As I stated in my previous newsletter, Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by insulin resistance along with one or more of the following:  obesity, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, glucose intolerance, and high blood pressure.  Insulin resistance is the mbsresult of the pancreas having to over secrete insulin to bring down glucose levels that are going too high.  Insulin’s job is to lower glucose and carry it into the cells to be used for energy.  Over time however, the cells tire and “resist” accepting the insulin.  This creates a stress response within the body and is a precursor to diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The fact that these are at epidemic levels speaks to the severity of the problem.  Managing blood sugar is the key to getting this under control.  It is important to note that while fasting glucose could be normal, it is still possible to have a high fasting insulin, which indicates one is going in the wrong direction.  Both tests need to be done.  Glucose can go too high by eating the wrong foods, primarily refined sugar and flour products.  Diet must be addressed to make progress with this problem.

Symptoms of blood sugar imbalances

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Frequent urination
  3. Dry mouth
  4. Slow healing
  5. Dry itchy skin
  6. Hunger
  7. Abdominal fat
  8. Decreased cognition
  9. Stomach problems
  10. Nerve problems

Dietary guidelines

  1. Eliminate refined sugar and flour products
  2. Eliminate artificial sugars and high fructose corn syrup
  3. Don’t eat carbohydrates alone
  4. Eat smaller meals but don’t skip meals
  5. Combine foods to manage glucose
  6. Food should be as natural as possible (verses processed)
  7. Get most carbohydrates from vegetables and beans

Exercise and managing stress are important.  Exercise has many benefits but one of them is to lower blood sugar.  Insulin resistance is stress inducing within the body itself, but additional stress compounds the problem.  If the stress has been going on for a long time, it may be beneficial to support the adrenal glands with an adrenal glandular. The herb Ashwagandha is one of my favorites to lower the stress hormone cortisol.

There are several supplements that can help to bring down glucose and insulin.  Among them are:

  1. Chromium
  2. Bitter melon
  3. Gymnema sylvestre
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Cactus
  6. Apple cider vinegar
  7. Berberine
  8. Hawthorn

This newsletter is not intended to replace medical advice, but to inform that if one chooses to be proactive with the goal of health improvement, it is possible to do so.  Many people have used these guidelines to obtain better glucose readings, lower their blood pressure, etc.  Why not you?

Dr. Dennis K. Crawford