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The rise and fall of sugar ;)

The rise and fall of sugar ;)

Worried that your fasting blood sugar was higher than the post-meal level, just relax! You’re neither alone nor abnormal.

Generally, fasting blood sugar (the value you get when you’re tested upon waking without any food intake) is also the baseline blood sugar level. But people with type 2 diabetes may have much higher morning blood sugars than the level they achieve after meals, for the rest of the day. So what spikes the blood sugar abnormally and how do you control it?

 FPG (fasting plasma glucose) test is the popular choice mainly because of its simplicity and low cost. In most cases it is accurate too. However, it is ideal that you get tested for both FPG and PP to understand how well you are managing your blood sugar. In fact, it is essential to focus on the number of hours a day your blood sugar lies in the range that causes complications (above 140 mg/dl or 7.7mmol/L). Obviously, if you start the day with a fasting level over 140 mg/dl, which goes up after each meal, then you are spending many hours a day in the danger zone. Some of the factors that raise fasting blood sugar levels are listed below.

sugar ride !!!

sugar ride !!!

 

High post-meal blood sugars

A high calorie/high carb meal results in excess glucose in the system, which cannot be metabolized easily. A heavy and late dinner is a common cause of elevated fasting blood glucose level.

 

Damaged basal insulin secretion

Irrespective of what you eat, tiny amounts of insulin are squirted into the blood stream in small pulses every Continue reading “The rise and fall of sugar ;)” »

Foods to Boost your Mood

Foods to Boost your Mood

Got the monday blues or everyday blues? Irritated and snapping at folks around you? Even if you’re not, would you say no to being in a better mood? One of the best ways to boost your mood is to …eat! Recent research on mood swings have actually shown that certain foods can boost your mood, making you relax and be more alert.

Not a guilty pleasure but a must-have staple

Not a guilty pleasure but a must-have staple

Are you depressed or often feel low? Craving for that intense sugar rush? Nine out ten times, you reach out for that tempting and mouth-watering candy or a can of coke to generate an instant spike in the your blood sugar. This definitely makes you feel high in good spirits but only for a little while. Instead, it’s better to control your blood sugar to prevent ups and downs, by eating consistently. This gives your body and brain a constant fuel supply. But before you reach for that packet of m&m’s  or serve yourself an extra scoop of rich chocolate chip ice cream, you might want to consider the healthier snack options to munch on. Making better choices will not only have you feeling better, but also help make sure you consume the right kind of calories.

Completely stressed out? Yes, is an obvious answer with our all-too hectic and busy lifestyles. When you feel the stress building up in your body and mind and lack motiviation to do anything, reach for that piece of chocolate stashed away. There you go, you heard right! Sugars are bad; but studies have shown that dark chocolate helps reduce stress hormones that tend to swarm our body. Just don’t go and gobble up a Continue reading “Foods to Boost your Mood” »