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Surprising Things That Happen When You Lower Your Blood Sugar

Doctor explains several ways lowering your blood sugar is beneficial. 
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Managing your blood sugar, especially if you're a diabetic, is essential for helping prevent major health issues like heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, there's several other surprising health benefits of lowering your blood sugar and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with  Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies who explained why lowering your blood sugar helps improve your overall well-being. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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What is Blood Sugar and Why is it Important?

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Dr. Mitchell says "Most people are familiar with blood sugar, but many don't know exactly what it means. Blood sugar is simply the amount of glucose, or sugar in your blood. Glucose is an essential energy source for your body, and it comes from the food you eat. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose and sends them into your bloodstream. Your blood sugar levels can rise and fall throughout the day depending on what you eat and how active you are. Blood sugar is necessary because it provides your body with the energy to function correctly. Your brain, for example, relies on blood sugar for fuel. When your blood sugar levels drop too low, you may feel tired or shaky. However, if your blood sugar levels stay high for too long, it can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes. That's why it's essential to eat healthy foods and be active every day to help keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, "A blood sugar target is the range you try to reach as much as possible. These are typical targets: Before a meal: 80 to 130 mg/dL and two hours after the start of a meal: Less than 180 mg/dL." 

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Your Mood Is Improved

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According to Dr. Mitchell, "When you lower your blood sugar, you may notice an improvement in your mood and energy levels. This is because a high blood sugar level can result in excess of insulin production, leading to low energy and depression-like symptoms. However, when you lower your blood sugar through diet and lifestyle changes, you will typically find that your mood and energy improve significantly."

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Improved Heart Health

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"Another surprising benefit of lowering your blood sugar is better heart health," says Dr. Mitchell. "Risk factors for heart disease, such as high triglycerides or low "good" cholesterol levels, tend to decline when the body's glycemic control improves. By improving control over blood sugar levels through lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can help to protect against heart disease and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system."

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Decreased Inflammation

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Dr. Mitchell explains, "Lowering your blood sugar may also have far-reaching effects on your overall health and wellbeing by reducing chronic inflammation. There are strong connections between everyday inflammation and conditions like obesity, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more. By reducing chronic inflammation with healthy habits like cutting out added sugars from the diet, you can help to reduce the risk of these conditions developing over time."

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You Might Think Better

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Dr. Mitchell shares, "A lowered blood sugar level can quickly improve your mood and cognition, allowing you to focus and concentrate better. This increased mental clarity can help you perform at your best both inside and outside the workplace."

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Decreased Risk Of Developing Chronic Conditions

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Dr. Mitchell says, "Lowering your blood sugar can also help to reduce the risk of developing conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. By optimizing glucose levels in the body, you improve the overall health of your cells, but you can also prevent dysfunction in other crucial systems of the body."

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Improve Eye Vision

Dr. Mitchell reveals, "Lowering blood sugar has even been shown to improve eye health by reducing the risks of macular degeneration and cataracts. Additionally, studies suggest that slight fluctuations in blood sugar may play a role in forming new neural connections in the brain, which can be incredibly beneficial for memory and learning." And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more