Higher Blood Sugar Blinds Immune System

September 15, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Higher Blood Sugar Blinds Immune System
New research shows that higher-than-normal blood sugar1 directly interferes with your immune system’s ability to recognize bacterial and fungal infections. Normally the long-term side effects of high blood sugar are considered to be cardiovascular, kidney, and eyesight related. This new information explains why diabetic patients and even those with pre-diabetic higher blood sugar are at risk for chronic Candida albicans problems.

The new research shows that higher-than-normal blood sugar binds to immune cells and blinds them from being able to identify an infectious bacterial or fungal problem. This is because carbohydrates on cell membranes for an alphabet of communication that your immune system depends upon for optimal function.. This is a different problem than sugar glycation of protein known as AGEs (advanced glycation end products).

This same signaling system is also involved in the processing of inflammatory reactions and normal cell death. The researchers point out that high sugar interfering with this normal and needed communication also contributes to the inflammatory disease burden, including cardiovascular risk.

Getting your blood sugar to a fasting score of 90 or less is a top health priority for anyone seeking to truly improve their health.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ High Blood Sugar Impedes Immune Recognition  Immunobiology  Rebecca Ilyasa, Russell Wallisb, Elizabeth J. Soilleuxc, Paul Townsendd, Daniel Zehndera, Bee K. Tana, Robert B. Sime, Hendrik Lehnerta, f, Harpal S. Randevaa and Daniel A. Mitchell.

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