Glucose is the simplest form of carbohydrates and the main sugar found in our blood. It is basically the body's main source of fuel.
The amount of glucose consumed from our daily diet has an impact on our blood sugar health hence moderation is key. When carbohydrates are consumed, our body breaks it into glucose which then enters the blood stream to provide energy throughout the body. However only with the help of insulin will the blood sugar level be regulated. Unfortunately for individuals with diabetes, their body lacks insulin or the insulin produced by their pancreas are unable to bring down blood glucose levels efficiently. This condition has been linked with causes such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and being overweight.
Hypoglycemia is when the blood glucose is too low, and this can result in fainting. If it is too high, it can damage nerve cells and cause blindness and kidney issues.
Apart from monitoring our sugar intake from drinks and desserts, we also need to be mindful about the carbohydrates that we eat as they get broken down into glucose. In Asia, it is challenging to shun from the staples such as rice and noodles. Therefore, some carbs alternative are available in the market. They are often made from konjac root/glucommanan. that is rich in fibre that promote feeling of fullness with low calorie intake and minimal impact on blood sugar.