The Myths of Blood Sugar Control and What to Do About it

If you are concerned about the amount of sugars in your blood, and you should, you need to know…

The Great Myths of Blood Sugar Control

1. Conventional wisdom says if you’re not having symptoms, your blood sugar control problems are not such a big deal, they’re wrong! If you do not have symptoms now, here is a little sampling: Foggy thinking, memory lapses, weak and irritable before meals, low energy levels, cravings for sugar, kidney problems and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels are just a few of the symptoms you might not be attributing to unbalanced sugars in your blood.

2. Most people think that low-fat dieting can control your blood sugar. Wrong again!

Fat is not the cause of America’s epidemic of insulin resistance. Sugar and excess carbs are, and most people are in the dark about it. The average American consumes roughly 200 pounds of sugar each year, much of it hidden in the processed foods we eat. Ingesting too much sugar is acid-forming and wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels leading to poor health.

3. Conventional wisdom says that drugs are the only way to manage blood glucose, that natural solutions won’t work for blood sugar. Wrong, dead wrong! The pharmaceutical companies have plenty of drugs to help you deal with blood glucose imbalances. The trouble is… the side effects of some of these drugs can be WORSE than the disease they’re supposed to treat!

For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently mandated the use of a “black box” warning on the diabetes drug Avandia. This strong warning label emphasizes the drug, “may cause or worsen heart failure in certain patients.” Despite this disturbing admission, an agency advisory panel voted 22 to 1 in favor of allowing continued sales to U.S. patients!

But here’s some good news. You can balance the sugars in your blood naturally, simply by using nutrients straight from Mother Nature.

Nutrients for Healthy Blood Sugar

It might seem hard to imagine that a few herbs can help you win the battle of sugar imbalance–but it’s TRUE! I want to introduce you to some natural compounds that represent a breakthrough for balancing your blood glucose.

Let’s examine each of these super nutrients individually…

Gymnema Sylvestre

For more than 2,000 years, people in India have used the herb Gymnema sylvestre to help control blood sugar. In fact, the leaves of this climbing plant are highly valued by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine–the ancient system of healing developed in India and practiced by the renowned doctor Deepak Chopra. The herb is also called “gurmar,” which literally means “destroyer of sugar” in Hindi. This name describes the way that chewing the leaves interferes with your ability to taste sweetness. Because this amazing herb decreases the sensation of sweetness in many foods, this may reduce your cravings for sugary snacks. In addition, this versatile herb helps improves insulin receptor sensitivity and insulin signalling.


Another weapon in nature’s arsenal of sugar fighters is the mineral chromium. Chromium aids in digestion and helps move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells for energy. It also helps turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. What’s more, chromium is critical for healthy insulin function. Without enough chromium in your body, insulin just doesn’t work properly. Chromium exists in many foods, but research shows that 90% of American adults have a chromium deficient diet! This could be a key reason why an increasing number of Americans suffer from problems related to imbalanced sugar in their blood. The biggest reason for chromium deficiency in America is that packaged food has none of this key blood sugar controlling ingredient in it. And Americans eat far more packaged food than natural “real” food.

Banaba Leaf Extract

For many years,people living in the Philippines, South Asia, and India have brewed a banaba leaf tea to help regulate sugars in the blood. Medical scientists believe that banaba leaf’s beneficial effects on blood glucose are due to its high concentration of corosolic acid, a natural compound extracted from its leaves. Corosolic acid mimics insulin by moving sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells. And numerous scientific studies have proven banaba leaf’s effectiveness.


Modern science is shedding new light on another traditional folk remedy which delivers excellent health benefits. Fenugreek is an herb native to the Mediterranean, Ukraine, India, and China. Practitioners of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine have used the herb for more than 2,000 years. Modern scientists now know fenugreek helps balance your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose. Fenugreek seed stimulates insulin release. This helps food sugars reach your cells properly.


Although it may be unknown to most people in the West–bitter melon has long been used in South America, the Caribbean, East Africa, and the Orient as both food and a natural medicine. And scientific studies prove its value for treating blood sugar problems. Studies have show bitter melon could play a key role in helping to balance insulin in your body and had positive effects on the serum glucose levels of those taking it–which of course means healthy blood sugar control.

