Diabetes & Blood Sugar Issues
When we think of sugar, we tend to think of candy and sugary drinks. But sugars are also an essential part of your biology. In human biology, the sugar glucose is the most important source of energy—and how much you have in your blood is a weathervane for your overall health.
There's a "sweet spot" for glucose levels
What's considered "healthy blood sugar" will differ based on your age, weight and even gender. Unfortunately, there's really only one way to measure glucose: a blood test. "Fasting" blood sugar levels are taken when you haven't eaten anything in a while—usually between 8-10 hours. But newer research indicates that you should also pay attention to your blood sugar after you eat.
How sugary food affects glucose levels
We've all seen those T-shirts that say, "life is too short to skip dessert," but unfortunately, indulging frequently in sweets can, quite obviously, lead to weight gain. High-sugar diets should also be avoided because they can change the way your body moves sugar into your cells, where it can be converted to energy—a process famously controlled by a hormone that we call insulin.
How to maintain healthy glucose levels
Fortunately, maintaining already healthy blood sugar levels goes hand in hand with many other steps you may already be taking to stay well, such as eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and making responsible lifestyle choices. Focused nutritional supplements can help, too. Be sure to partner closely with your doctor if you're concerned about maintaining healthy blood sugar. Be proactive about your health and you'll enjoy the sweet rewards of a life in balance!