In the last part of this series, we talked about how unrelenting stress hijacks your hormone production capacity. If your body constantly needs to generate cortisol, it down-regulates the importance of sex hormones. Alas for romance!
Under stress, it’s easy to turn to comfort eating. For many of us, that means a craving for sweets. Unfortunately, this can be a long slide into a bottomless pit. And this is a place that our brains don’t serve us well! Why?
Your brain needs glucose to survive – and, like any addict, it doesn’t care where it gets it. Let’s say you eat a candy bar, which is a simple carbohydrate. That’s going to hit your bloodstream and your brain FAST. The problem is that your blood sugar level is going to CRASH just as fast.
This sets up a blood sugar level rollercoaster pattern: a big sugar spike, followed by a big energy drop and then a big time craving for more and more and more… that’s just about impossible to control. And, sadly, here’s what can follow:
– intractable weight gain
– system-wide inflammation
– metabolic syndrome
– Type II diabetes
– weakened immunity
– early cognitive decline
– multiple conditions & complications
When I review a patient’s blood work, I look at their triglycerides and hemoglobin A1c before I look at their cholesterol. Why? Because out-of-control blood sugar is usually driving the train. And priority one is: let’s get that back on track.
Getting off the rollercoaster can take some doing, but I promise you can do it. There are lots of benefits: your waist line will whittle down, your brain will regain its edge, and — major bonus — your energy and your sex life will perk up.
Ready to get your blood sugar back on an even keel? Send me an email; I am happy to help.
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