Understanding Dysglycemia

What is Dysglycemia?

Dysglycemia is a large term meaning an abnormality or dysfunction with your blood sugar stability. This can mean either too high blood sugar levels, hyperglycemia or too low blood sugar levels, hypoglycemia. At Puckette Integrative Healthcare, we like to focus on adjustments and nutrition as a way to assist with regulating these levels so that you can live a happy, healthy life.

How is blood sugar supposed to work?

When we eat foods that may have a lot of sugars such as carbohydrates, highly refined sugars, or starches, the sugar enters our blood stream and can create an imbalance within the insulin and glucose levels within our body. Insulin assists the body to transport glucose into our cells. If there is a problem within this system or its function, it could make the cells become either more or less receptive, meaning the body must create larger amounts of insulin. The body then becomes less sensitive to the insulin in its system, creating a cycle within the body because of the large amounts of glucose that may be circulating.

What causes this imbalance?

Since there is either high or low blood sugar levels, when we start of the day with low blood sugar, we tend to have foods that have sugar because they give our body a “boost” of energy. This in common with those who have lower blood sugar levels. This increase of sugar increases insulin production. As we go throughout the day, these levels vary. Hyperglycemia is when the cells don’t want as much sugar in the cells, resulting in a high level of glucose in the blood system. This can damage our arteries and affect our body’s circulation. Both of these imbalances can cause inflammation, as well as problems with stress hormones, brain function, our lives, libido, and energy.

We want to figure out what is causing your body to create this imbalance and inflammation. The first thing we look at is what is causing inflammation. This could be either dietary, gut problems, or an immune system dysfunction. Nutritional supplements are also helpful throughout the course of your care. Once we find what is causing the problem, we can get you to start feeling healthy.

If you have any questions, please view our other diabetes videos, resources page or feel free to call our office.

Here’s To A Better Life,

Dr. Puckette