Sugar: What is it Good For?

Sugar, Type-2 Diabetes, Diabetes, Health

What is sugar?

Sugar comes in a few names.

To doctors, sugar means glucose, a small chemical which is a source of energy used by all of the body, including the muscles and the brain. 

Why do we not need sugar? 

Our digestive systems and metabolism were designed to use more slowly absorbed sugars (fructose). Glucose is extracted naturally from many other foods.

Glucose is managed in the body by a hormone called Insulin, which is made by the pancreas. The pancreas gets used to the amount of sugar and decides how much insulin to make.

Insulin also converts any surplus glucose into fat tissue and causes increases in hunger. This is what causes the weight-gain of Type-2 Diabetes. 


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