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The Ghastly Glucose Truth

Glucose exists in every formation of carbohydrate in the world, and if you suffer from diabetes, you probably sense it lurking around every corner. Monitoring carbohydrates and, therefore, glucose intake, is an essential part of the diabetes lifestyle balance.

When you take carbohydrates into your system, glucose is absorbed through your digestive tract. Immediately upon this absorption, your pancreas secretes insulin, which circulates throughout your body via the bloodstream to deliver the information: it’s storage time. The muscles begin to take sugar and fat into their vessels and store them for a later date. (After all: they’re still evolutionary programmed to be just like your cave man relative’s cells.

Who knows when you’ll get another meal again? they think. They can’t imagine a world in which Burger Kings and McDonalds line the streets. In their world, every meal is a desperate attempt to further survival. But that’s neither here nor there.) Immediately after your body divots into storage-mode, you become hungry again. Therefore, the more insulin you have in your body via your glucose intake, the hungrier you feel. You’ll scrounge around for still more glucose, ready and willing to head for round two. This creates a cyclical effect that can easily lead to insulin resistance.

High insulin levels lead to super sugar cravings, endless weight gain, weakness, inability to concentrate, memory loss, sleepiness, feelings of emotional highs and lows, and, in ever-rising extreme cases, Type II diabetes.

A greater understanding of glucose levels allows you to understand which foods to reach for to fuel your body in a nutritive manner—and which foods to stay away from in order to you’re your blood sugar at a steady pace. When you eat the right foods on the Paleo diet, you can force your body to utilize stored fats. You can relinquish yourself from current diabetes symptoms.  

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