A blood sugar level is the measurement of the amount of sugar that is present in your blood. The levels change throughout the day based on food, exercise, and even time of day. Sugars are measured in millimeters per deciliter of blood. Normal levels are present in a healthy person while a low or high level marks a medical condition. The most common condition associated with blood sugar levels is diabetes. It is important to maintain a healthy level of sugars to prevent serious health consequences.
Digested sugars enter the bloodstream usually within 15 to 30 minutes following consumption. Substances like soda and juice are going to hit fairly quickly considering they are liquids. Sugars are broken down in the body and turned into glucose, our bodies source of energy. Glucose can't enter cells, however, without the presence of an essential hormone that gets released by the pancreas and allows the glucose to enter and energize cells. Excess glucose gets stored and saved for periods of no food so the body can self-maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
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