Blood sugar is a major player in our overall health.
We all have blood sugar spikes throughout the day. We eat and it shoots up, we go hours without food in between meals and it drops. Up and down, up and down all day long. It’s much worse with diabetes, but everyone needs to try to regulate blood sugar levels.
According to WebMD:
High blood sugar levels bad for you. Glucose is precious fuel for all the cells in your body when it’s present at normal levels. But it can behave like a slow-acting poison.
- High sugar levels slowly erode the ability of cells in your pancreas to make insulin. The organ overcompensates and insulin levels stay too high. Over time, the pancreas is permanently damaged.
- High levels of blood sugar can cause changes that lead to a hardening of the blood vessels, what doctors call atherosclerosis.
Almost any part of your body can be harmed by too much sugar. Damaged blood vessels cause problems such as:
Kidney disease or kidney failure, requiring dialysis
Vision loss or blindness
Weakened immune system, with a greater risk of infections
Nerve damage, also called neuropathy, that causes tingling, pain, or less sensation in your feet, legs, and hands
Poor circulation to the legs and feet
Slow wound-healing and the potential for amputation in rare cases
[tbpquotable]Here’s a great infographic to show you the facts about blood sugar levels[/tbpquotable]
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