Sugar in the blood is harmful. It is as simple as that. Sugar attaches to protein molecules with negative effects. Over time, the damage builds up, molecule-by-molecule. Whenever blood sugar levels get elevated, damaging activities take place. The longer it stays high; the more destruction develops.
Professor J.S. Christiansen did a study where a Continues Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) was worn by normal people, measuring their blood sugar levels every few minutes.
His findings are:
Normal blood glucose levels summarized:
Compare these findings with the conventional high end cut off for "normal" blood glucose levels, recommended by diabetes authorities.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Blood-glucose levels at the cut-off most doctors consider the high end of "normal" is significantly above the actual blood-glucose levels of real non-diabetics. These higher levels do cause the damage that progresses to diabetic complications.
Blood glucose levels
that will facilitate damage control.
A good rule-of-thumb is to aim for the blood glucose level not be increased by more than 18 mg/dL from any meal.
The goal for all diabetics must be to prevent complications and have a high quality of life.
Getting and maintaining your blood glucose levels in the acceptable range so that you can thrive with diabetes, not just coping. It might be difficult at first, but will become easier when the value is realised, and the habit is formed.
Truly proper blood sugar levels are not only desirable but actually quite achievable. It is about overcoming the difficulties now or suffer from the consequences in the future - when it is too late.
Please consult the services of your
doctor and/or other members of your health care team
before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.
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