THE BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL, OBESITY, AND INSULIN
You may have heard of the medical term 'THE BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL'. Diabetes become
well accustomed to this term when they enter hospital.
If not, you may have heard it at a medical check up or a health screening.
It means the concentration of glucose in the blood. To be exact, it is the
concentration of venous blood plasma.
When you are healthy, it changes its level, within a safe range. When you
are hungry, it stays low, however it goes up after eting a meal.
When you suffer from diabetes, the level goes up higher and higher until it
goes over a certain limit. If it goes over 200mg/dl, you would be considered a
People who are not diabetics produce hormones in order to keep the blood sugar level
Well, why does the blood sugar level go up so high?.......
When the blood sugar level goes up, a hormone is secreted to prevent it from rising
When this hormone doesn't secrete properly, then a person has a diabetic condition.
This hormone is called 'INSULIN' and it is produced in the pancreas.
This hormome does not work very well when a patient suffers from OBESITY.
In other words, "too much weight can cause diabetes".
I guess diabetics who go to hospital are often required to lose weight. As for
the diabetics with obesity, their pancreas tries to secrete insulin in
order to bring the blood suger level down, but because of their obesity, the insulin
is not secreted properly and the blood sugar level does not go down so easily.
In some mild cases of diabetes, some diabetics produce more insulin than normal
When the insulin in the blood is too much than is required, many problems
will arise. About this condition I will tell you later, as the explanation
will more complicated.
There is a type of diabetes when insulin is not made at all. This type is called
'Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus'. There are not so many patients of this type
in Japan. So if we can solve the problem of obesity in those who suffer from diabetes,
we can keep the blood sugar level down and their condition can remain stable.