What is a glucose spike?
ᐅ What is glucose?
ᐅ What is insulin?
ᐅ What is a glucose spike?
Glucose is a simple carbohydrate - aka a monosaccharide -, a type of sugar we get from foods we eat, mainly high-carb foods like sweets, grains, bread, potatoes, fruits, etc.
In other words:
Glucose is our body's primary energy source, and it is essential to keep the mechanism of our body running correctly.
Sometimes, glucose is also called blood sugar; when we eat, the stomach and the small intestine absorb the glucose and release it into the bloodstream. Then, the glucose can be used immediately as energy or stored for later.
Illustration about the previous sentence.
Even though glucose is fundamental for us, it’s important to keep glucose levels in a healthy range. Otherwise, we can experience both short and long-term effects. That’s why, every time we eat, our body starts immediately to process glucose and tells our pancreas to produce hormones, like insulin, essential to managing blood sugar.
Illustration about the pancreas
WHY IS GLUCOSE SO IMPORTANT?
As we saw earlier, glucose is the main energy source for our body -but it’s not the only one- so it’s crucial for us. But, if glucose levels are out of balance, we get unhealthy effects: our hormones get out of whack, we feel tired, crave sugar, put on weight, our skin breaks out, and our hearts suffer.
ᐊ What is insulin?
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