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Special Episode #4: Life & Blood Sugar
For someone with diabetes, everything they do in life affects their blood sugar. They could be eating 100% right and taking their medicine 100% right, and something would cause the blood sugar to be off. Exercise: It is well-accepted that exercise is good for you. Your body will store extra sugar as a large molecule called Glycogen. Imagine a line of kindergarteners hold hands trying to make it through the museum, Glycogen is just a bunch of glucoses holding hands. When you’re not eating, your body will snip off a glucose at a time as it needs it. The liver stores and directs the glycogen most of the time. Your skeletal muscles also store some glycogen, because when they do work (i.e. exercise), it takes too long for the liver to snip off glucose from glycogen and send it to them. After exercise, the body replenishes the muscles’ glycogen stores. This can cause the blood sugar level to drop, for someone with diabetes, this can be dangerous because they can’t “untake” medicine. When protein and carbohydrates are eaten together, before or after exercise, the blood sugar changes can happen more slowly - the nutrient absorption in the gut causes a “traffic jam” of sorts. Sleep: Certain metabolism processes happen only when you sleep. Some people with diabetes wake up with really high blood sugar, others wake up with really low blood sugar. Sleep is not restful and restorative if the blood sugar is out of balance, but also if sleep is not restful, then blood sugar levels can be jacked up - not just in the morning, but for the rest of the day. Stress: The hormones that are triggered by stress - even something as basic as adrenaline, can cause the body to respond to insulin and glucose differently. Sickness: Your body is going to responds things differently when the immune system is in high gear - that includes insulin, glucose, the food you eat. An infection requires an antibiotic because you are infected with a bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms. Living organisms consume energy sources and produce waste. This can affect the sugar levels in your bloodstream. You’re immune system doing work also burns sugar. Allergies: Works about the same as sickness. Your