Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

**Things that Affect Blood Sugar Levels

This is a list from Everyday Health: Eight Things You Didn't Know Affected Your Blood Sugar:
Alcohol:  Alcohol comes with extra calories, and if you mix it with sugary substances comes with sugar.   At the same time too much alcohol can cause dangerously low blood sugar levels.
Stress: Stress can directly cause a spike in blood sugar levels.  When I burnt my back by blood levels went way up.  I attribute this to the added stress of healing.
Feeling Under the Weather:  At the same time as the burn, I came down with a bad cold (which may have been attributed to the stress of the burn as well.)  These two things spiked my sugar and I had a difficult time  getting it back down.
Medications and Supplements"  Who knows what you are taking may contribute to blood sugar levels.  Best to tell your doctor and or pharmacist everything you are taking.  SOme cold medicines have sugar in them.
Coffee:  Just the coffee itself can cause a spike, but then often sugar and creamers are added.
Extreme Exercise:  this time the worry is sugar that is too low.  Check blood level before exercise and have a high carb snack available if needed.
Diet Soda:  Even with no calories and no sugar, these things can spike sugar in other ways.
Hormones:  Hormones can effect blood sugar.  Not everyone is effected, but if you are a good journal may help.

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