Dr. Eric Westman

Dr. Eric C. Westman, MD MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise, and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. His Masters Degree is from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program in clinical research and biometry. His work combines clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence, and has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently the President-Elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is co-editor of the medical textbook, Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, and co-author of popular diet book, The New Atkins for a New You.

Bad Things Come in Small (Sugar) Packages, Too

Sugars in foods

The amount of sugar (or really glucose, technically speaking) is tightly regulated in the human bloodstream. A normal blood sugar (glucose) is under 100 mg/dL, and when the sugar rises to between 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL the serious medical conditions of glucose intolerance, pre-diabetes are diagnosed. Once above 125 mg/dL diabetes is diagnosed. As more research is done, the optimal blood glucose number goes lower and lower. The bottom line is you want to keep the blood sugar as low as you can for optimal health.

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