a clinical study of 1000 athletes, elevated blood sugar levels
result in reduced exercise capacity and reduced sports performance.
Differences in clinical characteristics, exercise hemodynamics,
perfusion imaging, and univariate as well as multivariate predictors
of exercise capacity were determined(1).
oxygen consumption (VO2max/maximum oxygen consumption) and maximal
watts were also measured.
The trial results showed that subjects with impaired fasting glucose
or elevated blood glucose levels (126 mg/dl), experience lower
VO2max and lower peak watts.
Imbalanced blood glucose levels are triggered by drinking High
Glycemic sports drinks and beverages. This includes beverages
containing High Glycemic carbohydrates, such as sucrose, and/or
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose, Agave, and/or Maltodextrins,
as well as beverages that do not contain any carbohydrates or
calories (High Cephalic), such as diet sodas, and sports drinks
that claim -0- calories/carbs.
High Glycemic and High Cephalic beverages can also cause Reactive
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which impairs sports performance.
Consuming a High Glycemic or High Cephalic index beverage less
than an hour prior to an athletic event can cause hypoglycemia
at the start of the event, which drastically reduces sports performance