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7 benefits of stable blood sugar

Here's how tracking your blood sugar and lifestyle habits can help you achieve stable blood sugar.

For many Veri users, the main goal of monitoring their blood sugar levels is to be able to then use those insights to stabilize their blood sugar. Here are just some of the metabolic health & overall wellness benefits of stable blood sugar.

1. Increased energy

Studies have shown that a high-glycemic load diet is associated with fatigue and higher depression symptoms—especially in overweight/obese, but otherwise healthy adults.[1] However, it's worth noting that fluctuation of glucose levels in either direction (spike or drop) can cause a slew of problems, including lightheadedness, fatigue, headache, sleepiness, etc.

2. Improved focus

Glucose is a type of sugar, which the brain depends on for fuel. Studies show that dips in glucose availability can have a negative impact on attention, memory, and learning, and that administering glucose can enhance these aspects of cognitive function. The brain also uses up more glucose during challenging mental tasks. Therefore, it may be especially important to keep blood glucose levels at an optimum level for good cognitive function.[2,3]

3. ‍Better skin

A spike in blood glucose causes a rise in insulin levels, which in turn increases the production of androgens. These hormones lead to increased production of sebum and keratinocyte, causing breakouts. Studies have shown that have a low glycemic diet can lead to a reduction in acne problems.[4,5]

4. ‍Weight management

Studies have shown that individuals with poor glucose control (making them susceptible to blood glucose spikes) are more susceptible to weight gain in comparison with those who have better control.[6] Additionally, in people with diabetes who also suffer from excess weight, the cells in the body become less sensitive to the insulin that is released from the pancreas leading to complications.‍

5. Prevention of prediabetes & diabetes

The most commonly known diseases related to blood sugar are Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Mellitus. These, along with a number of other complications, can lead to prediabetes, which eventually leads to Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause a number of associated health conditions including heart disease, stroke, vascular problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, eye issues, and sexual dysfunction.[7,8]‍

6. Reduced risk of degenerative health diseases

People with diabetes are more vulnerable to heart disease than those people who do not have diabetes. Numerous studies have found a correlation between fluctuating glucose levels (increases and decreases in glucose levels) and an increased risk of heart diseases, with the most common being the hardening of the coronary arteries or atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrition to the heart.[9,10]

7. ‍Increased brain function & performance

Insulin resistance, a common cause of diabetes, is also associated with significantly lower regional cerebral glucose metabolism, which in turn may predict worse memory performance.[11] Diabetes has been known to be a risk factor for dementia, but  research suggests that blood glucose levels (with or without diabetes) can increase one’s risk of dementia.[12]

Today, more than ever, we have the tools and resources to take control of our own health and be educated and aware of what's happening within our body. One of those tools is Veri: a device that provides real-time continuous glucose monitoring data in an instant, enabling you to calibrate your blood sugar via tracking your diet, sleep and vice versa.

References:

  1. Breymeyer KL, Lampe JW, McGregor BA, Neuhouser ML. Subjective mood and energy levels of healthy weight and overweight/obese healthy adults on high-and low-glycemic load experimental diets. Appetite. 2016;107:253‐259. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.008
  2. Sünram-Lea SI, Foster JK, Durlach P, et al. (2001). Glucose facilitation of cognitive performance in healthy young adults: examination of the influence of fast-duration, time of day and pre-consumption plasma glucose levels. Psychopharmacology 157:46–54.
  3. Riby LM, Law AS, Mclaughlin J, et al. (2011). Preliminary evidence that glucose ingestion facilitates prospective memory performance. Nutrition Research 31(5):370-377.
  4. Kwon HH, Yoon JY, Hong JS, Jung JY, Park MS, Suh DH. Clinical and histological effect of a low glycaemic load diet in treatment of acne vulgaris in Korean patients: a randomized, controlled trial. Acta Derm Venereol. 2012;92(3):241‐246. doi:10.2340/00015555-1346
  5. Smith RN, Mann NJ, Braue A, Mäkeläinen H, Varigos GA. The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic-load diet versus a conventional, high glycemic-load diet on biochemical parameters associated with acne vulgaris: a randomized, investigator-masked, controlled trial. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;57(2):247‐256. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2007.01.046
  6. Chiu CJ, Wray LA, Beverly EA. Relationship of glucose regulation to changes in weight: a systematic review and guide to future research. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2010;26(5):323‐335. doi:10.1002/dmrr.1095
  7. Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, Sarwar N, Gao P, et al. Diabetes mellitus, fasting blood glucose concentration, and risk of vascular disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of 102 prospective studies [published correction appears in Lancet. 2010 Sep 18;376(9745):958. Hillage, H L [corrected to Hillege, H L]]. Lancet. 2010;375(9733):2215‐2222. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60484-9
  8. Frankum S, Ogden J. Estimation of blood glucose levels by people with diabetes: a cross-sectional study. Br J Gen Pract. 2005;55(521):944‐948.
  9. DiNicolantonio JJ, OKeefe JH. Added sugars drive coronary heart disease via insulin resistance and hyperinsulinaemia: a new paradigm. Open Heart. 2017;4(2):e000729. Published 2017 Nov 29. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2017-000729
  10. Conget I, Giménez M. Glucose control and cardiovascular disease: is it important? No. Diabetes Care. 2009;32 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):S334‐S336. doi:10.2337/dc09-S334
  11. Bloemer J, Bhattacharya S, Amin R, Suppiramaniam V. Impaired insulin signaling and mechanisms of memory loss. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2014;121:413‐449. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800101-1.00013-2
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