUR OPTIMAL sugar level. It is the level you are most comfortable with while going about your daily activities.
It is the amount of blood glucose at which you do not experience irritability, lethargy, aggressive or paranoid feelings or unusual coldness. If you are not experiencing any of these symptoms You are at your OPTIMAL LEVEL.
Nothing to do with diabetes
Their would be far less violence and killings involving family members if we all had fairly stable blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, the modern lifestyle we probably all seek is not conducive to having a consistently good blood sugar level, unless we address the problem and try to work on it.
To try and reduce or raise blood sugars by medication would be foolish because your still healthy Pancreas will attempt to keep your blood sugar at your optimal level, as the medications are trying to get it down.
This is because our body is made to use food to balance our blood sugar and not foreign substances such as drugs. If you take diabetes medication, over time the Pancreas will be over-powered and begin to fail. It will be almost time to say goodbye to your family.
However, if you need to reduce weight by all means do, but slowly with no date in mind to accomplish your goal. As your weight reduces you may find that your optimal blood sugar has come down a little. If not don't fret about it. Up to 14 mmols/L is okay despite what your doctor recommends-below a dangerous 6mmols/L.
Keep in mind that 14mmols/L is a number and not a medical fact. You may feel, after being attentive and observant that 16 or more is your optimal level which is also okay.
At the end of the day
It is your optimal range which is vital to your mental and physical health, to enable you live each day free of dangerous hypoglycemic symptoms. It is far more important than any blood sugar level, or any scallywaggy G.P's idea of 'normal.
Sugar levels are NOT A FACTOR in diagnosing diabetes.
New optimal blood level
Over time, you may discover that because of light exercise, reduced carbohydrates and consuming fruit and vegetables now and then has brought your Optimal level down.
Avoid being tempted to reduce weight fast
It is vitally important you don't try to force blood sugar levels down with medication.
Diabetes drugs will bring your sugar down quickly. The problem is that no one can command a drug to reduce blood sugar by such and such an amount. It will do its own thing and reduce your sugar level below your optimal – way below.
Drugs are a dangerous short cut
If you begin, or continue using medication to lower your blood glucose level, they will lead you into the world of Hypoglycemia.
“If blood sugar levels drop too low, a potentially fatal condition called hypoglycemia develops. Symptoms may include lethargy, impaired mental functioning; irritability; shaking, twitching, weakness in arm and leg muscles; pale complexion; sweating; paranoid or aggressive mentality and loss of consciousness. Brain damage is even possible.
Symptoms you may have when your blood sugar gets too low include:
Double vision or blurry vision
Fast or pounding heartbeat
Feeling cranky or acting aggressive
Shaking or trembling
Tingling or numbness of the skin
Tiredness or weakness
It is far more dangerous to have too little glucose in the blood than too much, even temporarily.
In healthy individuals, natural blood glucose-regulating mechanisms are quite effective, and hypoglycemia is generally found only in people on diabtes medications especially insulin or other pharmacological treatment.
Hypoglycemic episodes can vary greatly between persons and from time to time, both in severity and swiftness of onset.
For severe cases, prompt medical assistance is essential, as damage to brain and other tissues and even death may result from sufficiently low blood-glucose levels”.
A generally consistent OPTIMAL blood glucose level is desired. Greatly helping you to avoid health problems as you grow older. You could well become a centenarian instead of meeting death at age 70 or less because you trusted your doctor.