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Nutrition for a Glucose Imbalance

Diabetes
By Himanshu Sharma , Onlymyhealth editorial team / May 17, 2012
Nutrition for a Glucose Imbalance

Nutrition for a glucose imbalance: the easiest way to keep balanced glucose levels is through diet and slight lifestyle changes.

Nutrition for a Glucose Imbalance

Glucose imbalance is a condition in which the body loses the ability to manage glucose. If the body’s cells are resistant to insulin, the individual experiences higher than normal glucose levels. On the other hand, low blood sugar level is a consequence of body cells being too sensitive to insulin.

Glucose imbalance co-exists with nutrition. There may be a swing in glucose levels after a meal or after skipping a meal. Therefore, nutrition is an integral component to maintain normal blood sugar levels and the overall healthy being. There could be fluctuations in blood glucose levels throughout the day due to reasons such as food, stress and physical activity. Several fluctuations in blood glucose level beyond the normal limit are indicators of glucose imbalance.

Managing Insulin for Balanced Blood Sugar

  • Insulin is a hormone responsible to ascertain that blood sugar levels remain within the normal range.
  • Insulin opens channels on cell membranes to allow glucose transport from blood to the body cells.
  • Consumption of sugar enriched meal or carbohydrate-rich food could produce an excess of insulin to cause glucose imbalance.


Reasons for Glucose Imbalance

  • Diet rich in saturated fat, sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Foods deficient in fibre.
  • Stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
  • Impaired insulin production.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.
  • Stress.
  • Overweight.
  • History of type II diabetes mellitus.


Glucose Imbalance Symptoms

  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Feeling excessive thirst.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Persistent sweating.
  • Fatigue.
  • Mood swings.
  • Cravings for sweet foods.
  • Headaches.


Dietary Recommendations to Prevent Glucose Imbalance

  • Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, wheat pasta, vegetables, lentils, fruits and pulses are recommended to maintain blood glucose level.
  • Mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil, omega-3 fats from oily fish, linseeds, hempseeds, nuts and seeds should be included in the diet to prevent glucose imbalance.
  • Protein sources such as lean chicken, fish, eggs and yoghurt also ascertain normal blood glucose.
  • Dietary fibre in the form of whole grains, lentils, pulses, fruit and vegetables are advised to balance blood sugar.
  • Water, diluted fruit juices, organic vegetable juices and herbal teas should also be included in the diet to avert glucose imbalance.


Lifestyle Recommendations to Balance Blood Sugar

  • Spare some time for distressing entanglements such as yoga and aerobics on everyday basis.
  • Physical exercises are essential for blood glucose balancing. Physical activity should not always be intensive because even moderate activities help in balancing blood sugar levels.

 


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Glucose imbalance is a condition in which the body loses the ability to manage glucose. If the body’s cells are resistant to insulin, the individual experiences higher than normal glucose levels. On the other hand, low blood sugar level is a consequence of body cells being too sensitive to insulin.

Glucose imbalance co-exists with nutrition. There may be a swing in glucose levels after a meal or after skipping a meal. Therefore, nutrition is an integral component to maintain normal blood sugar levels and the overall healthy being. There could be fluctuations in blood glucose levels throughout the day due to reasons such as food, stress and physical activity. Several fluctuations in blood glucose level beyond the normal limit are indicators of glucose imbalance.

Managing Insulin for Balanced Blood Sugar

•    Insulin is a hormone responsible to ascertain that blood sugar levels remain within the normal range.
•    Insulin opens channels on cell membranes to allow glucose transport from blood to the body cells.
•    Consumption of sugar enriched meal or carbohydrate-rich food could produce an excess of insulin to cause glucose imbalance.

Reasons for Glucose Imbalance

•    Diet rich in saturated fat, sugar and carbohydrates.
•    Foods deficient in fibre.
•    Stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
•    Impaired insulin production.
•    Sedentary lifestyle.
•    Stress.
•    Overweight.
•    History of type II diabetes mellitus.

Glucose Imbalance Symptoms

•    Sleep deprivation.
•    Feeling excessive thirst.
•    Frequent urination.
•    Persistent sweating.
•    Fatigue.
•    Mood swings.
•    Cravings for sweet foods.
•    Headaches.

Dietary Recommendations to Prevent Glucose Imbalance

•    Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, wheat pasta, vegetables, lentils, fruits and pulses are recommended to maintain blood glucose level.
•    Mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil, omega-3 fats from oily fish, linseeds, hempseeds, nuts and seeds should be included in the diet to prevent glucose imbalance.
•    Protein sources such as lean chicken, fish, eggs and yoghurt also ascertain normal blood glucose.
•    Dietary fibre in the form of whole grains, lentils, pulses, fruit and vegetables are advised to balance blood sugar.
•    Water, diluted fruit juices, organic vegetable juices and herbal teas should also be included in the diet to avert glucose imbalance.

Lifestyle Recommendations to Balance Blood Sugar

•    Spare some time for distressing entanglements such as yoga and aerobics on everyday basis.
•    Physical exercises are essential for blood glucose balancing. Physical activity should not always be intensive because even moderate activities help in balancing blood sugar levels.

Written by
Himanshu Sharma
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamMay 17, 2012

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