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Blood Sugar Balance Is The Secret To A Healthy Mind And A Healthy Relationship

John Gray

I believe the biggest modern challenges to our health are hormonal balance, weight gain, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and ADHD. ADHD is so important because it leads to many of the mental diseases that show up later in life when ADHD goes unnoticed. But even before that, and more importantly, ADHD affects almost every relationship you have in your life, but you just don't know it.

One of the leading causes of ADHD is high blood sugar levels. The high consumption of soft drinks, fruit juice, bread, cookies, chips, ice cream, cakes, pudding, etc. raise your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels contribute to ADHD by causing free radical damage to brain neurons and chronic inflammation.

Hormone release is part of the body's fight-or-flight response, which readies it to take action at the first sign of trouble -- or bolt in the other direction. Cortisol and other hormones release a surge of energy in the form of glucose (sugar), which the body can use to fight or flee.

That rush of glucose is no problem if your body's insulin response is working correctly. But for people with diabetic conditions, whose bodies can't move glucose as efficiently into cells, it leads to a buildup of sugar in the bloodstream.

It can be a never-ending cycle: you get stressed and your blood sugar rises, which stresses you out even more.

Female hormones, specifically estrogens and progesterone affect your cells' sensitivity to insulin. Estrogen has a protective effect on pancreas cells and prevents them from premature cell death. It also works on the cells of the pancreas to increase the production of insulin when required by certain conditions, such as diabetes.

As women move into menopause, the levels of estrogen being produced in the ovaries begin to decline. This decline in estrogen seems to cause our cells to become more insulin resistant. Insulin resistance causes cells to not absorb glucose from the bloodstream as readily so blood glucose levels get higher. This causes a higher probability of diabetic complications over time.

It is important to monitor your blood sugar levels consistently during menopause and pay attention to lifestyle behaviors that support healthy blood sugar levels: exercise, stress management and food choices.


A study at Ohio State University explored how blood sugar influenced the relationships of 107 couples. The researchers were looking for a relationship between abusive relationships and blood sugar levels.

Their hypothesis was that blood sugar levels would be associated with daily aggression. They measured aggression levels by giving each person a doll that represented their spouse and 51 pins. At the end of each day during the 21-day study, they were instructed to add between 0-51 pins, depending on how angry they were with their spouse.

Men and women with lower blood sugar, or glucose, levels in the evening had higher aggressive impulses toward their spouses. These findings show that people who eat diets based on metabolic energy might foster more harmonious couple interactions.

If you've been feeling more irritable or aggressive and it's taking a toll on your relationships, it may be time to get your glucose levels checked.

Watch my video to learn how high blood pressure can affect your relationships and what you can do to balance your blood sugar levels.


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