4 Facts to Know About Blood Sugar

Most people know it’s important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. They know that eating processed foods can raise blood sugar levels, and eating whole foods can help support healthy blood sugar levels.

But many people don’t know exactly what blood sugar is.

So, what is it? And why is it important to overall health? Here are four things to know about blood sugar.

#1 Healthy blood sugar levels are necessary to the body

Blood sugar—also known as glucose—is sugar your body makes from the foods you eat. Blood sugar is used to provide energy to the body’s cells. In order to support the various functions of the body, it’s important that blood glucose levels aren’t too high or too low.

#2 Blood sugar impacts heart health

Blood sugar can coat red blood cells, causing them to become stiff. Over time, these stiff cells impact blood circulation. Since healthy circulation is important to heart health, one way to support good circulation is by keeping blood sugar levels within a normal range.

#3 Blood sugar levels affect weight loss or maintenance

Part of maintaining a healthy weight is making sure that your blood sugar levels are healthy. That’s because blood sugar impacts metabolism. Since healthy metabolic function is necessary to aiding weight loss or maintenance, it’s important to make good eating choices.

#4 There are two important ways to support healthy blood sugar levels

Positively impacting your blood sugar levels is as simple as making different food choices. Here are three ways to support healthy blood sugar levels:

1. Avoid refined carbohydrates like white flour tortillas, cookies, white bread, sugar-sweetened drinks and candy. Avoid foods or drinks with added sugar.

2. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods. While an apple has sugar in it, the fiber and nutrients causes the body to treat that sugar differently than a donut.

3. Exercise regularly. Along with other health benefits, regular exercise can lower blood sugar and support insulin function.

There are a lot of “levels” to consider as you assess your overall health: cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar…the list goes on. Thankfully, consistent healthy choices impact all of the levels in your body, including blood sugar. By choosing less processed and more whole foods, you can support total blood sugar, weight loss or maintenance, heart health, and total wellness.

How do you support healthy blood sugar?

[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bloodsugar.html
[2] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-blog/high-blood-sugar/bgp-20056519