What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

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The purpose of treating diabetes with medication or a natural approach involving diet and lifestyle is to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range.  Maintaining a normal blood glucose level can dramatically decrease the incidence of diabetes related complications.

It’s absolutely essential that you clearly understand how to monitor your blood sugar and take action to control blood sugar levels.  Growing in knowledge is the foundation of learning how to successfully manage or even reverse type 2 diabetes.

What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

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The first step of your diabetes journey is to understand the distinction between sugar and glucose.  The term sugar refers to sweet carbohydrates that are easily dissolved in water.

Baked goods, candy and other sweet foods should immediately come to mind.  Carbohydrates consist of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen and are easily and quickly broken down during the digestive process.

There are several types of sugar contained in carbohydrate rich foods.  Glucose is the sugar that your body prefers and readily converts to energy.

Other familiar types of sugar include lactose from milk and fructose from fruit.  Lactose and fructose are ultimately converted into glucose to fuel your body.  The body also converts starch, a mixture of two polysaccharides manufactured from glucose, into glucose and energy.

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