So if you’ve resigned yourself to a life filled by downing daily prescription medications, jabbing yourself with insulin shots, and praying that you don’t succumb to kidney failure, loss of vision or extremities, Think again.

Imagine avoiding the dangers of pharmaceutical agents while you:

– Balance your blood glucose
– Control insulin and help your body use it more effectively
– Keep your cholesterol healthy
– Boost your immunity
– Support healthy weight loss
– Eliminate sugar spikes
– Protect your kidneys
– Banish tired, sluggish feelings
– Reduce sugar and food cravings
– Plus, dozens more benefits!

All these powerful nutrients are great for blood glucose control but it does not give you a license to eat sweets regularly or to go long periods of time without eating. Both of these practices will imbalance your blood sugar leading to multiple health problems, not the least of these is diabetes. There is a huge laundry list of diseases and health problems that have blood sugar imbalances as their underpinnings.

So, look to balance your carbs with proteins and take a supplement that has bitter melon, chromium, gymnema and fenugreek. Your body will thank you by performing better in your daily life.

What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels and High Blood Sugar Symptoms?

Difficulty in maintaining normal blood glucose/sugar levels is a persistent problem among pre-diabetics (people showing some initial symptoms of diabetes) and diabetics. This is especially true among patients who have not been informed about the nature of diabetes and who simply do not understand what normal blood sugar levels are. In order to help people with diabetes maintain long-term, normal blood glucose levels, it is important to start with the basics. I will begin by answering two very important questions: “What are normal blood sugar levels?” and “What are the high blood sugar symptoms to watch out for?”

Blood glucose levels are basically just numbers which reflect the amount of sugar currently circulating in your body. To keep your body alive and functioning well, you need a certain amount of sugar in your blood. Too much or too little sugar in the body are equally dangerous and will eventually kill you if not corrected. Thankfully, our bodies have multiple, complex mechanisms in place to ensure that we always have normal blood sugar levels.

However, in pre-diabetics and diabetics, this important balancing act of maintaining normal blood glucose levels is disrupted. If this disruption continues and is ignored, our bodies will show high blood glucose symptoms or occasionally low blood glucose symptoms. But these high blood sugar symptoms are not the most troublesome aspect of disrupting this balancing act. The main problem lies in the many health consequences associated with long-term, higher-than-normal blood glucose levels.

The numbers which reflect normal blood sugar levels are:

These numbers are very important, however they may not mean much to pre-diabetics or diabetics who do not need to do regular blood sugar tests. Also, since most people have never had a blood sugar test, and have no way of knowing whether they have normal blood sugar levels, it is important to watch out for symptoms of diabetes. That leads us to the next question: “What are the high blood sugar symptoms to watch out for?”Even if you think you are maintaining a normal blood sugar level, it is important to know what the high blood glucose symptoms are so that you can warn your loved ones who might be at risk of having diabetes. Some common high blood sugar symptoms are

  • Urinating more often than usual. Incidentally, the urine is commonly colorless and odorless. Just as a side note, in certain countries, you may even observe ants or other insects crawling to the toilets due to the sweetness of the urine.
  • Needing to wake up more than twice nightly to urinate.
  • Constantly feeling thirsty and needing to drink more water than usual (and is unrelated to recent increase in physical activity). Patients normally describe this symptom as quite troublesome.
  • Having more frequent hunger pangs than usual, assuming you have been eating regularly.
  • Feeling tired even after regular sleep.
  • Unable to sustain an erection although you were well able to do so in previous years.
  • Multiple and recurring infections that you do not normally get, including yeast infections.
  • Unexplained or unintentional loss of weight. Loss of weight of more than 5% body weight in 30 days is considered as significant, if it is unrelated to any recent dietary habit changes.
  • Having recent new or increased visual problems, such as blurriness or white patches. It is important not to dismiss visual problems as part of a normal aging process.

