Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Ideal Blood Sugar

Bring up "ideal" blood sugar and you bring out a bag of misconceptions and incredible contradic- tions worthy of TV news magazine coverage. In one report1 we discover what is colorfully called the "panic ranges" of blood sugar, anything below 50 mg% and over 400 mg%, but the nonlethal spread for blood sugar is said to extend from 20 to 1500 mg%.2

There are also all sorts of semantic shenanigans. For instance, we are assured that the so-called normal blood sugar is anything less than either 115 mg%3 or 140 mg%.4-6 Taking such statements literally, zero must be acceptable! Also, while we are here using blood sugar and blood glucose as synonyms, there are real and measurable differences....Read full article

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