natural blood sugar control

  1. Breakfast can help you avoid metabolic syndrome

    Good health starts at breakfast

    Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day -- and you know what? She was right.

    A good morning meal can set your body up for the rest of the day, giving you energy, controlling your blood sugar and cutting off cravings before they even start.

    Now, new research shows what happens if you spend years skipping breakfast, and it's not pretty: You could gain a whole bunch of weight and even find yourself battling metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

    In the study, researchers tracked a group of teens for an average of nearly three decades. That's from high school right up through middle age. And by the time these "kids" were pushing 50, the ones who ate breakfast regularly were in much better shape overall.

    The ones who skipped it? They were pictures of poor health, up to 68 percent more likely to be suffering from metabolic syndrome than the ones who followed mom's advice to eat breakfast every day.

    That means missing breakfast could put you on the path toward diabetes, heart disease and an early death. And while the patients in the study were kids -- at least at the start -- other studies have found similar results at nearly every age.

    It's even true over the short term. For example, dieters who think skipping breakfast will help them to lose weight actually find just the opposite is true.

    One recent study even found that dieters who make sure to eat breakfast every day lose weight faster than dieters who skip the meal -- in part because when you force yourself to go hungry, you overcompensate later on.

    And by the end of the day, you're eating everything in sight -- up to 20 percent more at lunch alone, according to another recent study.

    So go ahead and eat your breakfast. Just be sure you eat right. Toast and cereal washed down with OJ might make for the kind of breakfast you see in TV commercials, but a truly healthy breakfast starts with eggs.

    Eggs can help you feel fuller longer, so you don't overeat later in the day. You can read more about that in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Signs of high blood sugar boost dementia risk

    High blood sugar can lead to dementia -- even without diabetes

    The secret to healthy aging is hidden in your sugar -- your blood sugar, to be exact.

    Even slightly elevated blood sugar levels can damage muscle and organs and speed the aging process. And now, new research uncovers one more reason to keep any eye out of signs of high blood sugar: Bumps in blood sugar could boost your dementia risk.

    Keep your levels within the normal range -- fasting below 100 mg/dL, and preferably less than 90 mg/dL -- and you'll keep your risk within the normal range too.

    But once you cross that line and notice signs of high blood sugar -- once you hit even the "slightly elevated" territory of 105 mg/dL -- your dementia risk jumps by 10 percent, according to the new study of 2,067 seniors.

    And the higher your blood sugar levels climb, the higher your dementia risk.

    At 115 mg/dL, for example, your risk shoots up by nearly a fifth.

    What's remarkable about this level is that it's just high enough that you'll get a talk from your doctor for having signs of high blood sugar -- but since it's still well below the 126 mg/dL that marks diabetes, it's not quite high enough for many people to take action.

    As a result, millions of people live within this range, ignoring the talks from their doctors and believing that as long as they stay below that diabetes cutoff, they have nothing to worry about.

    Clearly, there's plenty to worry about -- because we've seen this link before.

    In one recent study, brain scans found real changes in the brain that kick in with elevated blood sugar. Not diabetic blood sugar levels -- just elevated sugar, and the changes include reduced metabolism in key regions of the brain.

    That's the same type of damage that we see in the brains of dementia patients.

    If there's any good news here, it's that your blood sugar is within your control -- and you can usually bring your levels down to below 90 mg/dL through simple, basic lifestyle changes.

    Start by eliminating processed foods, especially refined carbohydrates, and any signs of high blood sugar will almost certainly sink. If these changes alone don't do the trick, there are supplements that can help your body to use sugar in the blood more efficiently and more effectively, limiting the damage and bringing the levels down in the process.

    A holistic doctor can help.

    Of course, a good diet with healthy blood sugar levels means placing limits on snacks and junk food. But there are some treats you can still enjoy in moderation -- and one of the best treats of all is one you already love: chocolate.

    Keep reading for more on how a little cocoa might actually help protect your brain.

  3. Walking after eating meals can control blood sugar

    Going for a short walk after meals can help the body to control blood sugar levels, according to new research.
  4. The natural way to help keep blood sugar in check

    An antioxidant found in grapes can help diabetics keep blood sugar levels in check. Here’s the best way to get it.
  5. Actos risks highlighted in lawsuit over diabetes drug

    A new lawsuit accuses the makers of Actos of hiding data on the diabetes drug's heart and cancer risks, giving diabetics a new reason to turn to natural help.

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