How Understanding Blood Sugar Can Keep Us Fit and Healthy

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Understanding our bodies to achieve optimum health has never been as achievable as it has become this decade by searching for information online.

Although aimed at monitoring diabetes, there are blood sugar level machines out there – Photo by Kate on Unsplash

However, searching for verified and reliable information requires detective work, as various writers of books will tell us including Gary Taubes, Rudy Rivera, Roger Davis Deutsche, Dr John Mansfield and Harvey Diamond, all of whom have researched and written books that can contribute to their readers’ improved health.

Measuring and weighing ourselves are all very well but monitoring our blood sugar and keeping it steady has to be a plus – Photo by Gesina Kunkel on Unsplash

We are not given the information required to keep ourselves fit and healthy even if we ask specifically for it. For example, a patient wanting to lose weight would be far better served by doing their own research online before going out to seek help from a health professional, although articles such as this one in The Guardian still try to warn us against it by focusing on the risks rather than the benefits.

Even the healthiest looking meals out can raise our glucose levels high

To illustrate this point, medical care is entirely focused on diseases and suggesting cures without anyone mentioning how our bodies actually work. We came through the last decades of the twentieth century various disproven pieces of misinformation, primarily low fat and low calorie eating plans as discussed in this CNN article.

Restrictive diets have now been exposed for the fallacies that they are as our bodies are far more sophisticated then most of us give them credit for. One place to start looking for answers is in our ancestry and by understanding what people ate further back in history, long before soy flour was quietly added to supermarket bread to make it softer and last longer.

Sugar is at its most beneficial when we’re active outside

At this point, it is important to address how words such as fat and glucose have dual meanings and seem determined to confuse us. An author who brings the science together into one narrative in his books to look out for is Gary Taubes.

when you read between the gluten-free options and allergy statements, it’s possible to choose items you know are good for you

More websites contain useful information about managing glucose levels such as on Healthline. We have fat cells but we also have fatty acids, which are in our blood cells and move around our bodies to repair our organs and build our muscles. Also healthy fats are contained in certain foods. Whereas Glucose, to quote Wikipedia, is: “mainly made by plants and most algae during photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide, using energy from sunlight.” Meanwhile,  glucose is what gives us energy in our blood cells.

Where we live influences our entiire lifestyle and motivation to stay healthy

A search online will seem to only bring up information about disease prevention and detection, in particular reference to diabetes, which has become the scourge of a modern western diet. Finding real information, on the other hand, about staying healthy is much more difficult and requires real motivation. Motivation requires the knowledge that the right answers are out there and that, as we get older our insulin resistance increases.

Breakfast can be more filling without carbohydrates then the added quantity

The work is not done once you have confirmed for yourself that a low-fat diet is “undercooked science”, as The Verge writes. Our genetics will then determine variations on the general principle, which is why the “Elimination Diet” as written about by Dr John Mansfield is recommended to remove sensitivity to particular foods that are more difficult to avoid on a daily basis.

How we respond to different drinks, from beer, wine and rum through to soda and lime, fruit juice or non-alcoholic beers says a lot about our sugar tolerance

Those people who are healthy but think they cannot lose weight as they yo-yo diet through life could benefit from recognizing the signs of high blood sugar to learn to avoid foods which are not benefiting them. There is no one answer for everybody about the amount of carbohydrates their systems can tolerate as this is determined by our genetics but also our lifestyles.

Children can burn up plenty of energy outside that adult life doesn’t always match – Photo by Ashton Bingham on Unsplash

Young people with access to the outdoors and plenty of physical activity will burn the glucose from almost any carbohydrates, before they enter fat cells and become triglycerides or before they develop symptoms such as bloating, inflammation, weight gain, flatulence, headaches, hair loss and energy slumps or even depression. Conditions such as a constantly runny nose, mucus and acne could be sign of a dairy intolerance.

Dining out makes avoiding some foods including dairy, sugar and carbohydrates more challenging

One way to test how our bodies respond to carbohydrates (made by plants from water and carbon) is to experiment one day by having two different meals. For lunch, restrict your meal to just eggs, nuts, meat, fish or fowl and see how quickly you feel full. Then for your next meal, you could try eating some meat and some vegetables see how much it takes to feel full.

Alternatively, a sugar test can be taken from a hair sample, as Langton Smith Health‘s website explains or more companies today are providing DNA testing to help determine the lifestyle that best suits your genes such as DNAfit and 23andme.

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Sophie Sweatman
Born in south London and brought up in Surrey I had a very enjoyable social and active childhood and then got sent to boarding school where the only escape was team sports and music. I greatly enjoyed trying to predict number one records. My first published piece was in the school magazine, then after my O’levels I got the plum work experience job on the local paper and after a second attempt at house style, got all the wedding reviews printed that I had written up, plus a few extra pieces. This led me to a job offer at GQ magazine but my “housewife and mother” education was continued and I went to cookery school. I started work writing for a café and booking bands, which led to work experience at Lynne Franks PR, where I learnt to do music listings, putting me in good stead for 10 years of music promotion. I booked bands at the Laurel Tree in Camden in 1997 amongst various other places, some sadly gone. Some curdled mayonnaise later I went to an art college, which was part of the American College in London to do all sorts of art-based subjects and being taught English in American was interesting but they taught Harvard Referencing so well it was no bother and I got a top grade for a 10,000 word dissertation on music law focusing on George Michael’s court case against his record company. After looking for work in non-arty south west London I moved to Crouch End and had a painting exhibition in 1994. After working for the local paper I got into the London College of Communication to do a postgraduate in periodical journalism. This was followed by an industrial placement at the Camden New Journal, where I wrote health columns inspired by What Doctors Don’t Tell You a newsletter started by Lynne McTaggart that still goes today. The Camden New Journal also inspired me to do theatre reviews, which I did each week for the London Newspaper Groups stable of papers from 1998 til 2000. My thirties was spent on self-development, resulting in a good job by 2010, when I started planning a move out of London. With an unconditional place at London College of Communication to do an MA in Broadcast Journalism but instead I moved to Falmouth and did a Professional Writing MA. In Cornwall I write for various publications and work for a record company promoting musicians and local artists. I still read What Doctors Don’t Tell You and research on health, nutrition, ancient humanity, science and various other subjects.