Sugar Appeal

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 22, 2013 IN: Fashion Health

Sugar High

Wearing Talbot’s Lace Sheath, Stella & Dot Necklace, J.Crew Everly T-Strap and Kate Spade Straw Hat

Has the system failed us?  Do we need to make an appeal?  About sugar, that is! The sugar verdict is frustrating and predictable if one doesn’t make their health and wellness matter.  Last week’s blog post on sugar leads us to a further discussion about sugar or glucose in the body.

Do you know your blood sugar value?  Have you had an A1C blood test to determine your blood sugar level? Fasting blood sugar levels should be measured six to eight hours after eating.  The measurement is milligrams of glucose per one-tenth liter (mg/dL) of blood:

  • Less than 109 mg/dL:  Normal
  • 110-125 md/dL: Fasting blood glucose/borderline, pre-diabetes
  • 126 mg/dL and over: Diabetes Type 2Diabetes1

Watch video animation of what causes diabetes to occur in the body:

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body either does not produce or cannot properly use the pancreatic hormone insulin. Insulin controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood and the rate at which glucose is absorbed into the cells. The cells need glucose to produce energy.  The brain’s only food is glucose, therefore, the level of glucose must be maintained at a certain minimum for the brain to function normally. Over time high blood sugar levels can hurt many parts of your body, such as your skin, mouth, kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and feet.  It can even cause death.

Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable chronic disease, if not managed, can cause debilitating, life-threatening complications such as heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.  Research has shown that lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity, changes in diet and a modest reduction in weight can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes and other preventable chronic conditions.

Type 2 diabetes – the most common type of diabetes – is one of the biggest challenges facing African American women.  One in 4 African American women older than 55 has diabetes.  African American women also have high rates of at least two of diabetes’ most serious complications:  amputation (such as toe or foot removed) and kidney failure.

Some of the signs/symptoms of Diabetes:

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You can’t control some risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as your age, race, or family history.  But you can prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes by taking these steps:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat low-fat well balanced meals (certain foods spike your blood sugar level).
  • Make physical activity a habit.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day.

Are you giving yourself a fair trial?  Are you taking responsibility for your health and wellness that will increase your chances of leading a more productive and satisfying life?

Comments

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  • April Swann

    Eugenia
    That was a good informative about Type2 diabetes and how one can reduce their incidence of this disease by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying on top of health by getting the proper tests. This disease can impact us in so many ways and glad you are increasing the Awareness! My mother was a diabetic but after lifestyle changes throughout the years, exercising, weight loss and staying on top of her disease she’s currently controlled with no meds! yay! Great post! 🙂

  • April, thank you for sharing about how your mother overcame being a diabetic, as you mentioned lifestyle modifications is key.