Did you know that high blood sugar is a leading contributor to countless diseases in the United States? It’s been called a silent epidemic because so many Americans have blood sugar issues and either have no idea or are not doing anything about it even though they know they have chronically high blood sugar.
Having high blood sugar leads to diabetes. In fact, high blood sugar is so common now there is even a garden variety diagnosis for it called “Pre-Diabetes.” This is the medical way of saying you don’t have diabetes yet but your just about too. This is dangerous because high blood sugar is linked to cancer, auto-immune disease, chronic inflammation and many, many other health conditions.
The most common way American doctors treat diabetes or high blood sugar is through medication that lowers blood sugar. The patient will typically receive some diet counseling and then off they go to take the drug the rest of their life. This is silly because for many people the cause of the high blood sugar is what is going in their mouth in the first place!
To put it in the simplest terms eating carbs causes blood sugar to spike. This is a physiological fact. Thus in order to lower blood sugar the first thing to do is eat less carbs! But we can take it a step further and this is the 1 change you can make to greatly improve your bodies ability to regulate blood sugar.
Eat all your daily calories in a 6-8 hour window.
Yes this will mostly likely mean skipping breakfast. This sounds hard for most people but after the initial shock most peoples bodies get used to this in 1-3 weeks. Anyone who has read my blog posts before knows that I like specific reasons for my recommendations. The reason this will help regulate blood sugar is because it allows the body more time to clear sugar from the blood between meals and will give your body long enough between meals that it will actually start to eat away at the fat reserves accumulated due to excess sugar in the blood. This increases how sensitive your body is to insulin(how well it uses insulin to clear blood sugar). The more sensitive your body is to insulin the better.
When you body is more sensitive to insulin it becomes easier to manage weight, you have less inflammation and your energy levels stay higher and are more even than when your blood sugar is a constant roller coaster. What you eat is important too and I will go over that in another post but assuming you are eating a relatively balanced diet eating your calories in a smaller window can really help people with pre and full blown diabetes.
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