Blood Sugar Regulation
From a medical standpoint, normal blood glucose levels have a broad range of 65 to 105, while functional or optimal blood glucose level ranges are 85 to 99. According to the American Diabetic Association, a fasting blood sugar level reading of 106 to 126 is termed “insulin resistance” or “pre-diabetes,” and anything above a reading of 127 is diabetes.
Granted, those are fasting blood glucose levels and it is important to note that because many times we will see patients who have been tested and we’ll ask them if they’ve fasted before their test and they will tell us, “No.” You need at least a 12-hour fast, which means absolutely no food, no drinking orange juice or coffee or anything! All that you should have is just water for 12 hours before your test, so you can get an accurate reading of your blood glucose levels.
Supporting hypothyroidism is futile if your blood sugar level is too high or too low.
A reading below 65 would be termed hypoglycemia, a reading below 85 would be termed reactive hypoglycemia and a reading above 99 would be termed hyperglycemia. Either high or low blood sugar levels are called, dysglycemia which is a stepping-stone to diabetes. Diabetes is becoming so prevalent in the United States that authorities are predicting that it may bankrupt the healthcare system.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level repeatedly drops too low in response to high carbohydrate foods. Refined sugar is a good example of a high carbohydrate food. Hypoglycemia can also be a result of going too long without eating: and too many Americans are skipping breakfast.
If your fasting blood sugar is below 85, it’s important that you eat every two to three hours. You should have a breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and a light snack before bedtime. We prefer to have people eat a snack or meal that consists of protein, healthy carbohydrates, and some fat. The snack can be vegetables, fruit, nuts, and/or seeds but it SHOULD be something healthy. We prefer that the snack be more than simple sugars, which is often what people gravitate towards for a snack.
Insulin resistance is high blood sugar that hasn’t yet reached the point of diabetes. It’s called “pre-diabetes” and is a result of the cells becoming resistant to insulin. Insulin is important for getting sugar into cells. Essentially insulin opens the doors of the cells to let glucose (blood sugar) into the cells. So sugar in the cell is good, but once the cell has gotten the amount of glucose it needs, the cell locks the doors to prevent too much glucose from coming into the cell.
This, in very simple terms, is insulin resistance. The more insulin resistant the cells become the harder it is to get glucose into your cells. Without glucose, the cells of your body don’t have the structure to make energy.
You need glucose in your cells to make energy. It’s a vital, important part of life. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. The primary fuels are oxygen and properly regulated glucose. Since properly regulated glucose is critical for fueling the cells of the body, any and every system of the body is compromised when you have dysglycemia.
Any excess sugar that can’t be used by the cell is converted into fat. The process of turning glucose into fat demands an increased amount of energy causing you to feel tired after eating. You will typically find this occurs after high carbohydrate meals filled with white bread, pasta, and refined sugar.
There are quite a few lab tests we can look at besides fasting glucose to evaluate blood sugar regulation. These include: HA1C, Insulin, LDH, and Triglycerides, among others.
When your doctor tells you your triglyceride levels are going up, what you should be thinking is that you have blood sugar regulation problems. Most people we talk with think their triglyceride levels are associated with fat consumption not carbohydrate consumption.
It is literally impossible to support hypoglycemia or insulin resistance unless you eat a healthy breakfast with ample high-quality protein. You need to eat protein in the morning, not carbohydrates. You need to eat eggs, you need to eat lean meat such as pastured turkey or chicken. You need to eat protein in order to support your blood sugar levels.
Even if you feel nauseous first thing in the morning upon waking, eating breakfast is critical and eating a breakfast of high protein will most likely relieve your nausea. By the way, if you have hypoglycemia you should NEVER fast. It will make matters much worse!
It is too in depth to go into in this article, but just understand that poor blood sugar regulation drives up inflammation in the body, disrupting thyroid physiology. The key take away is that properly regulated blood sugar is critical to proper function in the body, especially thyroid function.
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