Demystifying Blood Sugar: Your Top 5 Questions Answered

Written By Brady Wirick

I use a service called Answer the Public to come up with content ideas to write for you. Blood sugar has been on my mind a lot lately because of the upcoming course. According to Answerthepublic.com, last week, “blood sugar” was only googled 22,000 times while “calories” was closer to 50,000 times. Given how important blood sugar is to your overall health, this tells me how misdirected we are. 

Understanding blood sugar levels is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. However, it’s not uncommon for individuals to have questions about what constitutes normal, high, or dangerous blood sugar levels. Let’s address the most frequently asked questions to provide clarity and empower you to take charge of your health.

Here are the top 5 questions.

1. What Blood Sugar Level is Dangerous?

The textbook answer for dangerous blood sugar level is generally considered to be 240 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) or higher. At this point, the risk of diabetic complications significantly increases, and immediate action is required. However, if you are trying to optimize your health, your blood sugar should not go higher than 140 mg/dL following a meal. Any excess blood sugar above those levels will typically get converted into triglyceride.

2. What Blood Sugar Level is Normal?

Lab fasting blood sugar levels between 70 and 100 mg/dL are generally considered normal. Two hours after meals, blood sugar levels should ideally be below 140 mg/dL. However, it’s important to note that opitmal levels are between 85-99 mg/dL.

3. What Blood Sugar Level is Too Low or Too High?

– Too Low (Hypoglycemia): Blood sugar levels below 70 mg/dL are considered too low and can lead to symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, and confusion. Immediate consumption of a fast-acting carbohydrate, such as fruit juice or glucose tablets, is recommended to raise blood sugar levels.

– Too High (Hyperglycemia): Blood sugar levels consistently exceeding 180 mg/dL can be considered too high. Persistent hyperglycemia will lead to long-term complications.   Managing blood sugar levels through lifestyle changes is crucial.

4. How is Blood Sugar Measured?

Blood sugar is measured using a blood glucose meter, which requires a small blood sample, typically obtained by pricking the fingertip. The meter provides a numerical reading in mg/dL, indicating the concentration of glucose in the blood. Continuous glucose monitoring systems are coming to our office soon and will be used for a comprehensive understanding of blood sugar trends.

5. Why is Blood Sugar High in the Morning?

Elevated blood sugar levels in the morning, known as the dawn phenomenon, can occur for several reasons. During the early morning hours, the body releases hormones such as cortisol and growth hormone, which can lead to increased insulin resistance. Additionally, the liver may release stored glucose into the bloodstream. To manage morning highs, consider adjusting medication schedules, incorporating regular exercise, and maintaining a balanced evening snack.

Conclusion:

Understanding blood sugar levels is an essential aspect of overall health, and being informed empowers you to make proactive choices for your well-being. If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge and take control of your blood sugar, consider joining our upcoming Blood Sugar Mastery Course. It’s a comprehensive guide to managing blood sugar through practical strategies and expert insights. Don’t miss out—take the first step towards a healthier, more informed you!

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