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There are two sources of fuel for the body: fat and sugar (carbs). Fat is a stable, long-lasting fuel while sugar and carbs burn quickly. In 1961, America was told fats were bad for our health, and so food manufacturers replaced fat (cholesterol) with processed corn and wheat (sugar).
Without good fats in the diet, America became hungry for more carbs and sugar. The highly processed grain products delivered only short bursts of energy (sugar) and America started to overeat in order to feel satiated. Researchers estimate that Americans are eating on average 500 more calories per day than they were only 40 years ago! (7)
Eating too much causes excess sugar to linger in the bloodstream. Even a small rise in blood sugar has been linked to premature death, accelerated aging, and chronic and degenerative health concerns. The key to optimal health is early detection! Today, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of America is pre-diabetic. (9-11) Not only that, but blood sugar levels still within the accepted normal range are now linked to epidemic levels of cognitive decline in our elderly, as well as premature aging and cardiovascular risk. (4,5,8)
How We Got Here
The following is a short summary of facts that show how we got into this mess of heightened blood sugar concerns. Now it is up to us to dig ourselves out!
FACT: In 1961, the American Heart Association declared cholesterol a public health concern. (1)
FACT: Consumption of fats declined. (6) Heart-healthy consumption of eggs decreased by 30%. (1)
FACT: In 1980, The Federal Government subsidized farmers to grow wheat and corn. In 2005, $7.3 billion was subsidized to farmers to grow grain for feed. (2)
FACT: Good fats were out and corn and wheat (sugar) were in. Not only that, corn and wheat (sugar) were used by food manufacturers for pennies on the dollar. (1,2)
FACT: Heart disease skyrocketed in the USA in the past 30 years. (4)
FACT: Dairy products from grain and corn fed cows have 500 times less heart-healthy fats such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) compared to grass-fed cows. (3)
FACT: According to the CDC, an estimated one-third of American adults are pre-diabetic and 90% don’t even know it. (5)
Catch It Early
Take responsibility for your health, well-being and longevity by self-monitoring your blood sugar. Today, the normal range for fasting blood sugar is too high, according to an overwhelming amount of science. (4,5,8) Start by monitoring your fasting blood sugar levels in the morning, and make lifestyle and dietary adjustments until you see the fasting morning blood sugar start falling into the 70-90mg/dL range – no higher.
To learn more about the most common causes of blood sugar concerns, please download and read my free eBook “Blood Sugar Secrets for Health and Longevity.”
We Are All Individuals
There are many things that we should all do to protect ourselves from blood sugar concerns. Here are some of what you will learn in my eBook:
- How to reduce or avoid added sweeteners
- How to reduce or avoid processed foods and cooked oils
- How to eat balanced meals with proteins, veggies, starches and good fats
- How to exercise daily to balance blood sugar
While these blood sugar rules will help tremendously, sometimes it requires a little detective work to understand our blood sugar levels. Often there are hidden causes of heightened blood sugar that are not so easily detected. This is why I am a fan of self-monitoring your blood sugar at home with a glucometer.
10 Experiments to Solve the Blood Sugar Mystery
Let’s say you have cut out sugar, processed foods, and have followed all of the eBook recommendations and you still have blood sugar numbers higher than you would like. Get creative! Start taking certain foods out of your diet or make some specific lifestyle changes for a week at a time and check your morning numbers first thing in the morning during that week to measure any changes. These can be done in any order:
- Stop wheat for a week.
- Stop dairy for a week.
- Stop wheat and dairy for a week.
- Cut out alcohol for a week.
- Go to bed before 10pm for a week.
- Don’t eat carbs at night for a week.
- Stop eating after 6pm for a week.
- Fast on water or green vegetable juice one day a week for a month.
- Eat light (only 600 calories a day) 2 days a week and normal the other 5 days for a month.
- Try my Weight Balancing Program for a month (free eBook).
Be aware that the glucometers are inexpensive and are not precise instruments. Look for trends rather than exact numbers with each reading.
Sometimes being a blood sugar detective requires some extra sleuthing, so be patient while you learn about which unique lifestyle factors work best for you in supporting your own healthy blood sugar levels — it’s well worth it!
Have you tried any of the above experiments?