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:
- Test to determine your glucose level before eating.
- Eat your test food.
- 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.
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