Understanding Blood Sugar and Its Effect on You

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Something that often goes overlooked in determining how healthy you are is blood sugar. A deficit or a surplus of blood sugar can affect your health in a myriad of ways. From metabolism to emotional health and wellbeing to the health of important organs such as the pancreas, blood sugar is key to being well. Check out this article from Web MD to understand the basics of blood sugar and determine if you should be concerned. 

How Blood Sugar Affects Your Body

When you have diabetes, your blood sugar (glucose) levels are consistently high. Over time, this can damage your body and lead to many other problems.

How much sugar in the blood is too much? Why is high blood sugar so bad for you? Here’s a look at how your sugar level affects your health.

What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

A normal sugar level is less than 100 mg/dL after not eating (fasting) for at least 8 hours. And it’s less than 140 mg/dL 2 hours after eating.

During the day, levels tend to be at their lowest just before meals. For most people without diabetes, blood sugar levels before meals hover around 70 to 80 mg/dL. For some people, 60 is normal; for others, 90.

What’s a low sugar level? It varies widely, too. Many people’s sugar levels won’t ever fall below 60, even with prolonged fasting. When you diet or fast, the liver keeps sugar levels normal by turning fat and muscle into sugar. A few people’s levels may fall somewhat lower.

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