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Diabetes: High Fat And Low Glucose?

Update Date: Dec 29, 2016 01:42 PM EST

Diabetes is a disease where blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose comes from the food we eat. On the other hand, insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose gets into our cells to give them energy.

A high fat meal can increase the amount of free fatty acids in the blood. Both repeated elevated levels of free fatty acid as found in chronic intake of high-fat meals and obesity associated with both skeletal and insulin resistance.

Fat also changes the timing of the rise in blood glucose after a meal.  Fat takes a long time to move through the gastrointestinal tract which can take 4 to 6 hours or longer. This can be a problem for someone taking insulin.

A fat that builds in the bloodstream causes the muscle cell to break and create toxic fatty breakdown products and free radicals that can block the insulin signaling process. When these happens, no matter how much insulin we have in our blood, it would not open the glucose gates which causes blood sugar levels to build up in the blood.

According to study, consumption of high-fat diet and high intakes of saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. They also find that frequent consumption of processed meats is associated with an increased risk for diabetes.

The blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood. Low blood sugar levels can also result in diabetes. When blood sugar levels fall too low, the body releases the hormone adrenaline, which helps get stored glucose into the bloodstream quickly. Becoming pale, sweating and shaking are early signs of the adrenaline being released.  

Both high fat and low glucose consumption can result in diabetes. The person should learn how to recognize the signs of low blood sugar levels and getting them to normal. 


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