It is a common misconception that people on a low-carb diet will always have low blood sugar. Although you won’t be taking in much glucose, your body can and will produce it on its own in your liver through a process called gluconeogenesis. In fact, depriving your body of exogenous carbohydrates (via food) can result in an increase in cortisol production, which then triggers the process of gluconeogenesis in your liver. Your liver will produce glucose to feed your organs, specifically your brain, because you are not taking in enough carbohydrates via your diet. So, while decreasing carbohydrates can be an effective way to manage high blood sugar, going too low in carbohydrates can lead to the opposite effect. Therefore, measuring your HbA1c while making any dietary changes is still very important.
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