Glucose provides the vast majority of the energy your body burns to move, think, and stay alive. Your digestive system expertly changes the foods you eat into glucose. Certain foods in particular change to glucose quickly and easily. You know them as carbohydrates. Grains, breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, and cereals are mostly carbohydrates. And don’t forget sugars, juices, and high-fructose syrups.
How does glucose effect insulin?
Once your digestive system changes carbs into glucose, the glucose enters your blood for delivery to your body’s cells. But at high levels, glucose in the blood is toxic. So the body has developed an additional chemical—a hormone—that speeds the delivery of glucose to the cells, clearing it out of the blood. That hormone is called insulin.
Insulin triggers receptors on glucose-hungry cells that move the glucose out of the blood and through the cell walls. But, if the cells are already full—because you haven’t burned off previous glucose deliveries with exercise—the glucose is sent to fat cells to be stored as fat. Once your body has accumulated a reasonable amount of fat, it may stop accepting glucose.
Cells become resistant to insulin
If the cells stop accepting glucose, it stays in the blood. And that’s a problem. Excessive blood sugar pollutes the bloodstream, thickening the blood, clogging arteries, causing widespread inflammation, and damaging organs and tissues. Eventually, the pancreas will wear out its ability to generate insulin. When that happens you have to take dramatic action like constantly injecting yourself with synthetic insulin just to stay alive.
Diabetes is frightening
It can take your limbs. Your eyesight. Your very life. But there is something you can do about it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, too many Americans today have a toxic mixture of high-sugar diets and low-activity lifestyles. Most of us eat far too many sugars—the equivalent of a half pound a day—and we simply aren’t exercising enough to burn it all off.
Melaleuca can help
So along with eating healthier, and getting enough exercise, Melaleuca has developed a clinically tested blood sugar support supplement. Being cognizant of your blood sugar levels, and living a healthy lifestyle to burn the sugars you take in, will go a long way to helping you avoid many of the deadly consequences of diabetes.[Editor's note: There is a big difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is the most common--and is the type that may be prevented or delayed by making changes in diet and lifestyle. See your physician to discuss any concerns about your own risks or assessments.]