Blood Sugar (Glucose) Graphs: A picture is worth a thousand words
What you are about to learn has been a well-kept medical secret for decades. This secret is well documented in the many excellent references listed at the "How-to-be-Healthy" page on this website. The healing potential of this secret is revealed and reinforced through documentation in the references, in the testimonies, and in the blood-sugar graphs. If you have time to study this page and the entire website, the information may change your life or the life of someone you know.
BLOOD SUGAR is a MAJOR KEY to understanding why you may feel good or bad. Few people are aware of the critical role blood sugar plays in the quality of their health. Most people are familiar with diabetes (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), but few people are aware of other blood sugar imbalances that contribute to numerous symptoms and degenerative dis-ease.
Below you will find examples of various GGT (Glucose Tolerance Test) graphs that illustrate the blood sugar variables of individuals and the way imbalances affect mental, physical and emotional health. A balanced blood sugar maintains good health and a strong immune system: an unbalanced blood sugar contributes to weakened immunity and a multitude of symptoms and degenerative disease processes.
A disruption in glucose balance does not mean that a specific part of the body is not functioning, but rather that it is not functioning in a synchronous correlation to other parts of the body (Dr. Louis Rubel). Glucose (blood sugar) balance is regulated by the endocrine gland system through the production and release of hormones.
Due to genetics, diet, and lifestyle influences we all have a unique endocrine system in the way that it manages glucose (blood sugar), the fuel for every cell in the body. There is a relationship that exists between endocrine dysfunction and many conditions.
Disorder of the endocrine gland system affects the nutritional system, nervous system, mentality, personality, physical appearance and the general health of the person (Dr. Louis L. Rubel, The GP and the Endocrine Glands).
A healthy endocrine system maintains glucose balance in a range of 80 to 100 mg/dl, a range necessary for cells to operate efficiently: to build, detoxify, and heal—to keep you healthy, happy, energetic, alert, active, symptom-free, and alive.
When glucose levels deviate—too high or too low—metabolic balance and hormones are disrupted and cells are not efficiently fueled. Hormones are activated to restore balance; and, as many of us know, hormones out of balance can create numerous physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. If the endocrine system is healthy, balance is restored, and all is well. If the endocrine system is exhausted, all is not well.
When the endocrine glands (blood sugar regulators) are chronically stressed from bad diets, bad life-style habits, and/or physical and emotional abuse, every single cell in the body pays a price. The exhausted glands cannot efficiently stabilize blood sugar, the cells do not receive a consistent flow of fuel to maintain optimal cellular activity, and symptoms surface. If not addressed with critical dietary and lifestyle changes, degenerative disease processes develop and progress.
There is no medical intervention, medication, consultation, physical therapy or nutritional supplement that can correct the harmful effects and damage to a body that is created by unhealthy diets and life-style habits. We have stop causing the problem to heal the problem!
If you are concerned about your health check your blood sugar. If it is fluctuating out of range get the blood sugar (metabolism) in balance so the body CAN heal and reverse symptoms and dis-eases. You are your best doctor.
The blood sugar connection to poor health has been a well-suppressed medical secret for decades. There is no profit to be made in diet therapy, but a great deal of profit in treatment therapy.
See the graphs below and read the testimonies of those who reversed their symptoms and conditions by simply restoring and maintaining a balanced metabolism.
The graphs below are test results from a 5 to 6 hr. glucose challenge. The individual being tested starts with an empty (fasting) stomach, nothing to eat before the test. After the fasting (first) blood sample is taken, a sweet drink is consumed, and another blood sample is taken one-half hour later. Continued blood samples are taken at one-hour intervals, up to five or six hours. Nothing more is to be consumed during the test. Examples below:
Graph #1 - Healthy metabolic function: This first graph is an example of a healthy endocrine-system response to the ingestion of glucose. The glucose (sugar) triggers a sudden spike in blood sugar, recovers, levels out, and maintains glucose balance.
Graph #2 - Endocrine System's role in blood sugar regulation: This second graph is an illustration of the endocrine glands (and hormones) involved in blood sugar regulation. The pancreas (insulin) prevents high blood sugar and the adrenal glands (adrenaline and cortisol) prevent low blood sugar. Working in harmony, they support and maintain glucose balance.
The following graphs show that blood sugar dis-regulation exists in numerous conditions that are not recognized as a blood sugar problem, but rather diagnosed as an unrelated condition and treated with a therapy not addressing the need for diet and lifestyle changes, but rather focusing on symptom-related treatments (medications, surgery, supplements, dental work, chiropractic, massage, etc.). Although such therapies can be helpful for temporary relief, the underlying imbalance is not addressed, the unbalanced metabolic dysfunction continues, and the temporary solutions (that cannot fix the effects of bad dietary and lifestyle habits) can exacerbate metabolic function. They may treat a symptom, but they do not address the cause. Treating the cause eliminates the symptoms and the need for ongoing medical intervention.
Graph #3 - Prediabetes/Diabetes (high blood sugar): The 2 graphs below (see the red lines) are the same individual. The left graph shows a warning of prediabetes: the blood sugar is high early in the test, but returns to normal. The right graph, done one year later, shows full-blown diabetes: the blood sugar remains high. This situation could have been prevented, but this individual chose to ignore the warning that alcohol (a highly-refined sugar) is harmful to endocrine function. Many addictive substances (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, sugar) are major causes of dysfunction and disease.
Graphs #s 4, 5 & 6 - Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): The following graphs are three individuals--all diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The individual in Graph #6 also had seizures. Low blood sugar accompanies many poor health conditions, not jus MS and seizures. However, these graphs are examples of chronic low blood sugar states. Low blood sugar is indicative of extreme adrenal exhaustion: it's the adrenal glands job to prevent low blood sugar from happening.
