Most people know that high blood sugar levels can cause diabetes but many people do not understand what a normal blood sugar range is and how it relates to the fasting glucose test our doctors perform on us annually. The reason that the doctor tests our fasting blood sugar is because it normalizes the results. Foods we eat can affect our blood sugar levels for hours and depending on what kind of food was eaten and in what quantity you can never be sure your glucose levels are healthy.
Healthy fasting blood sugar is typically below 100 whereas dangerously high levels are in the range of 120 and above. If however you are not fasting and your glucose levels are tested you could be even higher but still considered healthy. It’s all relative to your fasting range.
If you fall in the category of high fasting blood sugar then you may be at serious risk for developing diabetes. This is the major concern of your doctor and should be the major concern for you as well. When blood sugar levels are constantly at high levels in your blood stream damage can slowly accumulate causing insulin resistance and poor insulin sensitivity.
If insulin sensitivity becomes unstable you could periodically suffer from widely fluctuating blood sugar levels which could put your life in danger. When doctors tell you that high blood sugar can lead to diabetes they are not kidding and you should do everything in your power to reverse the affects on insulin resistance and lower your risk profile for developing diabetes. It’s not hard, it just take the drive to make changes to your lifestyle.
Above all reversing insulin resistance takes getting off the couch and getting a little exercise. Exercise is the number one way to prevent insulin resistance and support healthy blood sugar levels. Take some time every day to get a bit more light to moderate exercise and you should be in much better health for your next fasting blood sugar test.