Glucose

Glucose (“blood sugar”) is the chief source of energy for all cells in the body. Glucose levels are regulated by hormones produced by your pancreas, including insulin. A glucose level outside the optimal range could be a sign that the body is not correctly producing or using insulin. These conditions are hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), prediabetes (elevated blood sugar), and diabetes (high blood sugar). For the most accurate result you should fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for at least 8 hours before your screening. If you were not fasting at the time of your screening, you should interpret your result against an optimal range of less than 140 mg/dL.


How to IMPROVE

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Boost your metabolism with strength training. Strength training can lower glucose levels by increasing lean muscle and reducing body fat.

 

Make your carbohydrates count. Choose from healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans/peas) and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt.

 


Did you know that exercise can relieve stress and lower blood glucose? Include exercise in your daily schedule.