Content Writer: Alexa Paolella
Addressing your blood sugar health.
Blood sugar problems are on the rise, with over 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. And because we can’t ignore these staggering numbers, many are becoming more aware of their sugar intake and other factors that might contribute to blood sugar imbalances. We here at IIN want to raise awareness and encourage our community to make lifestyle changes that help prevent diabetes and other health conditions and ultimately lead to a better quality of life.
Insulin, an essential hormone in the body, is a key piece of the equation. People who have type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, produce little to no insulin. In type 2, the most common form of diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin and responds by producing too much of it – causing blood sugar levels to rise. While genetics and viruses have a significant impact on type 1 diabetes, type 2 is largely influenced by lifestyle factors – obesity being the leading risk factor.
Other major causes of blood sugar imbalances contributing to type 2 diabetes include:
Lack of exercise
Pregnancy (more often in the third trimester)
In some cases, these factors coincide with each other. For instance, you might be dealing with chronic stress, which negatively impacts how you sleep at night. Then, because you’re overtired, you make … continue