The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

Ignore the bathroom scale.

Forget the calorie counter.

Toss the pedometer.

The graph above is more important than all of those gadgets combined.

Just look at the effects of eating high glycemic foods, otherwise known as simple carbohydrates or ‘bad carbs.’

Mars, Inc. has a current ad campaign running for it’s Snickers bar. Characters with low blood sugar act cranky and even look to others as a totally different – scarier – person.

The solution? Have a Snickers.

What does the Snickers do? Raise their blood sugar and, walla, they are back to their old self.

Unfortunately, the 30-second commercial ends before we are able to see the dramatic plummeting of the blood sugar again. It puts the Snickers eater back where they started in short order.

That’s the blood sugar cycle of eating simple carbohydrates. And it happens over and over again during the course of 24-hour period to a person who had developed an addiction to sugar and starchy carbs.

A healthy range of blood sugar is between 80 and 120. Think of the normal numbers for systolic/diastolic blood pressure. 120/80.

After eating a healthy meal, including good carbs with are low-glycemic fruits and vegetables – preferably high in fiber, our blood sugar will rise but it will do so within the normal range.

It’s worth it to avoid spiking. Enjoying birthday cake, Halloween candy, or Christmas fudge a few times a year won’t do too much damage. But daily habits of morning muffins, lunchtime sandwiches, periodic sodas and evening cocktails can do a number on one’s body, brain, and that bathroom scale.

If bad carbs are a staple in one’s diet, overweight, obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and diabetes often follow.

Insulin, which is released whenever the blood sugar spikes, is a fat-storing hormone. Of course, that’s what happened to the Snickers.