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Life Extension Magazine October 2012

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Glucose Control Can Be Easy

By Paul Mcglothin and Meredith Averill

Knowing Your Glucose Levels

Knowing Your Glucose Levels

Knowing the effect of your food on your blood glucose levels is very important. To learn this, test your glucose level before and after a meal. That requires a glucometer, also known as a blood glucose meter. Don't hesitate to check your blood glucose whenever you need to. Making sure that the food you eat keeps blood glucose low offers huge rewards. Well controlled glucose may activate your adult stem cells - helping to rejuvenate every organ in your body!7

Aim for fasting glucose levels in the 80s or below and postprandial levels, measured two hours after eating, of not more than 120 mg/dL. If you have type 2 diabetes mellitus, you can aim for a fasting glucose goal of 100 mg/dL or below and a postprandial limit of 130 mg /dL.8

If you are unsure about how a food will affect your blood glucose, use your glucometer to test the glucose-level effect of the food. Make sure to be scientific about it:

  1. Test to determine your glucose level before eating.
  2. Eat your test food.
  3. Test again 30 minutes after you finish eating the food. If your glucose has risen more than 20 mg/dL (40 if you have diabetes), this food will hinder your glucose control efforts.9

Making Glucose Testing Affordable

The most expensive aspect of glucose testing is the cost of test strips - the way glucose-testing-supply companies make money. When you visit your doctor, try to get a prescription for glucose testing. This is likely to reduce the cost of purchase. You can take the prescription to your local pharmacy and in many cases redeem it for a free blood glucose meter so you can get started at no cost. You can also ask if your doctor will give you some of the samples that pharmaceutical reps provide.

Another way to get started for free is to check to see which of the big diabetes companies offer free getting-started kits. They will to give you the glucometer, hoping you will buy their test strips. Keep in mind that the cheapest isn't always best. Ask your doctor for a glucose-testing-system recommendation.

Glucose Control Program

The importance of glucose control drove the development of THE CR WAY TO GREAT GLUCOSE CONTROL Program. It includes a 5-part CD and live teleconferences, where the practical application of glucose control is presented by glucose control experts - Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill. Plenty of time for your questions to be answered is integrated into each conference.

This hands-on CR Way program provides two sets of glucose control meal plans:

The Optimal Health Plan

For those without diabetes, who want to control glucose for optimal health: Increased cognition, disease prevention, and - ultimately - more energetic, healthier living are emphasized.

The Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Plan

Scientific evidence shows that type 2 diabetes may be both preventable and reversible with a CR Way-based diet.10,11 This plan offers foods and recipes that can help lower blood glucose for those who have special glucose control issues.

Lower Glucose: Better Life

When you decide to follow a low GI, CR Way lifestyle, get ready for increased mental and physical capabilities. And watch out for the likely side effects of extra BDNF, a brain-improving molecule that will make you happy - possibly even giddy - and improve your learning speed and memory.12 Other beneficial molecules will probably kick in too with another host of benefits, such as lower blood pressure and loss of extra fat. 13 Your new, energetic lifestyle will make it easier to do the things you want to do, and research indicates14 you will likely live longer.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Health Advisor at 1-866-864-3027.

What You Need to Know

Regenerative Power of Calorie Restriction
  • High glucose levels increase risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, and death.
  • The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrate-rich foods for their effect on blood glucose and is a good way to start including foods that help support healthy blood glucose levels.
  • Reading and understanding food labels is key­—remember to watch for hidden sugars and starches.
  • Aim for fasting glucose levels in the 80s or below and postprandial levels not more than 120 mg/dL measured two hours after eating.
  • If lengthening your life span isn't enough, gaining control of your blood glucose levels can lead to increased cognitive and memory capabilities, better blood pressure control, fat loss, increased mental and physical energy, and even reversal of type 2 diabetes.
  • The CR Way to Great Glucose Control CD and teleconference series can help you take control of your glucose levels and enjoy the regenerative benefits of calorie restriction today!