We all know the negative effects of high blood sugar on your body. It causes jitteriness, pre-diabetes, and energy crashes in the afternoon that has you running for coffee and sugary treats.
Thinking about making a lifestyle shift into the ketogenic way of eating? You may have a vague sense that your sugar consumption is getting out of hand.
Maybe you’re moody and irritable, have trouble keeping weight off even though you’re exercising. Perhaps sugar cravings dictate your day.
How much is Too Much Sugar
Chances are, as a bit of a sugar-junkie, you habitually enjoy a sugary cereal for breakfast, snack on a coffee and donut mid-morning, fill up on a carb-laden lunch, and then crash hard in the afternoon after coming down from that sugar high for your first waking half of the day.
It’s possible you even repeat this cycle for the second half of the day, then cap it off with a final, blood-sugar soaring binge on beer or wine, and/or a sweet dessert. All this before toppling into a sugar-induced sleep coma that wakes you suddenly at 3 am.
Signs and Symptoms
Let’s talk about ways your body may be trying to tell you it’s getting too much sugar. These are physical signs that it may be time to make a healthy change, so heed your body’s warnings, below:
You Feel Hungry
You’re always hungry, even though you just ate. When glucose levels soar, the body becomes unable to recognize when it’s satiated. A common symptom of too-high blood sugar is the inability to feel full.
Never Enough Sleep
You’re tired all the time. People who cycle through high and low blood sugar states may feel energetic for a while after eating a sweet or carb-laden snack but then crash soon after.
Where’s the Restroom?!
You urinate frequently. This is one of the red flags of diabetes, though it doesn’t necessarily mean you have it if you’re someone who gets the urge to urinate frequently. What’s happening here is that the kidneys are working hard to get rid of the excess fluid produced by your body as a result of over-consuming sugar.
Drink All the Water
You’re thirsty all the time. This is another sign of too-high blood sugar (but it can also mean that you’re consuming too much salt, as well).
Start paying closer attention to the labels on your food.
Think about switching from processed, powdered foods like pre-made soups and instant gravies, to food that comes from plants and animals and is minimally processed, if you want to lower your blood sugar or sodium levels and stop feeling thirsty all the time.
Frequent bladder and yeast infections. This is far more common in women than in men. If you’re female, and yeast or urinary tract infections seem to recur for you with alarming frequency, it could mean your blood glucose levels are too high and it’s time to seriously cut back on sugary and starchy foods.
Slow to Heal
Cuts heal slowly. Wounds that seem to take forever to heal may point to nerve damage caused by blood sugar problems. If this is a problem for you, it may be time to talk to a doctor about making dietary and lifestyle changes to help you get your blood sugar under control.
How Can You Fix It?
Whether you have diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or are just a person who knows they’re eating too much sugar and carbs than is healthy, the ketogenic diet could be your first step. A ketogenic diet can help in making permanent dietary and lifestyle changes that keep you fit, spry and lively well into old age.
Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes Avoidance: Why Do We Seem to Need Less Sugar as We Age?
One noteworthy fact of the ketogenic diet is that it seems especially effective in promoting weight loss in people who are past the age of 35, for whom it can be more difficult to keep pounds off the middle of their bodies in particular.
As both men and women age, their metabolism slows. This is a slippery slope for certain. The slower the metabolism, the easier it is to gain weight and the more susceptible to a chronic disease we become.
It is possible that the ketogenic diet is ideal for men and women for whom hormone production is on the decline.
It includes saturated fats from coconut oils and fatty meats, as well as monounsaturated fats from healthy nut oils and olive oil. All of these oils and fats seem to have a positive effect on the endocrine system while keeping cholesterol levels balanced.
Other Reasons for Sugar Issues
The ketogenic diet benefits people as they age. A higher sugar intake is simply no longer needed once we’re edging closer to midlife.
Young children are still growing. Children require energy to be constantly replenished in the form of calories and sugar. They burn sugars quickly due to being more active.
Middle-aged people are likely to be less active, not to mention we’re clearly finished growing – so perhaps a different energy source, ie one that comes from fat, may be far more beneficial to preserving our health and longevity.
Is it possible that if more people avoided carbohydrate-rich foods and limited or omitted sugar intake as they aged, we would have a society of people who were better equipped to grow old gracefully?
They would be able to live without being dependent on doctors, treatments, therapies, and medications to sustain their lives.
It is truly exciting to entertain the possibilities of where the ketogenic way of eating may take us. We may be able to remain fit, active and healthy well into their senior years!