It is not uncommon for people with high blood glucose levels to present to the hospital with complications or manifestations of long term poor control of their blood glucose levels. It has been estimated that in the United States, as many as 50% of diabetics have some form of complications of diabetes before being diagnosed with diabetes. You will be surprised that there is approximately 30% of people are currently living in the United States without knowing they have diabetes.

If you encounter two or more of these high blood sugar symptoms for a number of weeks and they do not seem to resolve, please be sure to pay your doctor a visit. Even if you have a normal blood sugar level, these symptoms may reflect other metabolic or hormonal diseases. Furthermore, be sure to advise your friends to go for a medical checkup if they experience these symptoms. Do not be afraid to see the doctor as it is better to catch diabetes early where there is a chance to reverse diabetes and stop all the health diseases associated with established diabetes from progressing.

Blood Sugar Problems – Can You Do Anything About It?

More and more people today have problems with their blood sugar levels being too high, which often leads to a diagnosis of type II diabetes. This is a chronic disease that can cause many health problems and early death if left untreated. The good news is that by making changes in your diet and lifestyle, many people have significantly lowered their blood sugar and even gotten rid of diabetes.* Type II diabetics do produce insulin, but it is not used properly in the body, and hence the cells don’t get enough glucose or the nutrients they need and instead the sugar is left in excess in the bloodstream. In fact, often they produce a lot of insulin, but because it is not being properly utilized, and this high insulin level causes inflammation and other problems in the body.

Common Symptoms

High blood sugar, fatigue and excess urination are the key symptoms of diabetes. You may also have constant hunger with rapid weight gain, dry, itching skin, obesity, high blood pressure and/or accelerated aging.

Common Causes

Many think that type II diabetes may develop at least in part by eating an excess of sugar over a long period of time. This excess of sugar causes your body to produce lots of insulin to try to take care of the overload, and this seems somehow over time to damage the cell receptors that allow the sugar inside. When the cells are insulin-resistant, and they do not accept much sugar — this sugar is instead seen in excess in the blood. In addition, when you eat white sugar, you are not just eating “empty” calories, but what I call “negative” calories. This is because your body uses up minerals, B vitamins and other nutrients in processing that white sugar which is completely devoid of vitamins and minerals! Too many refined foods, especially too much trans fatty acids, can also be a cause, according to many researchers. In addition, low pH and many vitamin, mineral and other nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to developing this insulin resistance.

Some researchers think that our over exposure to chemicals (especially heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium) in our environment today is contributing to the rising incidence of diabetes. Others think that this disease is linked to infection in the pancreas, which may be viral or parasitic in origin. Like with many diseases, there is probably more than one cause, and the causes may be different in different people.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Remedies

There are some studies that show that many vitamins and minerals can help those with blood sugar problems, but some of those that are the most helpful include antioxidants like vitamins B, C and E*. The antioxidants are important because the excess sugar in the blood seems to cause a lot of free radical damage, and the antioxidant vitamins can help counteract that. Vitamins A, B, C and E are all excellent antioxidants, as well as the mineral selenium and ALA/DHLA. Green tea is also high in antioxidants and has shown great promise in helping with blood sugar problems.* The B Complex vitamins are often low in diabetics, perhaps because the excess sugar causes more B to be used up. Vitamin C can also help reduce complications that come with diabetes, like heart disease and blindness*. It can also help to increase insulin tolerance and normalize pancreatic activity.* Vitamin E can also help prevent heart problems*, which are 2 to 4 times more prevalent in diabetics.

Vitamin A is also crucial to diabetics, and vitamin D is needed for the production of insulin*. These are both found in high vitamin cod liver oil or could be taken separately; just make sure and get one with the natural forms of vitamins A and D — some cod liver oils take out the natural one, and add back in the synthetic forms! Cod liver oil has been shown to improve glucose response and other markers of diabetes in several studies*. In fact, some have shown it to be more effective than drugs in controlling excessive blood sugar levels! It has also been shown to lower blood pressure caused by stress-elevated levels of cortisol*. The vitamin A in cod liver oil promotes healing and can protect the retina*, both concerns for diabetics. The vitamin D in cod liver oil promotes the absorption of minerals, like magnesium and calcium, and can therefore reduce blood pressure.* Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and DHLA are vitamin-like enzymes needed for converting glucose into chemical energy, or ATP.

