The Relationship Between Blood Sugar Levels And Athletic Performance

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The Relationship between Blood Sugar Levels and Athletic Performance
Diabetes is when your pancreas is no longer able to produce enough or any insulin. The pancreas is the organ responsible for creating insulin, a substance that helps control blood sugar levels. When the pancreas stops working, the body’s blood sugar levels increase, and the body goes into a state of ketoacidosis, which is when the body switches to burning fatty acids. This can lead to confusion, lethargy, and in severe cases unconsciousness. Diabetics also experience low blood sugars, which is when the body has too much insulin in its system. This can lead to unresponsiveness, slowed reaction times, and even seizures. Low blood sugars are generally thought of as any blood glucose number below 80, and a high blood sugar is thought of as anything over 200. The target blood sugar is often thought of as 90-120, and is measured in mg/dl. The mg/dl refers to the amount of glucose that is being carried round the body at one time. Glucose is one of the bodies main sources of energy, and too much insulin causes the body to not have enough energy, and too little insulin makes it so that the body cannot process the glucose in the body.
There is two types of diabetes, Type 1, which is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the pancreas, causing it to stop insulin production. There is no known trigger for it, and is often blamed on genetics. Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as Adult…
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