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How Does High Blood Sugar Affect The Brain?

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Why A Sugar High Leads To A Brain Low

The average American consumes somewhere between two to three pounds of sugar each week. Over the last twenty years, our national sugar consumption exploded from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar—per person—annually. Compare that to sugar consumption in the late 1800s, when the average consumption was five pounds per person-per year. A time, incidentally, when heart disease and cancer were virtually unknown. While your brain requires a pretty constant supply of the blood sugar product glucose in order to function properly, constantly eating refined sugars and slurping down sodas does not provide the best route for sugar intake. On the contrary, researchers at the Salk Institute in California found that high glucose levels resulting from quick, easy sugar intake slowly but surely damage cells everywhere in the body, especially those in the brain. Unfortunately, having too little glucose and having too much glucose are both problematic. When your blood sugar levels drop, your hypothalamus sends out a distress signal that leads to the release of adrenaline to your liver, ordering it to turn excess fat into glucose. When you consume too much sugar, your pancreas secretes insulin to n Continue reading >>

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  1. joannqn

    Dad in ICU...blood sugar over 400

    My dad recently needed new glasses. Then he started posting on FB on how he was drinking a gallon and a half and still thirsty. He wasn't sleeping well, getting up to pee and drink more at night, stuff like that. Then he complained of metallic taste in his mouth and nothing would make it go away. He'd had orange juice, chocolate milk, milk, coffee, tons of ice water, coke, dr. pepper, etc. all before noon.
    I told him he had symptoms of diabetes and needed to see the doctor. Shockingly (truly it was a shock to find out), he listened and went to an urgent care clinic (no job, no insurance). They put him in an ambulance and shipped him off to the hospital where he was admitted to ICU.
    All I know is what my aunt just told me. Sugar over 400. Acid in the blood. Numbers low. I know he has diabetes and they are monitoring him overnight, and he may be sent home tomorrow. My aunt is aware that she has to change the way she cooks and it sounds like she is willing to google and learn.
    Can you who know about diabetes explain how bad 400 is? What is acid in the blood? And what numbers being low might she be talking about?

  2. KnitWit

    I do not know the answers to your questions...just wanted to give you a
    I know that our bodies need to be alkaline, not acidic. Acidic is the atmosphere for disease growth. It can be changed via diet.

  3. besroma

    I can't answer your questions, but hope he is doing better soon.

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