Normal blood sugar levels may be unhealthy

Avatar By Neil Raymond | 2 years ago

So-called “normal” blood sugar levels are actually not, according to Medical News Today.

A new study has been conducted by researchers at Stanford University in California. The study revealed that common foods can cause blood sugar spikes in otherwise healthy people. In fact, paying closer attention to these spikes could prevent diabetes and some of its complications.

Diabetes actually affects over 30 million people in the United States, which is almost 10 percent of the population. In fact, an additional 84 million people have prediabetes. Abnormal blood sugar levels are a major sign  of this metabolic disease. In order to measure these levels, physicians typically use two main methods: they either take fasting blood sugar samples, (which informs them of the level of sugar in the blood at that specific point),  or they measure levels of glycated hemoglobin.

This glycated hemoglobin test is routinely used to diagnose diabetes and it relies on the average levels of blood sugar over a period of 3 months. Despite their widespread use, neither of these methods can say anything about the fluctuations in blood sugar that can happen over the course of a single day.

A team of researchers led by Michael Snyder, who is a professor of genetics at Stanford, decided to monitor these daily fluctuations in otherwise healthy individuals.

The team looked at the patterns of blood sugar change after a meal and examined how these patterns vary between different people who have had the same meal. Prof. Snyder and his colleagues published the results of their research in the journal PLOS Biology.