What is Blood Glucose and
What Should We Do About it?

Blood Glucose? Your questions are answered here. Keeping your levels on target can prevent health problems brought about by diabetes. What are the steps you need to do? Here they are:

  • Follow a meal plan.
  • Take medications.
  • Be physically active.
  • Try keeping your targets
  • Monitor your level numbers.

It used to be people believed that sugar caused diabetes. Doctors used to warn their patients to avoid sugar thinking that a simple carbohydrate would elevate the blood glucose levels much quicker than a complex carbohydrate like bread would do.

Now research studies have shown that both simple and complex carbohydrates have the same result on the blood glucose levels at the same time. So the American Diabetic Association released its diet recommendation that does not limit the amount of sugar.

This does not mean you have to rush to eat all the desserts and to drink all the beverages you want. You still have to maintain a balanced diet. Remember that even though sugar and other complex carbohydrates are absorbed at the same time, they do not have the same nutritional value.

By now you must be wondering what makes your levels go up and down. Well, they rise and fall throughout the day and if you understand why this happens, half the battle is won. Why, you asked? It’s simple for knowing the reasons will enable you to take steps in keeping them on target.

So, what can make blood glucose rise and fall? For easy understanding, let’s take them one at a time. Here are the reasons why they rise:

  • Stress
  • Not enough diabetes medications.
  • Side effects of other medications.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Meals with more food or more carbohydrates than typical
  • Other sickness or even infection
  • Hormone level changes like those brought about by menstrual periods

Now that you know what makes your level rise, let’s tackle the other end of the spectrum. What can make it fall? Here they are:

  • Drinking alcoholic beverages particularly on an empty stomach
  • Too much diabetes medications.
  • Side effects of other medications.
  • Additional activity.
  • Meals with less food or less carbohydrates than typical
  • Failing to have or missing a meal or snack

Now knowing the causes of the rise and fall of your glucose levels, can you tell what you have to do to maintain control. No? Sure you can but if you’re having a problem about this, I understand. It’s hard to keep an objective mind when you’re so close to the challenge. Want to review to get more answers? or Review Blood Glucose? Now here are the targets recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Before meals, it is 90 to 130 mg/dl. Two hours after the start of a meal, the target is less than 180 mg/dl. These are on the average so contact your doctor for your personal targets. What to do? Just keep your blood glucose levels on target.

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