Graph # 4
Graph #7: Seizures - The graph below is that of an individual who had been on seizure medications for 20 years. A glucose tolerance test (GTT) revealed his blood sugar dropped quickly from the 1/2 hour to the 3rd hour blood sample reaching a low point below 40 mg/dl. The sudden, very deep drop triggered his seizures. The low blood sugar did not provide sufficient fuel for cellular activity. In this case, the seizures were caused by a weakness in the endocrine system response (adrenals) exacerbated by sugar consumption. After following a low-carbohydrate (sugar-free), high protein, moderate fat diet to maintain hormonal balance, the seizure problem was eliminated. Not one seizure has occurred since (16 years now). All medications were stopped within the first year of the dietary program.
Graph #8 - A collection of 6 graphs - psychiatric diagnoses: You can read the diagnoses under each graph. All of these individuals were receiving psychiatric counseling and/or on medications. The common denominator in all of these cases is the underlying unbalanced swings in blood sugar. Remember, when the blood sugar deviates from normal ranges, a cascade of hormonal responses go into action in an attempt to return blood sugar balance. Try to imagine how one can feel or think with hormones flying out of balance along with the body's fuel being insufficient to fuel healthy cellular function. It can be an emotional roller coaster that never ends until the offenders (addictive substances) are removed and replaced with healthy habits. How can these problems be resolved with medications? They can't. Ignoring the cause is a prescription for a life of hell.
Read the many symptoms associated with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and diagnosed as mental or emotional problems.
Graph #9 - Schizophrenia, a life of hell: - This collection of graphs is a series of GTT tests done over a period of years. Diagnosed with mental conditions from the age of 17, this individual spent his life in and out of group homes and mental institutions. His endocrine system was extremely sensitive to all addictive substances; each either stimulating the pancreas (sugar, alcohol), adrenal glands (caffeine, nicotine, drugs, stress), or harming the liver (all of the aforementioned).
The last two graphs in this group were tests taken (on demand from his guardian) when the patient had collapsed, lost cognitive function, and was unable to stand or walk. He was strapped in a restraint in a wheelchair. It was later discovered that he had been consuming small amounts of alcohol daily for approximately two weeks. He did not need psychiatric medications: he needed healthy protein drinks (to replace alcohol and caffeine) and a low-carbohydrate diet to alleviate endocrine stress and to nurse the adrenals back to health. Because of the refusal to acknowledge the underlying blood sugar imbalance with the need for dietary intervention, this patient's recovery was inhumanely very long, extremely painful, and so unnecessary. In addition, the recovery was exacerbated by the daily intake of caffeine (coffee and soda), nicotine, and a high-carbohydrate diet. This man's story is tragic.
For more detailed information regarding the blood sugar connection to mental/emotional disorders please refer to my excellent references at the "How to be Healthy" page.
Graph #10 - Allergy to all foods: This individual went to three different pain clinics to find the reason she experienced pain after eating, yet had no pain on an empty stomach. The pain moved throughout her body from head to toe until she again had an empty stomach. Unable to be diagnosed with the cause of her pain, she was referred for psychiatric counseling.
A 6-hr GTT, however, revealed that she had no pain before or after the test, when her stomach was empty, and that she experienced excruciating pain during the test, on a full stomach. She wasn't making this up.
Look at her graph to see that her blood sugar was high until almost the 6th hour, at which time it dropped to below normal. She experienced no pain when the blood sugar was within range. Her allergy pain was related to her endocrine response to sugar--hormonal stress possibly triggering circulatory inflammation. The solution to ending the pain was to eliminate all stimulants that trigger an endocrine/hormonal response. She did not need a psychiatrist or pain medication. She simply had to eliminate the endocrine stimulants and replace them with healthy snacks and food that supported a stable blood sugar.
Graph #11 - ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): The following three graphs illustrate individuals diagnosed with ADHD. Notice how similar their glucose curves are. They all indicate an extreme sensitivity to sugar, as they release insulin before sugar rises above normal, which requires a quick response from the adrenal glands to release the fight-or-flight (stress) hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones stimulate the production of energy. In examples 2 and 3 you see the blood sugar sinking below the normal level. This reveals that the adrenal glands are losing their ability to work efficiently. If not relieved from the cumulative stress from their diets and lifestyle habits, the adrenals will get weaker and more serious situations will surface.
How diet stabilizes blood sugar: In the following graph, I monitored my blood sugar after each meal. Notice the low carbohydrate intake with breakfast and lunch prevented a glucose spike, but the sugar in the coleslaw in the last meal did cause the blood sugar to spike. The spike creates a cascade of hormonal responses to regain balance. The process stresses the endocrine gland system each time. Some people handle stimulants better than others, but they, too, will eventually suffer from the cumulative damage over time.
I have hundreds of patient blood sugar graphs, but I think you get the picture. You can assume (or prove with a test) that there is a blood-sugar connection to most health problems, and when the blood sugar is corrected and maintained, the whole body heals. We may not always know all of the intricate details as to why it works, but we know enough and that it does. A balanced metabolism is a necessary requirement for harmonious body function and healing.
After receiving my own diagnosis of Hypoglycemia and dietary instructions (at the age of 30), I complained to my physician and mentor that I would rather die than have to eat so strictly. His reply was swift. He said, "You will" (die, that is).
Needless to say, I did change my diet and lifestyle habits and it transformed my life. I learned the hard way that we are what we eat and if we ignore that truth, we may try to fool ourselves, but we will NEVER fool our CELLS!
Take care. Your health is up to you. You are your best doctor.