What Is Blood Sugar & Do I Need To Be Managing It?
The ABC’s of Blood Sugar
Blood sugar, also known as glucose, is the main sugar found in the blood. It comes from food that you eat, and is the body’s main source of energy. Blood carries glucose to all of the body’s cells to use for energy. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is among the top public health concerns in the United States today. Nearly half of Americans suffer from blood sugar related issues and that number is on the rise.
Do I Need to Manage My Blood Sugar?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends talking to your doctor about whether you should be checking your blood sugar level. There are two common ways your doctor can test for healthy blood sugar.
The first way that a doctor can check your blood sugar is after a period of not eating for 8 hours, which is called fasting blood glucose (FGB). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicate a healthy FBG level is less than 99 mg/dL.
Doctors can also check your hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), which measures your average longer term blood sugar, representative of the past 2-3 months. The NIH indicates that a healthy HbA1c is 5%.
Tips for Promoting Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Maintaining blood sugar levels is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone! Stay on top of your levels with some easy ideas.