How Carbohydrates Affect Blood Sugar Levels

Last week we had a general discussion on the topic of blood sugar. One of the main things that came out of this discussion was the fact that abnormal (either too high or too low) levels of glucose in the bloodstream can have very serious consequences in terms of general health and wellbeing. For the person dealing with the effects of ADD/ADHD these consequences can be even more pronounced as blood sugar abnormalities often manifest in the form of emotional instability and a lack of focus. It therefore goes without saying that controlling blood sugar levels should be very high on the list of modern health priorities, especially if you are faced with ADD/ADHD. With this article we will therefore start to unpack some of the most important techniques for maintaining a balanced blood sugar level.

It is important to note, before we continue, that there are some people for whom ‘natural’ blood sugar control is very difficult, if not impossible. They are the almost 5% of the population that can be classed as diabetic. Diabetics suffer from, either a lack of insulin, or insensitivity to the insulin that is present in their bodies. This means that their blood sugar ranges outside normal limits and that medical intervention (often in the form of insulin injections) is often necessary for them to function normally. If you suspect that you may suffer from diabetes (not all forms of diabetes are present from childhood. ‘Type 2’ diabetes typically develops later in life), you should seek immediate medical attention and not attempt any of the techniques that will be discussed in this and subsequent articles. It may very well be that the treatment you will be prescribed will broadly correspond with some of the advice given here but it is very important that you are assessed by a qualified medical professional first.