On average, I monitor my blood glucose 6-10 times a day and I have through careful observation over time concluded that these factors cause blood glucose concentration to increase, in order of strength:
Infections (especially bacterial) -- They feed on sugar in the digestive system and on blood glucose, they increase blood glucose concentrations to very high levels.Elevated and fluctuating blood glucose will feed infections.
Carbohydrates -- The strong extended-release version of sugar which increase blood glucose.
Sugars -- Potent but short lived.They increase blood glucose.
Lactose (sugar from dairy) -- The medium strength extended-release version of sugar.It increases blood glucose.
Over consumption -- Food intakes build up in the digestive system, which continually releases glucose into the blood stream.Blood glucose increases.
Bowel retention -- because one is not allowed or otherwise unable to use the restroom (WC).Creates a condition similar to over consumption.This may increase blood glucose.
Constipation -- Creates a condition similar to over consumption. This can be corrected by adding more fiber to the diet (laxative effect.)
Glucagons -- A hormone that is released from the alpha cells of the pancreas into the blood stream, which increases blood glucose concentration.
Stress -- Bad stress leads to bowel retention, constipation, and glucagon release.Good stress will decrease blood glucose concentration.
Anger -- Causes glucagon release.
Fear -- Causes glucagon release.
Anxiety -- Causes bowel retention, which increases blood glucose concentration and glucagon release.
Other negative thoughts or feelings -- Cause glucagon release.
The dawn effect -- Blood glucose concentration decreases at about 5:00 a.m., and then increases much higher at about 8:00 a.m.This occurs naturally even under fasting conditions.
Ketosis -- Breakdown of fat, that converts to glucose, and increases blood glucose concentrations.
Ketoacidosis -- Ketosis with high blood glucose levels (above 300 milligrams/deciliter) due to the fact that there is not enough insulin present for the glucose load.A great feeding source for infections.
Lack of physical activity -- Excess glucose in the system is not used, increasing blood glucose concentration.Increases presence of infections.Blood glucose is converted and stored as fat, which leads to insulin resistance.
Some medications -- Can increase blood glucose.Usually there is a warning to diabetics on the label.
Exercise or physical activity -- Will lower blood glucose somewhat, but heavy or sporadic exercise will cause a sudden drop in blood glucose and cause glucagon to be released, which will increase blood glucose.Exercise will also result in food cravings, which will result in excessive eating, increasing blood glucose.Depending on the type of physical activity, it may combine with other factors and increase blood glucose levels.Routine and moderate exercise is good for blood glucose control.
The combination and compounding of some or all of the above factors contribute to the vicious self-compounding circle of hyperglycemia (diabetes).Each individual factor is a unique feature that causes the body to be out of balance.The difficulty is to find all the right balance points.
From what I have thus far presented a clear link can be drawn between sugars, carbohydrates, blood glucose, infections, and how children behave.Blood glucose fluctuations do affect the mood. Sudden increases in blood glucose and elevated blood glucose can cause hyperactivity, irritability, discomfort, anger, and sluggishness.Children with these behavioral characteristics may be exhibiting symptoms related to diet and infections.