Local Health Brief: Blood Sugar Balance
A staggering 100 million U.S. adults have been living with diabetes or prediabetes according to a 2017 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Diabetes, which used to be a rarity, has now unfortunately become a common condition. Our sugary, toxic and stressed-out environment is likely to blame. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to health problems including heart attacks, stroke, vision loss, and nerve and kidney disease.
Our blood sugar, like our hormones, needs to be balanced. We need blood sugar, or glucose, for our cells to create energy, but too much on a daily basis can lead to a condition called insulin resistance. When an individual becomes insulin resistant, the glucose is unable to enter the cells properly because the cell receptor sites have become desensitized. The blood sugar then backs up and the excess sugar in the blood can make us feel miserable and tired. It can also make it more difficult to lose weight.
If one or more of the symptoms noted below are true for you, getting your blood sugar and A1C checked—reflecting your average blood sugar level for the past two or three months—is an important step in your health journey:
• Severe sugar and carb cravings
• Waist is equal or larger than hips
• Becoming lightheaded if you miss a meal
• Memory is not as good as it used to be
Dr. Chis Pate at Biosymmetry has been counseling patients for more than19 years on how to manage their blood sugars in order to feel energized again and lose weight. Pate is board certified in Obesity Medicine and is also a North American Menopause Society-certified menopause specialist. Locations: 265 Racine Dr., Wilmington and 2280 W. U.S. Hwy. 70, Goldsboro. For more information or to make an appointment, call 910-399-6661, email [email protected] or visit BioSymmetry.com.