Sep 26, 2022
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.
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. 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.
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]
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. 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.
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]
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. 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.
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.