Good blood sugar control is vital to staying healthy in the short and long term with diabetes.
Accomplishing this goal requires eating healthier, being physically active, managing stress, and taking blood glucose-lowering and related medications as prescribed.
However, it is important that you understand how insulin lowers your blood sugar. Check the video below. A transcript is provided below.
Your body is made up of trillions of cells, and each one needs fuel in the form of a sugar called “glucose” to work.
But to get it, your cells rely on a very important hormone called “insulin.”
When you eat, your body turns the carbohydrates from your food into glucose, which is absorbed into your blood.
When this happens, your blood sugar or blood glucose level goes up.
That signals your pancreas to release insulin into your blood.
Insulin helps your cells and organs take in the sugar and use it as energy, so your heart can keep pumping and your digestive tract can digest more carbs.
As sugar goes into your cells, your blood sugar levels go down. And if there's any sugar left over, insulin gets your liver to store it so your body can use it later when you're between meals.
Usually, your pancreas makes as much insulin as it needs automatically. But if your body doesn't make enough insulin or your cells don't use insulin the way they should, sugar builds up in your blood.
Over time, that can lead to serious health problems. So as you can see, insulin has an important job to do, but you can help.
Be sure to get regular checkups, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Trillions of cells depend on it.
How Insulin Lowers Blood Sugar (Video)