Hormones function as the body’s messengers, a remarkably effective physiological system within the endocrine system. Hormones have control over numerous bodily activities, including blood sugar regulation. And while you may presume that the only hormone linked to diabetes is insulin, other hormones, including estrogen and cortisol, also have a relationship with blood sugar.
According to the CDC, it is estimated that 30.3 million people in the United States — or 9.4% of the population—have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which affects most diabetics, can be a source of guilt since sufferers are often chastised for their condition.
This is because food and lifestyle choices generally cause type 2 diabetes. Patients with diabetes are often put on a special diet and told to cut back on calories and do more physical activity to lose weight. Despite this, diabetes rates continue to rise.
The Happy Hormone Cottage team specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a safe and effective treatment for many menopausal symptoms that also helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
This allows those who suffer from hormone imbalances or shortages to achieve more natural and stable hormone levels. Many of the body’s physiological activities run far more efficiently when hormones are appropriately controlled.
Continue reading to find out how balanced hormones can help keep blood sugar stable and Type 2 diabetes at bay.
The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones
Most individuals are unaware that this type of diabetes has a hormonal component. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose into cells so that it can be used as energy. However, when you have type 2 diabetes, your cells don’t use insulin as well as they should. This is called insulin resistance, and over time, glucose builds up in your bloodstream, making it rise. If not treated, this can result in type 2 diabetes.
That said, insulin is not a lone player in diabetes; rather, because all hormones interact, an imbalance in one usually impacts the others, leading to insulin resistance and blood sugar issues.
Hormones that influence insulin and glucose regulation include:
Cortisol, a stress hormone, promotes insulin resistance when levels are high.
When levels are too high, this hormone induces insulin resistance.
Thyroid hormones control metabolism. When they are out of balance, they can make blood sugar regulation a challenge.
Researchers have found that estrogen targets specific cells in the pancreas and the gut, which helps to control blood sugar levels. This is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
How to Balance Your Hormones & Blood Sugar Levels
While following your doctor’s guidance for preventing or managing type 2 diabetes is critical, balancing your hormones may help control your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to correct a hormonal imbalance.
Get Enough Sleep
According to research, getting a sufficient amount of sleep is necessary for maintaining a hormonal balance, particularly regarding your stress hormones. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night to fully benefit from its hormone-balancing effects.
Stress and cortisol levels decrease when you meditate, so your hormones are more balanced.
Watch what you eat
Consume enough protein—0.5-0.8 g/pound of bodyweight is enough if your activity level is modest. Try to eat 9 cups of fresh vegetables every day! Fiber helps to balance blood sugar levels by slowing sugar absorption through the gut lining, allowing blood sugar levels to rise gradually.
- Avoid refined sweets and processed meals. Nobody needs soda or additional sugar! Not even children!
- Eat enough fat! Healthy fats such as olive oil, fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds all assist in balancing our blood sugar and prevent spikes that can disrupt our mood and hormones.
- Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated might help you control your cravings and avoid reaching for sugary snacks.
How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help
Insulin is a hormone; insulin levels can alter other hormone levels, throwing the body’s overall balance off. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can assist in rebalancing your hormonal system.
BHRT is a safer alternative to traditional hormone therapy and a great way to improve insulin function and avoid type 2 diabetes. A balanced diet and exercise regimen combined with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help manage insulin resistance and diabetes.
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Available In Centerville, Ohio
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