• Lifestyle

    What about sugar, exactly?

    The best tip I can give for a healthy lifestyle is to have several small meals a day. I have been eating several times a day since I was a child, because I can’t eat too much at once.
    If I eat three times a day, I get too little and I am too hungry between meals. I am very much in favour of eating more than six meals a day. It’s good for the blood sugar level, because it keeps it stable. There’s nothing wrong if you don’t have a meal with sugar every time. Your teeth can handle up to eight sugar moments a day. So if you eat as little sugar as possible, there’s nothing wrong.

    Feeling weak and dizzy
    Every two to three hours I eat a small meal and then I end up with seven to eight meals a day. That’s what makes me feel good, because it gives me the most energy. If I don’t eat for too long, I feel weak and dizzy. I can’t concentrate, I become more impatient and I sweat much more. I want to avoid that unpleasant feeling and fortunately that is possible.

    What does blood sugar mean?
    Blood sugar is a measure of the amount of glucose dissolved in the blood. Blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. Before eating a meal, it will be somewhat lower than two hours after the meal. This is because there is glucose from the food in the blood. All cells in your body need glucose, because this is their energy source.

    What about insulin and adrealine
    The hormone insulin stimulates the absorption of glucose in the cells. It also ensures that excess glucose in the blood, liver and muscle cells is converted into glycogen. The glycogen is stored and can later be converted back into glucose with the help of the hormones adrenaline and glucagon. People with diabetes can suffer from blood sugar levels that are too high or too low.

    Vibration, sweating and rapid heartbeat
    A blood sugar level that is too low is also called hypoglycemia. The body will then try to raise the blood sugar level, which can cause you to shake, sweat, get a fast heartbeat and feel weak. Too high a blood sugar level is also called hyperglycemia. This is rare in healthy people, because the pancreas automatically produces enough insulin. In people with diabetes, an insulin injection is administered, so that the sugar level goes down.

    Pancreas and sugar
    Your pancreas is working hard all day and you can help him! You can do this by eating regularly and eating as few refined sugars as possible. Refined sugars are in the blood within minutes of eating and the pancreas needs to react very quickly to this by producing insulin. Unrefined sugars do not give this effect. There is also talk of fast and slow carbohydrates, which are shown in the glycaemic index.

    Many annoying complaints
    The glycaemic index (GI) indicates how fast the glucose in the blood comes. A low GI means that the blood sugar slowly rises and slowly drops again. A high GI ensures a rapid increase and a rapid decrease in blood sugar. To keep your pancreas sweet, it’s best to eat low GI foods such as fruit, pasta and legumes. You can definitely eat an occasional product with refined sugars. It is important that you do this in moderation, so that you maintain a stable sugar level. An unstable sugar level can cause many unpleasant complaints and eventually lead to diabetes. So eat several small meals a day and be nice to your pancreas!