What is Glucose?

What is Glucose?

Glucose is a simple sugar. The actual word "Glucose" is linked back to the Greek word for 'sweet'. Glucose comes from certain foods you eat. When your body digests food high in carbohydrates (e.g bread and potato) it releases glucose. It's then passed around your body through your blood. Every cell in your body requires fuel in order to carry out their metabolic function. Therefore Glucose is essential in powering your muscles, brain and other cells. It is your body's preferred source of sugar. Lift contains glucose in a 'ready to use' form. This means it doesn't need to be digested before it gets to work. Lift is often absorbed through your gums and cheeks. This is how it gets to work fast!

Glucose and your brain

"The brain normally relies almost exclusively on glucose to fuel its energy needs. Because of its high energy demands and inability to store glucose, the brain requires a constant supply of the sugar. The body possesses multiple mechanisms to prevent a significant drop in blood glucose, or hypoglycemia. Should such a drop occur, however, brain functions can begin to fail. Common brain-related symptoms of hypoglycemia include headache, dizziness, confusion, lack of concentration, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, slurred speech and poor coordination."

- Sourced from Livestrong.com (https://www.livestrong.com/article/133891-the-importance-glucose/)

Muscle Fuel

"The skeletal muscles normally constitute approximately 30 to 40 percent of total body weight, although this varies based on sex, age and fitness level. The skeletal muscles utilize large amounts of glucose during exercise. Unlike the brain, the skeletal muscles store blood sugar in the form of glycogen, which is quickly broken down to supply glucose during physical exertion. Muscle tissue also normally absorbs large amounts of glucose from the bloodstream during exercise. Although skeletal muscles can utilize fat-derived molecules for energy production, depletion of glucose stores during prolonged exercise can lead to sudden fatigue -- commonly known as bonking or hitting the wall."

 

- Sourced from Livestrong.com (https://www.livestrong.com/article/133891-the-importance-glucose/)

Glucose and diabetes

A significant drop in blood sugar typically causes symptoms of hypoglycemia relatively quickly, because of the brain's dependence on a constant glucose supply. A high blood glucose level, or hyperglycemia, may or may not cause obvious symptoms.

In people with diabetes, the combination of high blood sugar and lack of insulin often leads to signs and symptoms, including: excessive thirst and hunger, unintentional weight loss, lack of energy, increased urination.

The combination of low blood sugar and/or too much insulin often leads to signs and symptoms, including: shakiness, dizziness, headache, fatigue, confusion and weakness.

 

Adapted from Livestrong.com (https://www.livestrong.com/article/133891-the-importance-glucose/)

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