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We are halfway through my 12 Days of Bone Health Holiday Tips.  If you missed the first five tips for Bone Holiday Health, you can view them here:
Tip #1 – MOST IMPORTANT!  Check your minerals –
Tip #2 – Water for Bone Health
Tip #3 – Stress
Tip #4 – Superfoods and Bone Health
Tip #5 – Inflammation – Killer of Bones
Tip #6 Blood Sugar
Blood Sugar
Bone tissue rebuilds itself constantly through cells called osteoblasts (bone-building) and osteoclasts (tears down old bone) that work together to strike a balance for bone strength. The much-needed bone-building effects of osteoblasts are impaired when blood glucose is elevated. After indulging in a high-sugar treat, the blood sugar of a healthy individual returns to normal within a reasonable amount of time. But when sugary and high-starch foods are consumed on a regular basis (some as often as every meal and for snacks), the body becomes overwhelmed and has difficulty lowering the amounts of sugar bombarding the blood stream. Blood sugar dysregulation sets in, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) develops. If this continues, hypoglycemia can turn into hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and can eventually become full-blown Type II Diabetes. Blood sugar dysregulation continually wears away at the bone, decreasing osteoblast activity and increasing osteoclast bone-destroying activity.  This eventually leads to osteoporosis and risk of fracture.
As you can see, there is a great need to control blood sugar for those who suffer from bone loss (and other diseases). This time of year, where sweets, sugar, and high fatty and starchy foods abound can wreak havoc on those of us who already suffer from Diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation.So, what can we do?

Be especially diligent during this holiday season to indulge in naturally sweetened treats instead of heavily sugar-laden treats. There are many delicious desserts out there that are low on the glycemic index and sweetened with sugar alternatives. PS. Check out the many no-sugar desserts on my website,  , or see the links below.  And if you must indulge, do so rarely, eating healthy all the other days. And always eat a good protein along-side the sweet treat to help balance blood sugar.

Did you know there are other things that affect blood sugar besides sweet desserts?

  1. Artificial sweeteners—Yes! Just because it is sugar-free doesn’t mean it won’t spike one’s blood sugar. Some individuals are extra sensitive to ANYTHING SWEET and can therefore raise blood sugar.
  2. Coffee—Again, extra-sensitive people may find that their morning cup of joe (even without cream and sugar) can start their day off with high blood sugar.
  3. Losing sleep—even just one night of too little sleep can make your body use insulin less efficiently.
  4. Skipping breakfast—going without that morning meal can increase blood sugar after both lunch and dinner.
  5. Time of day—blood sugar can be harder to control the later it gets. That’s why experts recommend starting the day with a quality protein and veggies only.
  6. Dehydration—less water in your body means a higher blood sugar concentration.

For more reading of blood sugar and sugar cravings, go here:…/blood-sugar…/

Check out some of my favorite desserts: