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Bordering on the ridiculous

A healthy human has just under 5 grams of sugar dissolved in the bloodstream. That’s about 1 teaspoonful. The body has a clever mechanism to keep sugar at this steady level. Too low and the brain goes into a kernel panic. Too high is like spilling a sugary soft drink over the computer keyboard. Everything becomes sticky, blood protein is deformed and over time results in limb amputation or blindness.

My mission, and I had no choice in deciding to accept it, is to keep my blood sugar at a level between 4 and 6 grams when measured before breakfast, lunch and dinner. No assistance from the body’s intricate autopilot.

Food raises the sugar level, insulin and exercise lower it.

One slice of bread ups the sugar concentration by 3 grams, 0.01ml of insulin downs it by about 10 grams. Exercise? God knows, but He won’t tell me. It’s lowering effect can last for up to 16 hours, though.

It’s a never-ending balancing act, continually adjusted by trial and error.

Ridiculous, really!

About the author Rien

dutch by birth ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | australian by choice ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | type 1 diabetic ๐Ÿ’‰ | vegan ๐Ÿฅ• | married โค๏ธโšญ | grandfather ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป | fuji fiend ๐Ÿ“ท | boat builder and sailor โ›ต๏ธ | exercise fanatic ๐Ÿšด | seeker no more ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ“–

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  1. Whether you are a type 1 diabetic or not, the benefit of exercise cannot be overstated.

    Keep spreading the word Rien.

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