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Digestion, Health and Nutrition

Facts About Glucose

Glucose is a sugar (simple carbohydrate) that is the prime source of fuel for cellular activity. It is an important source of fuel for your brain and red blood cells. Glucose can be obtained in a variety of ways from digesting foods like simple and complex carbohydrates, by burning existing body fat stores or by breaking down and using the proteins in muscle tissue.

Maintaining glucose within an optimal range in the blood is critical to good health. Intricate physiologic mechanisms are in place to monitor blood glucose levels. Should blood glucose levels move out of optimum range, the body sends out warning signals. If levels fall too low physical symptoms arise like craving sweets, feeling sleepy and/or losing the ability to concentrate. When blood glucose moves above a healthy range symptoms may manifest as excessive sweating upon mild exertion, frequent thirst along with a frequent need to urinate, mental fogginess or, in a worst case scenario, unconsciousness. As you can see a number of physical and or mental processes are affected by low or high glucose levels.