You may be thinking you don’t need to track your blood sugars because you have never been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or diabetes.. But research found that nearly 40% of US adults have prediabetes. What’s more is that over 80% of people with the condition don’t know they have it.
Let’s say you don’t have prediabetes, or any other type of metabolic syndrome, understanding blood sugar levels is still an important piece of your health puzzle. A recent study found that nearly 88% of Americans have metabolic dysfunction of some kind. Metabolic dysfunction can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, increased waist circumference, and high cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
This all sounds pretty scary, but the good news is that almost all of these conditions (except Type 1 Diabetes) is preventable and in most cases, reversible. And it all starts with tracking your blood sugars.
By tracking your blood sugars, you’re able to see when your glucose is spiking, causing a splurge of insulin and catapulting a series of other reactions in your body. So when you keep your blood sugars stable through a balanced diet and pair it with other healthy habits, like regular exercise, quality sleep, and less stress, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing metabolic dysfunction.