High blood sugar does a number on your health in myriad ways, including increasing your risk of diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, body-wide inflammation, cancer, and even a decline in brain function. Now, new research shows that high blood sugar is of particular concern to men who are at risk for prostate cancer. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that men who have high blood sugar and prostate cancer are five times more likely to die from cancer than men whose blood sugar is normal.
A healthy prostate requires good overall health, and one of the most important ways to achieve good health is to take it easy on the sweet stuff. But that's not easy. According to the National Cancer Institute, adult men consume an average of 24 teaspoons of added sugar every day--far more than the recommended nine-teaspoon limit recommended by the American Heart Association.
There's no doubt that cutting back on added sugar is essential for good health and for maintaining a healthy weight. Here, then, are seven surefire ways to cut excess sugar out of your life and lower your blood sugar for better health and a longer life.
Beverages account for almost half of the added sugar Americans consume, according to Harvard Medical School. This includes adding sugar to your coffee and tea, but soda is the most pervasive culprit. A little ol' 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has--hold on to your hat here--a full 39 grams of sugar. That's 9.75 teaspoons of sugar right there, almost a teaspoon more than the recommended daily intake. Cutting soda out of your life--and learning to love the natural flavors of unsweetened coffee and tea--can go a long way toward lowering your blood sugar.
Carbohydrates are essential for optimal body functioning. They get broken down into glucose, which is used by the body for energy. But all carbs aren't created equal. While carbohydrates are those that are unprocessed and include vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, and potatoes. These foods contain natural fiber and provide the body with quality energy without spiking blood sugar levels. Refined carbs, on the other hand, such as fruit juices, white bread, pastries, pasta, and white rice, cause major spikes in blood sugar levels that are followed by the dreaded "crash" that triggers hunger and cravings for more carbs. The carbohydrates your body doesn't use for energy get stored for later in the form of fat. Cutting "bad" carbs will go a long way toward lower blood sugar levels.
Fiber slows sugar absorption and the digestion of carbs, promoting a gradual rise in blood sugar levels rather than a spike. Soluble fiber, in particular, has been shown to effectively reduce blood sugar levels. Foods containing soluble fiber include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. Filling up on fiber keeps your blood sugar levels low and lowers your risk of type-2 diabetes and other diseases.
Staying adequately hydrated helps your kidneys flush out excess sugar through your urine. Studies show that people who drink more water have a lower risk of developing high blood sugar. The rule of thumb is that if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. So, whenever you pass the kitchen sink or the water fountain, stop and have a drink.
Stress affects blood sugar levels by promoting the release of stress hormones like cortisol and glucagon, which cause blood sugar levels to rise. Lowering your stress reduces your risk of a number of diseases, and it improves your quality of life--including your sex life. Do some yoga, meditate, and learn some deep-breathing exercises, all of which are shown to reduce stress levels and help your body respond better to stress in the future.
Exercise reduces stress and increases insulin sensitivity, which means that your cells optimize the use of available sugar in the blood. Regular exercise is crucial for good health, and as an added bonus, it improves your sex drive and reduces your risk of prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and a host of other health and reproductive problems.
If you're overweight or obese or feel like you consume too much added sugar and refined carbs, pay a visit to your doctor to have your blood sugar levels tested. Knowing where you stand helps you decide on a plan of action for lowering your blood sugar and maintaining better health for the long-haul.
Supplements like the new Provastol Blood Glucose Complex provide additional support for lowering your blood sugar levels and improving your overall health. Twenty natural ingredients in our Blood Glucose Complex are formulated to help your body maintain a high level of insulin sensitivity and promote the optimal disposal of glucose from your bloodstream. A daily supplement as part of a healthy lifestyle can help prevent high blood sugar and promote a healthy prostate to help you stay in the game well into "old" age.
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