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Carbohydrates And Blood Sugar

When people eat a food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar for energy or storage. As cells absorb blood sugar, levels in the bloodstream begin to fall. When this happens, the pancreas start making glucagon, a hormone that signals the liver to start releasing stored sugar. This interplay of insulin and glucagon ensure that cells throughout the body, and especially in the brain, have a steady supply of blood sugar. Carbohydrate metabolism is important in the development of type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body can’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it makes. Type 2 diabetes usually develops gradually over a number of years, beginning when muscle and other cells stop responding to insulin. This condition, known as insulin resistance, causes blood sugar and insulin levels to stay high long after eating. Over time, the heavy demands made on the insulin-making cells wears them out, and insulin production eventually stops. Glycemic index In the past, carbohydrates were com Continue reading >>

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  1. busaman99

    low glucose levels indicative of Hypoglycemia or Insulin Resistance?

    Hey, how are you all doing? Well, I don't have Diabetes, yet my GTT is a little abnormal to my understanding. Only explanation an Endocrinologist stated is "Great, you don't have Diabetes", but from what I'm researching, my results aren't normal.
    I have had a BAD diet for over a decade and defined - I'm a HUGE carb addict. I'm in my early 30s and am not really overweight. I'm approximately at 22% bodyfat, but hide it well.
    Results of GTT:
    Fasting: 83
    1Hr: 69
    2Hr: 49
    Another Endocrinologist stated I may have issues with Insulin Resistance. I'm just trying to get others stories and possibly advice regarding what I'm sharing.
    Much appreciated.

  2. MarkM

    I don't see any evidence of insulin resistance in those numbers. That there is no spike at 1 hour after the glucose load is surprising. Maybe it came sooner, like at 30 minutes, and was all over at 1 hour. The drop in numbers suggests reactive hypoglycemia, and maybe that is what the endo was talking about. Do you feel low (shakey, breathless, dizzy) a couple of hours after eating lots of carbs?
    My advice would be to reduce the amount of carbs you eat. It looks like your body doesn't like them .

  3. BarEdul

    Looks like Reactive hypoglycemia to me... great you have hypoglycemia which means if you don't curb your ways now one day you may have diabetes.. there is a serious possiblity that your endo is an idiot.

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