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13 Diabetes Myths That Don't Lower Blood Sugar

Skipping meals could potentially push your blood glucose higher. When you don't eat for several hours because of sleep or other reasons, your body fuels itself on glucose released from the liver. For many people with type 2 diabetes (PWDs type 2), the liver doesn't properly sense that the blood has ample glucose already, so it continues to pour out more. Eating something with a little carbohydrate signals the liver to stop sending glucose into the bloodstream and can tamp down high numbers. Skipping meals can also lead to overeating, which can cause an increase in weight. And if you take certain diabetes medications that stimulate the body's own insulin such as common sulfonylureas, or you take insulin with injections or a pump, you risk having your blood glucose drop too low when you skip or delay meals. Going Low-Carb Low-carb diets "are not balanced and deprive the body of needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals," says Constance Brown-Riggs, M.S.Ed, R.D., CDE, CDN, author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes (Career Press, 2010). Recently, Brown-Riggs counseled a PWD type 2 who ate very little carbohydrate. The result: poor energy and severe headaches. Brown-R Continue reading >>

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  1. Lukose Thampy

    generally speaking, the insulin hormone will bind to receptors on cells it encounters and induce increased expression of glucose channels on the plasma membrane of the cell; this physically enables glucose to leave the blood/interstitium and enter the cell, causing blood glucose levels to fall.

  2. Michael L. Jirka

    You need Insulin as a transporter across the cellular membrane to get glucose into the cell where it is needed.
    You need Cytochrome C to get oxygen across the cellular membrane to get oxygen to where it is needed. If your furnace if faulty, you breath Carbon Monoxide that binds with Cytochrome C and oxygen builds up in your blood … but can’t get to the cells where it is needed.
    Similarly, if there is no insulin in the blood, GLUCOSE builds up in the blood stream but can’t get into the cell where it is needed. The cells are forced to use fats and proteins that don’t burn cleanly (like smokey diesel fuel). Byproducts build up in the blood and can kill you … and you have all this glucose just waiting to be delivered but the truckers are on strike.

    With Cytochrome C and Insulin, you have all the makins to make a clean burning fire … I’ll bring the hot dogs.

  3. Johanna Kristin Ellerup

    The simplest laymens explanation is direct - When you see and smell food your body starts to produce enzyme enriched saliva designed to chemically coat and start the metabolic process of digestion. This also signals the release of substances in the stomach (pepsin for one) and the colon in preparation. There are two key players in the maintenance of blood sugar levels - cortisol and insulin (there are others that signal the release and inhibition of these as well). The main function of cortisol is to keep blood glucose circulating or stored in a quickly convertible form so that it is always readily available for use as the body needs it in times of fasting. Insulin is secreted by the Islet of Langerhans cells in response to elevated blood glucose to take it out of the blood stream and increase its absorption by organs and tissues. Glucose and water are an energy (food) source requirement for all metabolic processes, where it gets converted to other forms, like glycogen which is the main component in the brain. Our body is even designed, during times of fasting, to convert proteins into glucose via gluconeogenesis, with substances like ketones as the by-product.
    This process is quite fascinating and more complex than explained here, with intricate signally pathways and digestive enzymes as key figures. When a person has type 1 (usually diagnosed in early childhood as non-functioning pancreatic Beta cells) or type 2 (normally diagnosed later due to stress or other pancreatic dysfunction), the role of endogenous insulin (types 1 & 2) and insulin secretogues (type 2) are vital because excess glucose accumulates in the blood stream causing a hyper-osmotic like state (causing other diseases like peripheral artery occlusion, fungal infections, etc) yet their organs and tissues are being deprived of energy.
    Hope this explanation helps!

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