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- February 23, 2021
Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes
When talking about diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, a few buzz words often come up in conversation. One of the most common words you’ll hear is “glucose” or “glucose levels.” But what exactly is glucose, what does it do for your body, and what happens to glucose with Type 2 diabetes?
What is Glucose?
“Glucose” is simply another word for “sugar,” so the terms “blood glucose” and “blood sugar” can be used interchangeably. Though we often talk about blood glucose when discussing diabetes exclusively, everyone has blood glucose and can experience adverse side effects when these levels are too high or too low.
Blood glucose is the primary energy source in our bodies and comes from two sources: the sugars within the foods we eat and the sugars that our livers naturally produce. Blood glucose levels are considered normal when they come in under 100 mg/dL after fasting for 8 hours (such as first thing in the morning before you’ve had breakfast). During the day, average blood glucose levels fall under 140 mg/dL within 2 hours after eating.
Glucose and Insulin
Another common point of discussion around Type 2 diabetes is insulin. Insulin is naturally made by our bodies within the pancreas. This hormone helps the glucose in our bodies make its way into our cells to then be turned into energy.
In cases of Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces either very little insulin or no insulin at all. This condition is often identified in adolescence and can only be treated, not cured. However, with Type 2 diabetes, the body either produces too little insulin or simply doesn’t use insulin well. The result? Too much glucose remains in the blood instead of making its way to the cells.
High blood glucose levels can result in several scary symptoms, both immediate and long-term. Short-term symptoms can include blurred vision, increased appetite and thirst, and tingling or numb feet. If high blood glucose levels are sustained for a long time with no treatment, it can cause stroke, nerve damage, skin problems, and even heart disease or heart attacks.
Control Glucose Levels Naturally
Treatments for Type 2 diabetes aim to maintain normal blood glucose levels and helping your body convert glucose into energy the way it should. That’s why many with Type 2 diabetes take insulin to give their bodies the extra “push” they need. However, taking insulin or other medications isn’t the only way to help control blood glucose levels.
Watching your diet, exercising regularly, and finding natural supplements can all be part of managing or even reversing your Type 2 diabetes. At ZenoCure, we’ve spent countless hours researching and developing to figure out which organic ingredients are safest and most effective at helping control blood glucose levels. Using the insulin plant (Costus igneus), lemongrass, and an excipient, we’ve created our all-natural Diabetene supplement, effective in just 2 doses a day with no harsh side effects. Contact us today to see how Diabetene can help you!