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Why You Should Test Your Blood Sugar – Even If You’re Not Diabetic!

I’m pretty excited about Robb Wolf’s new book, Wired to Eat, and have just released a podcast where he and I chat about lentils, blood sugar, and “why” (I’ll get to that later in the post, or you can listen to the show). Before I talk more about the book, I thought I’d give you a little context on why I’m such a huge advocate of it… (and if you’re not interested in my story, skip down to “The Basic Gist of the Book”) I’ve always had blood sugar control issues. I think it goes back to being an undiagnosed Celiac as a kid, and constantly being hungry. I mean, I was starving ALL THE TIME. I could have eaten a full Thanksgiving dinner at any point during the day, and then some. I was really underweight as a kid, but always had a little belly. I also had a host of other issues like low muscle tone, hyper mobile joints, reading and attention problems, and had such low blood pressure that I’d sometimes randomly pass out. My small town, egocentric pediatrician declared I had lactose intolerance, and so he told my mother to give me diluted soy formula instead of milk. My daily meals looked something like this: Frosted Flakes with soy milk and orange juice plus bana Continue reading >>

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  1. powerwalker2

    Check with your doctor, but here are Joslin Diabetes Center's suggestions:
    http://www.joslin.org/info/goals_for_blood_glucose_control.html

  2. alan_s

    When considering the goals from the major diabetes authorities I have always preferred the much tighter guidelines of the AACE:
    Table 1. AACE-Recommended Glycemic Targets for Nonpregnant Adults2

    Parameter
    Treatment Goal
    Hemoglobin A1C
    Individualize on the basis of age, comorbidities, and duration of disease

    ≤6.5 for most
    Closer to normal for healthy
    Less stringent for “less healthy”
    Fasting plasma glucose (FPG)
    <110 mg/dL

    2-hour postprandial glucose (PPG)
    <140 mg/dL
    They also note the looser ADA 2hr target of <180 on that page. I consider that dangerously lax. Personally I have followed tighter goals than either for the past fifteen years. These targets, which I first encountered in Jennifer's Test, Test, Test, have worked very well for me:
    Fasting............................Under 110
    One hour after meals.......under 140
    Two hours after meals.....under 120
    or for those in the mmol parts of the world:
    Fasting............................Under 6
    One hour after meals......Under 8
    Two hours after meals....Under 6.5

  3. maryd98

    maryd98

    Re: Blood Glucose Goal Ranges WITH and WITHOUT Diabetes

    powerwalker2:
    Check with your doctor, but here are Joslin Diabetes Center's suggestions:
    http://www.joslin.org/info/goals_for_blood_glucose_control.html
    What I really like about this chart^ is that it compares glucose numbers for people with and without diabetes.
    Not only is that something I find interesting, but it seems like a lot of newbies wonder about this. Great link to have in the "prediabetes forum" (and/or the newbies forum), Nancy!
    ****************************************************
    Till next time,
    Mary
    aka maryd98
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Joined ADA forum August 2012
    Diagnosed T2 July 1998
    First A1C (July 1998): 13.6
    First BG (July 1998): 537
    Latest A1C (October 2017): 5.7
    A1c has been under 6 since I got my BG under control (early in 1999), except for once when it was 6.2
    On oral meds for about 9 months after diagnosis
    "Just" diet and exercise since quitting oral meds.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "Just" really means "plus" keeping stress in check, getting enough sleep, changing my work schedule as needed, timing my meals and snacks, making time to take care of non-work and non-diabetes needs (as well as diabetes and work needs), and making time for just me, myself, and I. :-)

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