Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 17, 2005
Diagnosis and Symptoms, Other
Question from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada:
How long does it take for simple sugars, like sucrose, to reach the blood stream and affect the person? What would be deemed a high blood sugar level?
If simple sugars are eaten, they would be broken down rather quickly and take about 10 to 15 minutes to raise the blood glucose levels. It’s the same for stimulating insulin release from a person without diabetes. If the simple sugars are also ingested with protein, and more importantly with fats or complex carbohydrates, then stomach emptying is slower, therefore, absorption is delayed accordingly.
[Editor’s comment: For information on what blood sugars are considered diabetes, see Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes.