BEYOND NUMBERS: HIGH GLUCOSE LEVELS & THEIR INSIGHTS INTO INFLAMMATION, STRESS & METABOLIC FUNCTION
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A crucial aspect of maintaining optimal health, is blood glucose levels, which serves as a significant indicator of our metabolic well-being. Beyond its association with diabetes, by knowing and understanding your glucose numbers, you are able to take proactive steps to maintain or improve your metabolic function, reduce inflammation and manage stress, thereby promoting overall well-being and longevity.
Glucose Levels and Inflammation
Glucose is the body’s main source of energy. When glucose levels are high, the body produces excess free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and tissues. This damage can lead to inflammation. Inflammation is a natural immune response to injury, infection or harmful stimuli. However, chronic inflammation can damage cells and tissues and increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. High glucose levels have been identified as a potential trigger for inflammation, acting as a key player in the development of insulin resistance and subsequent release of pro-inflammatory molecules. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. When the body is resistant to insulin, glucose builds up in the blood which then leads to further inflammation.
Vitruvian Wellness recommendations:
Eating a healthy diet (Nutritional Therapy)
Quitting smoking (Clinical Hypnotherapy)
Limiting alcohol intake
Glucose Levels and Stress
The body’s response to stress is a complex physiological reaction designed to help us cope with challenging situations. However, chronic stress can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to dysregulation of various systems, including glucose metabolism. The “fight or flight” response triggers the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which prompts the liver to break down glycogen, a form of stored glucose, and then release this stored glucose into the bloodstream for energy. Prolonged stress can lead to a continuous elevation of glucose levels, as the body’s demand for energy remains heightened. Over time, this can contribute to insulin resistance and impair the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar effectively.
Vitruvian Wellness treatment recommendations:
Eating a healthy diet (Nutritional Therapy)
Glucose and Poor Metabolic Function
Metabolism is the process by which the body converts food into energy. When glucose levels are high, the body has to work harder to break down glucose and use it for energy. This can lead to fatigue, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. Monitoring glucose levels can offer valuable insights into how well the body processes and utilises energy. Elevated fasting glucose levels and impaired glucose tolerance indicate the body’s struggle to regulate blood sugar effectively, hinting at the development of metabolic dysfunction. High glucose levels can damage the cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin. When the pancreas is damaged, it can lead to insulin resistance, which means that the body is less able to use glucose for energy. This can lead to further increases in glucose levels and poor metabolic function. In addition, high glucose levels can
damage the cells in the liver, muscles, and kidneys. Recognising these early markers allows for proactive interventions, such as lifestyle medications and target therapies, to mitigate the progression toward more severe metabolic disorders.
Vitruvian Wellness treatment recommendation:
Naturopathy – To diagnose organ dysfunction
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