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What can happen if my blood sugar level is not normal?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

A diabetic's risk of heart disease is proportional to his or her average blood sugar level. The goal for everyone's blood sugar level is less than 100 mg/dl (measured first thing in the morning after a 12-hour fast). Excess blood sugar irritates the inner lining of the arteries by attaching to proteins on the inner wall. This irritation causes nicks in the lining and starts the process of plaque formation.

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