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Roller Coaster Ride of Blood Sugars

Glucose (the sugar in our blood) is essential to health because it is required for ATP production, the energy molecule that every cell in our body needs to function. The two major hormones that are involved in blood sugar regulation are insulin and glucagon. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas when blood sugar levels rise, either by ingestion of food or glucagon release. Glucagon is released when blood sugars are low and converts stored glycogen (stored glucose) and fat in glucose.

Abnormally high, low or unstable glucose levels (dysglycemia) can be attributed to a variety of causes such as:

  • Hereditary
  • A diet high in unhealthy fats, sugars and processed food and a diet lacking in certain vitamins and minerals.
  • Stress
  • Low thyroid function
  • Gut microbiome
  • oestrogen and progesterone

High sugar levels can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Skin problems- hyperglycaemia affects the healing ability of the body to injuries and infections, as the supply of oxygen and nutrients is impaired.
  • Mood disorders-fluctuations in blood sugar levels directly affects the mind and can bring about negative changes in mood.
  • Depression-Fluctuations in blood sugar can disturb the brains ability to manufactures neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine and GABA
  • Disrupt sex hormone synthesis.

Sometimes dietary and lifestyle changes and the help of nutritional supplements are all you need to get your blood sugar levels back in balance. If you think that your blood sugars are a bit out of whack, make an appointment with one of our qualified practitioners at the Herbal Dispensary to get some professional help.