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Is Glucose Bad for People with Diabetes?

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No, glucose is not bad for people with diabetes. Everyone, including people with diabetes, needs glucose for energy. We need energy to play, exercise, and work, but we also need it for everyday body functions, like breathing, digesting, and making blood cells. Most of the glucose in our body comes from eating carbohydrates.

Everyone needs glucose for energy

People without diabetes are able to keep their blood glucose levels in a normal range regardless of the amount they eat. For people with diabetes, it is harder to keep blood glucose in a normal range. For this reason, people with diabetes need to balance the amount of food that they eat (especially food that contains carbohydrates) with their medication and activity level.

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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.