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The Dysglycemia Diet

To more fully understand why we have designed this program, it is helpful to know a little about the biochemistry of blood sugar. Blood sugar, or serum glucose, is often measured with routine blood work at the doctor’s office. Glucose is the basic fuel all cells in your body use to make energy. Although it is measured in the blood, glucose can only be put to work and transformed into energy once it is in the cells, not when it is circulating in the bloodstream. It might be helpful to consider the bloodstream as the highway, and the cells as the factory. Glucose is the raw material that must be transported along the highway to the factory to be put to use.

In an optimal state, the body maintains the blood glucose level in a fairly narrow range. The range is neither too low (which is called hypoglycemia), nor too high (called hyperglycemia). Stability of blood sugar is important, because imbalances, particularly raised levels, can cause serious health problems. Chronically elevated blood glucose levels result in the development of diabetes, which can lead to severe complications such as cataracts, blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease.

To remain healthy, the body does all it can to maintain blood sugar levels within this normal range. It achieves this stability through the secretion of a hormone called insulin. Insulin is the vehicle that allows glucose to be transported from the blood stream into the cells. A complete inability to secrete insulin, which occurs in juvenile onset diabetes, drastically increases glucose levels in the bloodstream. As we’ve said, glucose can’t get into the cells without insulin. For this reason, juvenile onset diabetics need to take daily injections of insulin.

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