Why Is It Important To Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable?
A few weeks ago, I explained the difference between glycemic index and glycemic load in this post. I also put together the very popular free Low Glycemic Cooking 101 page to make it easier for my readers to navigate low glycemic recipes available on my blog. In today’s post, I am addressing the next question: why should you care about your blood sugar levels even if you are not diabetic? Why is it important to keep your blood sugar stable? The answer is simple: high blood sugar can damage the lining of our blood vessels; persistently high blood sugar levels can also cause a number of degenerative diseases; low blood sugar levels trigger the release of the stress hormone cortisol. For these reasons, our brain is programmed to keep our blood sugar within a narrow range. As soon as the blood sugar goes over the normal level our brain declares an “emergency” and the hormone insulin goes to work to remove the excess blood sugar from the blood. At first, insulin takes the sugar to the muscles and the liver where it is stored as glycogen. Unfortunately, the storage capacity of our muscles and liver is limited, so as soon as they are full insulin starts transporting the excess sugar Continue reading >>