by Gene Medame
Glucose Monitors: Even non-diabetic people should be concerned about watching blood sugar levels!
When you think of Glucose Monitors, you probably immediately think of people diagnosed with diabetes. However,
the incidence of diabetes is definitely on the rise, particularly here in the U.S. Are you aware that today,
even children in grade school are now being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, in ever-increasing rates? Many
experts describe childhood type-2 diabetes as being 'epidemic' in our society. This is alarming news indeed.
This is why all of us need to monitor our sugar consumption as well as that of our children.
You might well ask why diabetes is becoming so common, across all age groups and ethnicities. Type-2 diabetes
is essentially a disease manifested by an inability of the body to manage blood sugar levels, due to an
overtaxed pancreas which cannot keep up with the amount of sugar being processed. While modern life has
provided us with many time-saving food production and processing techniques, in the form of convenience foods
and ready to eat meals, therein lies the rub. When you rely on packaged, refined, highly processed foods for a
significant portion of your diet, you are automatically increasing your sugar intake and thus, your Glucose
Sodas have become the beverage of choice with kids and adults alike. Candy bars, cookies and pastries are put
in the lunch bag for 'dessert'. A typical school kid's lunch may consist of a baloney sandwich, a bag of chips,
a soda and dessert.
Glucose Monitors on the packaged baloney to see if it doesn't contain added sugar, usually in the form of
'fructose corn syrup', used commercially as a 'taste enhancer', which makes it more appealing to the taste
buds. The chips, while usually not containing added sugar, contain a lot of salt, which causes the body to
retain water, contributing to weight gain and even obesity. The soda speaks for itself, as does the candy bar
or other unhealthy 'dessert'. While this lunch is quick to assemble and convenient, the cumulative effect of
this sort of lunch is an overworked pancreas and increased Glucose Monitors.
If you're an adult, on the run with a busy schedule, eating in this manner on a regular basis puts you at
greater risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
The moral to this story? Try to get into the habit of developing menus made with fresh produce and meats. Make
up a big batch of homemade spaghetti sauce to freeze in meal sized portions, instead of reaching for the more
expensive and sugar added commercial jars. Choose juice instead of soda, looking for those with labeling
declaring 'no sugar added – natural fruit sugar only'. A piece of fruit is a far better dessert choice than
Diabetes carries with it so many dietary restrictions and life-threatening complications. A preventative
approach to your diet can save you and your family members from falling victim to this devastating disease.
Watch your sugar intake now, so you won't find yourself having to monitor your Glucose Monitors four times a
day in the future. Good health to you!