The way we eat today will affect how our bodies, are able to not only digest food, but balance out any glucose (sugar), that we take in as fuel. More and more, doctors are noticing that anyone who utilizes simple carbs and sugars to get through their days, are becoming insulin resistant, as they age.
Are You On The Road To Type 2 Diabetes?
Definition: Insulin resistance is not a disease as such but rather a state or condition in which a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in the body.
Think about it. Whether you “look” like someone who might be susceptible to insulin resistance or not, you are. Just when I thought my health was increasing to much higher levels, was racing for Team USA, and feeling great- I had blood work done that told me otherwise. I was insulin sensitive. My pancreas was showing signs, that if I continued on the current path (or path I was on, years prior to cleaning things up) I too would be ‘on the road to diabetes.’
Left untreated, glucose not balanced by insulin, can build up in our blood and harm the blood vessels in your eyes, kidneys, and heart, in a condition called type 2 diabetes.
Crazy, I know. I had eaten amazing for years, done everything I thought I was supposed to do, but I was still consuming simple carbs and sugary type foods during my endurance training for multisport. I thought, what I did “most” of the time, made up for what I did some of the time. In other words, eating great salads, appropriate amounts of protein and exercising 5-6 days a week wasn’t completely reversing the damage I had done for years. There were a few things that I was still doing, that was still triggering an adverse reaction from my body. The glucose consumed as “fast energy” during my workouts was pushing my pancreas and body to the limits, and not just to build better muscles. It was also struggling to keep my blood sugar balanced and slowly my body was becoming insulin sensitive. This meant, without major changes, I would have diabetes, like so many others I know. But that was NOT what I was working so hard for and began to make upgrades to my life immediately and have seen great results.
Take a close look at all facets of your life and see how you make simple upgrades! By balancing my daily blood sugar I am able to allow my body to become more reactive to glucose when it needs to be and stave off a full insulin resistance. Phew. Is it easy? No. But it can be simple and far better than living with full blown Diabetes.
START TODAY – take a close look at your overall food consumption. Not just cane sugar, but other forms of sugar, alcohol, simple carbohydrates, and more. They all drive your overall blood sugar up.
So WHAT CAN I DO? For starters, limit or eliminate sugar from your diet. If concerned or interested, talk with your health care provider and have your blood work tested for insulin resistance. Focus on maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, with healthy fats and fiber added to every meal. Keep exercising, sleeping well, and taking care of yourself.
Have other questions? Reach out to me. You are not alone. EVERYONE deserves to truly LIVE ALIVE FIT!