Antioxidants Protect Against Hypoglycemia Damage

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You just took a blood sugar test, and the result is not good. It’s time to cut back on the sugar and make a few changes in your diet. So you already know that sugar is one reason that is causing all the problems, but have you ever wondered what’s the cause behind your failing health?

Our body is made up of several organs and each one of them plays a vital role in keeping us healthy. You can’t even count the types of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins your body needs to keep the motor running.

Let’s cut to the chase: hypoglycemia damage.

This is what’s reducing your energy! Hypoglycemia is not a disease but more of an indicator that your health is at risk. It indicates that your blood sugar level is quite low and that you need to include high-sugar but natural foods in your die. This is a condition that mostly diabetics suffer from, but there are rare cases where people can develop it with being diabetic.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Pale skin
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Tingling sensation near the mouth

Blood Sugar Regulation

We already know that free radicals destroy healthy cells and prevent the body from absorbing the necessary nutrients it needs. This is where the process gets complicated. To neutralize free radicals, vitamins provide high-energy electrons. As a result, these vitamins become open to attack and are unable to defend the body from free radicals.

This is where antioxidants come in. They fight the free radicals and allow the body to absorb the nutrients so that they can be carried to different body parts.

To understand how antioxidants work, you need to know about blood sugar regulation. When you consume food, the body breaks down the carbohydrates into sugar molecules. To enter the tissues, insulin is required. As the sugar level rises, the pancreas release insulin and glucose enters the cells to fuel your body.

When the body produces too much insulin, the sugar level drops and that is what causes hypoglycemia. When you don’t eat for a long time, another hormone breaks down the carbohydrates and creates a glucose reservoir. Your body uses this for fuel until your next meal.

According to a study published in the journal of Diabetes Care, certain antioxidants and carotenoids can prevent hypoglycemia damage. 4,000 women and men took part in the study. At the start of the study, none of the participants had diabetes. They were told to consume certain amounts of food and their intake of carotenoids and vitamins C and E were recorded.

At the beginning of the study, the participants were between the aged of 40 and 69. After 23 years, a follow-up study was conducted. It was revealed that people who consumed more carotenoids and vitamin E (regardless of the gender) were at a lower risk of having type-2 diabetes. What astonished the researchers was that the most powerful antioxidant, vitamin C, showed no positive effects on hypoglycemia damage.

This brings us to the conclusion that whether you are a diabetes patient or not, you are still at risk of having hypoglycemia. This means that you need to maintain a balance between what you eat and your medications.

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