We all know the damage sugar can do to our health, and we should seriously take control of the amount we eat daily to ensure our sugar is in place. It does not take too much really, just be smart with what you eat, and some simple lifestyle changes are all we need.
The food industry is being under fire for the amount of added sugar to cereals and ready meals, especially children’s meals, thereby damaging the tastebuds. So we as parents need to look into what we give our children, and really ‘CATCH THEM YOUNG’ when it comes to controlling sugar intake in children.
How do we know about our blood sugar level? It is by simply getting the necessary blood test that indicates our sugar level. Unfortunately, if we are on borderline, there are no symptoms to alert us, so we really need to take care of and request a blood test from our GP. Depending on our age, a regular blood test should be carried out within a minimum of three years interval. A regular blood test does not only determine blood sugar level, but it does also tell us the situation of the health of other vital organs in the body like heart, liver, kidney as well pancreas.
Finding out one’s blood sugar level is essential because of the possible damage to our blood vessels. If our blood sugar level is high, although we might not have reached the diabetic level, it can damage our blood vessels, making us susceptible to stroke, dementia (vascular dementia), and heart problem.
Simple, But Effective Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle changes are all that is necessary to reverse the effect of both borderline and full-blown diabetics. Simple and careful about what we eat and drink will help cut down our weight for instance. Refined carbs like biscuits, cakes, chocolates and candy is a no-go area if we are on the borderline. Even if we are not, we should still be careful and only eat these occasionally. Then starchy foods like potatoes, white rice, and white bread can make us gain weight, and we should be careful with them.
Other Key Factors
Other important considerations to our blood sugar level
Truncal Obesity, i. e. storing fats around the stomach area. An average waist for a male is 40 inches and 35 inches for females. If this higher, what it means is that one stores fat in the middle area, even you are in the average weight, then one is deemed to be obese in the trunk area.
Overweight or Obese – One is overweight if one has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of greater than 25, while Obese is a BMI of greater than 30.
A family history of type 2 diabetes – anyone with a family history of diabetes seems to run in the family, such have a high risk. The good news is that this can be reversed easily by having a healthy lifestyle.
One has high blood pressure and poor cholesterol level. When a person has high cholesterol, then the heart needs more power to pump the blood, therefore creating a high blood pressure for the person.
A individual of Middle Eastern, African/Caribbean or Asian background has a higher risk of diabetic. It is believed this is due to genetic factor and of course diet.
A woman with ‘polycystic ovary syndrome, (usually associated with irregular periods etc) or those who have had very large babies.
You can contact your GP for the needed help and support, which among others will include NHS Health Check, Blood Test, and treatment resulting from the tests. You
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