Maintaining a Healthy, Steady Blood Sugar
Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose, or sugar, in a person’s blood. Glucose is the primary source of energy for humans, and it helps a number of different tissues and organs within the body function properly. The system is delicate, however, and an excess or deficiency of blood sugar can lead to a number of different issues, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. Excess blood sugar can lead to a suppressed appetite, and possibly diabetes in the long-term, while low levels can result in lethargy and weakness.
In humans, the normal blood sugar level typically falls between 108mg to 140mg. This level can lower during periods of fasting and increase after eating a meal. But, generally speaking, this range is reflective of a healthy blood sugar level. For some people, however, it can be difficult to maintain this steady level. Factors such as exercise and especially diet can affect blood sugar levels. For example, cookies and chocolates are high in sugar, resulting in heightened blood sugar that the body must work to bring back to normal levels. In order to avoid fluctuations in blood sugar, dietary changes can be a major first step.
Healthy Snacks to Help Keep Blood Sugar at the Proper Level
Here are a few healthy snacks that may help to control blood sugar by preventing sudden spikes or drops:
While these snacks may be helpful in controlling blood sugar, anyone concerned about their glucose levels should visit with a doctor. A doctor can review all of the important factors, such as symptoms, family history, and current sugar levels to develop an effective treatment plan for the individual, if needed.
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