As far as minerals, there is some evidence that chromium can help insulin to work better, and so is very important for those with type II diabetes. Doctors in Italy found that those with type II diabetes that took 450 mg of magnesium per day did a better job of clearing sugar from their bloodstreams and producing more insulin than before they took the magnesium supplements. You can get magnesium from coral calcium in a very absorbable form along with calcium and trace minerals. Vanadium (found in olive oil) is needed to drive the sugar in the blood into the cells, and zinc is a co-factor in the production of insulin. All these minerals are also found in sea vegetables, so if you like them by all means eat them or look for them in an all-natural food based nutritional supplement.

According to Bruce Fife in “The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil”, coconut oil can help to regulate blood sugar. He cites studies that show that coconut oil helps to improve insulin secretion as well as boost the body’s utilization of blood glucose. In addition, those with blood sugar problems often have low energy since the glucose, although in over-abundance in the blood stream, has a hard time getting into the cells. Many have reported having more energy with consumption of virgin coconut oil.

Gymnema is a plant that helps to reduce blood sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance, and Co-Enzyme Q10 also seems to help with both diabetes and the high blood pressure that often accompanies it.*

Recommended Supplements

  • Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, chromium and vanadium
  • Coral minerals
  • Grasses, greens and nutritional yeast for chromium and other nutrients
  • High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil, for omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin C complex
  • Vitamin E
  • ALA and/or DHLA
  • Co-Q10
  • Gymnena and bitter melon extract
  • Anti-infective support

Food Choices

Foods high in chromium include whole grains, liver, onions, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, green beans and many types of fruits. You can also get more chromium in your diet by including liver once per week and nutritional yeast every day. However, organic is really better as organic produce tends to contain more nutrients and fewer pesticides.

While healing, many health professionals say it is generally necessary to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet to around 60 grams per day until your blood sugar normalizes. Refined sugars are a big no-no, but even something like whole grain pasta or brown rice should be limited to no more than 1/3 cup per meal (or 15 grams of carbohydrates). You might be able to have a little more if you are getting regular, vigorous exercise. For more info, see “The Schwartzbein Principle” by Diana Schwartzbein, MD. She also recommends small meals and at least 2 snacks per day, each balanced with protein, fats, and a small amount of carbohydrates (7.5 grams). If you don’t reduce carbohydrate and sugar levels in your diet, in our opinion, you will have difficulty healing and you will probably have blood sugar that is too high and causes damage, even if you take supplements.*

We think it is an error to follow a low fat diet if you are diabetic.* Well, we think it’s an error to follow a low fat diet even if you are not diabetic. See the Weston A Price Foundation website for more information. But diabetics especially need to have more fat in their diet to supply much needed nutrients as well as to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into their bloodstream. In fact, unless eaten to excess, fats have not been shown to contribute to diabetes, except trans fatty acids, that cause insulin resistance*. This means you need to stay away from almost all prepared foods today, as most of them contain trans fatty acids.

Your diet should actually be rich in animal foods with lots of fat to provide the vitamin A, vitamin D and zinc you need. Raw butter, cream, whole milk, cheese and eggs from pastured animals provide vitamins A and D, and red meats and shellfish have lots of zinc. Unfiltered extra virgin olive oil is a good source of vanadium.

There is some anecdotal evidence that celery juice, Jerusalem artichokes, onions and spinach can help restore normal blood sugar levels*. Bitter melon can be found in Asian food markets and can also help lower your blood sugar by increasing the body’s ability to produce insulin*.

Note: If you make significant changes in your diet, including food and supplement intake, you want to make sure and have your blood sugar levels retested if you are on any diabetes medication, to see if you need to have it decreased.

Other Ideas

Exercise is very important for diabetics. A walk or even some more vigorous type of exercise an hour or two after each meal may be very helpful, as the exercise helps to drive the blood sugar out of the blood into the cells.

Stress also can raise blood sugar levels, and so in addition to all the above including adding more nutrients like vitamins to your diet, it is possible that a change in job or lifestyle may be necessary to keep your blood sugar levels in balance.*

* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.