Why are elevated blood sugar levels bad for you? Why do we even care about blood elevated blood sugar levels? Well, I like to use a simple analogy to help understand why elevated blood sugar levels are bad for you. I want you to imagine putting the perfect amount of sugar into your cup of coffee. When you put the perfect amount of sugar into a cup of coffee what happens? You put the sugar in, the sugar dissolves, you then drink the coffee and when you drink the coffee you can taste the sweetness of the sugar, but there’s no actual physical.
Remnant of the sugar. Now what happens when you put too much sugar into your coffee? When you take the last sip what happens? You can actually feel the granules of sugar that haven’t dissolved. You can feel them on the tip of your tongue. Turns out if you took a microscope and you examined a granule of table sugar and you compared it to a molecule of blood sugar, geometrically they’re exactly the same shape. They are both shaped like shards of glass.
Sharp jagged pointy obtuse edges. All right, now stay with me here. Next thing I want you to do is I want you to take your fingernail and I want you to start to scratch your forearm. OK just start scratching. Whats starting to happen to your forearm? Its starting to get irritated. What would happen if you kept doing that?.
If you kept scratching kept scratching? Eventually you would burst the skin on your forearm. If you can understand those simple things, the reason why elevated blood sugar levels are bad for you is if you have molecules of blood sugar that are shaped like shards of glass circulating through your circulatory system at elevated levels, they start to scrape against the inside of your blood vessels. And if they continue to scrape continue to scrape continue to scrape eventually they’ll damage your blood vessels from the inside out.
And that is what the actual complication of diabetes is from. So let’s just think about that for a second and put that into context. What is the most common complication associated with diabetes? Diabetic retinopathy. Why would retinopathy, why would eye problems, be the most common complication? Well it’s simple your eyes have the smallest capillaries in the entire body. They’re the most succecptible to the shards of sugar damaging them from the inside out. What’s the second most common complication associated with diabetes?.
Foot problems. Why would foot problems be the second most common complication? Your feet have the second thinnest capillaries in the entire body. They are the second most susceptible to shards of sugar damaging them from the inside out. If you see somebody or you know somebody or maybe you yourself have experienced foot problems associated with your diabetes maybe even had a toe amputated or even a foot or leg amputated, what’s happened is at some point those shards of sugar have damaged the blood vessels from the inside out and have either caused internal bleeding and that can immediately affect your.
Circulation or maybe those shards of sugar have damaged the nerve endings. What happens well a person living with diabetes they’re walking on the beach they stub their toe. Because those shards of sugar have damaged the nerve endings connected to their toes they’ve lost the sensation of feeling. They don’t feel a little cut. That little cut now turns into an infected wound. That infected wound turns into a festering sore.