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Over the years, research has continued to show that blood sugar regulation plays an important role in promoting overall health and reducing our cancer risk. When we consume meals or beverages that contain carbohydrates, our blood sugar will naturally rise, however, certain foods and dietary patterns can elevate blood sugar levels past a healthy threshold, which are often referred to as blood sugar spikes.
The concern with blood sugar spikes is that when there is a dramatic increase in blood sugar levels, this causes a subsequent increase in a hormone called insulin. When insulin is elevated, this also elevates insulin-like-growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which has been shown to aid cancer cell growth. Another consequence of these spikes is feeling more fatigued as well as sugar cravings after meals, which may lead to further difficulties with weight management. In contrast, those who have stable blood sugar levels tend to feel more energetic and satisfied after meals.
The cause of unhealthy blood sugar spikes is not only consuming sugar in high-sugar foods like sugary drinks, desserts, and candy, but also in refined carbohydrates that are low in fibre such as white rice, breads, white potatoes, and white flour. Although it can be difficult to completely avoid these foods, there are specific strategies we can take to reduce spikes in blood sugar when these foods are consumed.
Here are 3 natural and simple ways you can help reduce your blood sugar:
Interested in learning more about how you can make healthy changes to your diet? Our clinic offers a free, online 4-week nutrition program to those that have been diagnosed with cancer, which runs every Thursday starting September 22, from 7-8 pm. Register here: https://ccnmicc.ca/programs-events
Author: Melissa Boulos, CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre Intern