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BloodSugar Levels after Eating

Aftereating any size meal, blood sugar levels will increase for a shorttime thereafter, slowly decreasing to normal levels after some time.

Aperson's blood sugar level is defined as the amount of glucose in thebloodstream. As the stomach digests food, glucose is released intothe blood stream along with carbohydrates, and is moved from theliver or intestines through the bloodstream to other parts of thebody. Carbohydrates are small packets of stored energy that are keptand used by the body later, and are the main source of energy for thebody's cells.

Thebody is usually capable of maintaining a steady blood sugar level ofits own accord due to the body's ability to produce sugar regulatingglucagon and insulin. Produced in the pancrease, the hormone insulinis release into the bloodstream as glucose levels in the bloodincrease, which is a natural occurrence after eating.

NormalBlood Sugar levels after Eating

Averageblood sugar levels help to determine the correct, healthy amount ofblood sugar one should have. The average amount ranges between 70mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre) and 150 mg/dL, and changesthroughout the day according to the person's level of activity andfood intake. Before the first meal of the day, blood sugar levels areat the lowest they will be all day, also known as the 'fastinglevel'. This is the time at which the fasting blood sugar measurementis taken, the postprandial measurement is taken two hours after thefirst meal of the day and any other measurement taken during the dayis called casual or random.

Bloodglucose levels that are constantly higher than 150mg/dL are anindication of high blood sugar, the medical term for which ishyperglycemia. On the opposite side of the scale, blood sugar levelsconstantly falling below 70mg/dL indicate possible low blood sugar(hypoglycemia). If the fasting blood glucose amount is at least 125mg/dL, or if the postprandial level is over 200mg/dL, the personcould possibly be diabetic. Also, the fasting level being between 100and 125mg/dL on two separate instances is an indication of what isknown as pre-diabetes blood glucose levels. These mean that theperson has a higher probability of developing diabetes. When thefasting blood sugar level consistently falls below 50mg/dL for men or40mg/dL for women, it is a clear indication of hypoglycemia.

Inorder to receive accurate measurements of the blood sugar, strenuousexercise must be avoided before any tests are conducted. Otherillnesses or maladies can also affect the readings. Do not take anyinsulin tablets or injections before the test, as this can alter theblood sugar level and cause false measurements.

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