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The Blood Sugar Threat

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Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012 08:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Blood sugar (glucose) is the body’s main source of energy. However, when this vital substance builds up in your bloodstream, the result is diabetes, which doubles the risk of heart disease in men and triples it in women.

The real problem is that diabetes and its precursors — including high blood sugar and abnormal levels of the hormone insulin — can remain undetected for years. So it’s imperative that you be tested for it.

The standard test for diabetes is a fasting blood sugar test. However, many people try to outwit the fasting test by changing their eating habits a couple of days before the test. For this reason, in addition to the fasting blood glucose test, doctors recommend a hemoglobin A1C test, which provides a “look back” at your blood glucose level during the past three months. It can’t be outwitted.

Your fasting blood sugar level should be less than 100 mg/dL; any number greater than that indicates either a problem with metabolic syndrome (a cluster of symptoms that indicate blood sugar problems), pre-diabetes, or full-blown Type-2 (late onset) diabetes.

If your A1C test reports a number greater than 6, that means your blood sugar has been unacceptably high during the past three months, no matter what your fasting blood sugar count may be.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that people who had these higher-than-normal blood glucose levels were also more likely to have a chemical marker for heart damage, even without a history of heart disease. This is why there is no such thing as “borderline” or “mild” diabetes. If you have any type of prediabetic condition, you must control your blood glucose level.

To help correct high blood glucose, just get up from your desk or couch and walk around once in a while. People who break up periods of prolonged sitting by being active have lower glucose levels. So instead of hitting that “send” button, walk over to your co-worker’s cubicle, or suggest a “walking meeting” rather than heading to the conference room.

Activity can literally save your life!

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