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A healthy body produces insulin to control the sugar (or glucose) in your blood stream. Type 1 diabetics can’t produce insulin, while Type 2’s produce it, but their bodies don’t process it correctly. Too little insulin, and your blood sugar levels go shooting rapidly up, like the heart rate of somebody getting chased by a bear. Too much insulin, and your blood sugar eventually plummets, like the heart rate canada goose uk outlet of someone who has just been eaten by Canada Goose Parka a canada goose clearance sale bear. And the effects of jacked up blood sugar are weird. Diabetics describe high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) as slowing everything Canada Goose Online down and slathering it with whipped cream. Your brain gets fuzzy, and your eyes feel tethered to your head with frayed ropes it really is a kind of high. For one thing, it canada goose black friday sale impairs driving. Zach is usually super cautious about driving on low sugar, but his level plummeted once when he was on the road, giving him Canada Goose online muscle spasms. He pulled over and quaffed some glucose gel, which we are sure would’ve looked like an intoxicated person pulling over to get even more high to a passing trooper. So being diabetic is like living in a world where, even with the best control, there are days where you can suddenly become uncomfortably drunk or high at any moment, without any of the fun.

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