Glucose–Energizer and the the Silent Killer
One author, who writes often for the American Diabetic Association, describes glucose like gasoline to an automobile. All of our cells use glucose. It is our primary source of energy.
When our car’s gas tank is empty ‘it don’t run’, our body reacts in a similar fashion without glucose causing our energy to plummet. When glucose is properly utilized by the Mitochondria within our cells, abundant energy is produced. There is a point however, when our cells say “enough glucose already.” At that point the cells have all they can use and the excess glucose accumulates in our blood stream – not good.
The bad news starts when the excess glucose creates an oxidative and inflammatory environment. This excess glucose converts into triglycerides and is stored as body fat or arteriosclerotic plaque in our blood vessels. The worst case “bottom line” here would end up with a fat dead person.
Were people to continue filling their car’s tank they would find when it reaches the full point, attempting to pump more gas into the tank would create a wet, stinking mess.
People keep eating sweets and filling their bodies with glucose and have little regard for the deadly consequences because the too-much point is all internal. There is no external wet, stinky puddle to stand in.
Even slightly elevated levels of glucose create deadly effects. In the past, allopathic medicine has tended to be slow in recognizing that any excess glucose can set up lethal metabolic pathologies which underlie nearly all age-related diseases and degeneration.
It is possible even now for people to suffer and die from diabetic-like complications without ever knowing that their blood glucose levels are destroying their health
.Some healthcare practitioners have recently argued that nearly all aging persons have elevated blood sugar. This is considered a controversial position although mainstream medicine has consistently lowered the threshold for “safe” blood sugar levels.
Physicians commonly see fasting glucose levels over 100 mg/dL in all aging adults. Many patients say that their physicians have told them not to panic when the levels are moderately over 100 mg/dL. The debate over what is considered a “safe” glucose level has been raging for decades.
Twice between 1979 and 1997, the medical establishment dictated that a criterion for diagnosis of diabetes was a fasting blood glucose reading of 140 mg/dL or higher. In 1997 the threshold was revised to 126 mg/dL. At that time, the American Diabetes Association called 110 mg/dl fasting blood glucose levels “impaired”.
We now know that persons with glucose levels above 85 mg/dL are at increased risk of heart attacks, kidney impairment, cancer, eye damage, and other diseases related to aging. Even normal aging predisposes us to metabolic complications as a result of elevated blood sugar levels. The “bottom line” here folks is less sugar intake = longer life.
WHAT IS YOUR FASTING GLUCOSE LEVEL? HAVE YOU CHECKED LATELY?
IF NOT, DO SO NOW!!!!!
The Center for Disease Control states diabetes diagnosis will triple by the year 2050. This factor of three times was arrived at in conjunction with the CDC’s study of the rise in obesity.
To restate the above: excess glucose (sugar) = a fat dead person.
Ann Albright, the CDC’s director of the Diabetes Division stated, however, that a large number of diabetes cases are preventable. (Is this cognitive dissonance [conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously] or wishful thinking…by stating diabetes will triple but is preventable.)
Some healthcare practitioners conclude that more than 75 % of persons over 50 years of age are suffering from some degree of pre-diabetic-related disorder inflicted by elevated blood sugar levels. Research is showing that modestly elevated “normal” glucose increases disease risk.
Failing to recognize these facts and take action dooms us to suffer a plethora of degenerative conditions that are largely preventable. Another “bottom line”:
- Eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables instead of processed food.
- Read labels – sugar (including the sugar substitute called high fructose corn syrup) is in almost everything.
- Eliminate sugar (note to self – get real – that’s not going to happen) then at least decrease its consumption by 50% as a start.
- Get a fasting blood glucose test every 4 to 6 months and keep doing so until a 50 mg/dL level is attained
In future Health Tips, we will describe the metabolic mechanisms that cause these diseases as well as mention some remedies and preventative strategies.
Lewis Connor, D.C.
California’s Leading Headache Expert
as seen on NBC’s “Wellness Secrets TV” show
*The information in Healthy Tips from Dr. Lew is not intended as a substitute for personal medical advice. Before making any decision regarding your health, please consult a physician or other qualified healthcare practitioner.