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Blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, is the main source of energy in the body. After you eat, sugars and starches are broken down by the body into glucose. A hormone called insulin is produced in the pancreas and helps glucose travel throughout the body and into cells to be used as energy. 

Blood sugar levels that are too high or too low can leadto hyperglycemia, or hypoglycemia. If the body does not produce enough of the insulin hormone, then Diabetes Type 1 (juvenile diabetes) can occur. If the insulin is not used properly in the body, then Diabetes Type 2 can occur. Pregnancy can effect blood glucose levels and lead to Gestational Diabetes. 

Vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Zinc, Chromium, B-complex vitamins, and Magnesium may support healthy blood sugar levels. Herbal supplements such as ginseng, grape seed, and fenugreek are often used in traditional herbal remedies to support blood sugar levels. In traditional Chinese medicine, Gynostemma is used to control blood sugar levels. An Ayurvedic herb used to support blood sugar is Gymnema Sylvestre, and the name of this ancient herb literally means "Sugar Destroyer".

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