Regarding Blood Sugar Levels, If I Don't Eat For A Long Time, Does My Sugar Go Up Or Down. Why Are Diabetics Advised To Eat Every Few Hours?
To work properly the blood sugar level needs to be above one level and below another- it depends on what measurement you use. In general, Blood sugar maintenance is very simple in theory… you eat, sugar is the first thing to absorb and your blood sugar increases. Little chemical monitors in your body see the increase and calculate how fast the increase is, and tell the pancreas to release insulin in an amount just enough to keep the sugar at the right level. This happens continuously, a constant cycle of “eat, absorb, measure sugar, release insulin”: lets call that the insulin response. When a person has diabetes mellitus (the kind based on inadequate provision of insulin) the insulin response doesn’t work. So, the person takes medication that usually does one of three things: 1- makes it easier for the body to absorb sugar 2- forces the pancreas to make more insulin 3- replaces the insulin now, the medication helps keep the blood sugar in a healthy range, but its not as sensitive or responsive as the body’s own system. Normal and diabetic blood sugar ranges For the majority of healthy individuals, normal blood sugar levels are as follows: Between 4.0 to 6.0 mmol/L (72 to Continue reading >>