Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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* You get the information you need to manage your blood sugar levels and are empowered to prevent the negative health consequences associated with high blood sugar levels
* Complex scientific information is presented in plain language that you can understand
* The author breaks down your body’s complex processes and makes it easy for you to understand what is going on
* Research studies are dissected and the information contained is described in terms you can understand.
* There are clear explanations regarding the serious health issues caused by fluctuating high blood sugar levels.
What makes this book outstanding is the author’s ability to take very scientific information and break it down into the key components that people need to know and present it in a simple way that everyone can understand.
Not only does the author do an outstanding job of describing why everyone should care about their blood sugar, but she also provides an easy to understand strategy whereby everyone can manage their own blood sugars and avoid all of the health problems associated with high blood sugars.
The book starts of with a really good description of what normal blood sugar is and how normal people metabolize food. I’ve never seen a better description in plain language that you can understand.
Next there is a great discussion regarding how diabetes develops in certain people over time. The author makes really interesting points and backs them up with research studies:
* Your genetic heritage has a greater influence on if you will develop diabetes than what you eat
* Most people have blood sugar issues that cause them to be fat rather than the other way around.
Rather than propose a strict diet, the author gives you the information you need to determine what foods you should be eating and how much you should be eating.
* What is normal blood sugar? - Presented in easy to understand language
* How diabetes develops - Presented in easy to understand language and backed up by research studies.
* What really causes diabetes? An outstanding description regarding what is known based on the latest research
* Blood sugar level and organ damage - Using the latest information, the author lays out what organ damage is done by various blood sugar levels.
* Must you deteriorate? Many doctors preach that organ damage and health issues are inevitable for diabetics. Here the author debunks this myth by explaining exactly what the research shows and the shortcoming in the research that have caused most doctors to prescribe medications but not encourage their patients to lower their blood sugar levels.
* How to lower your blood sugar - A step by step guide that everyone can follow.
* Making your diet work - Simple, practical tips
* Diabetes drugs - How to tell if you can’t manage your blood sugar with diet alone. What to do if you can’t.
* Insulin - A small percentage of people do not produce enough insulin. For those that don’t, here is the most effective way to use insulin.
* Supplements and healing foods - Separating fact from fiction when it comes to natural alternatives to help you manage your blood sugar levels.
* Exercise - A practical approach to exercise
* Is it really type 2 diabetes? A discussion of the other forms of diabetes that most people are unaware of and require different management including Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults (LADA), Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), and Insulin Sensitive Type 2 Diabetes,
* Working with Doctors and Hospitals - How to arm yourself with a doctor who is a partner, not an obstacle including how to figure out whether your doctor is the right one based on knowledge levels, the tests he/she orders, medications he/she recommends. Basically, what to expect of a good doctor.
The core message of the book is that blood sugar levels over 140 mg/dL are damaging. Regardless whether you have diabetes, prediabetes, insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, you want to keep your blood sugar levels under 140 mg/dL.
Blood sugar levels over 140 mg/dl are the cause of many heath conditions like increased heart attack risk, nerve problems, loss of eyesight, circulation problems, problems with your blood vessels and damage to your pancreas
The best way to ensure your blood sugar levels never go over 140 is to reduce your consumption of simple carbohydrates (sugars and starches)
The majority of people can control their blood sugars with diet alone.
For those that can’t the author presents several great strategies for doing so using medications with the fewest side effects.
You did not eat your way to diabetes! Not all diabetics are fat and often, it is insulin resistance that causes weight gain long before someone becomes diabetic, not the other way around.
Blood sugar swings are a major cause of food cravings that lead to overeating and weight gain. You can be free from constant hunger if your manage your blood sugar levels.
The core message of the book is (1) that blood sugars over 140 are damaging, and that you should keep your blood sugar below this level all the time, and (2) that keeping your blood sugar below 140 is something that everyone can do.
The problem with blood sugars over 140 is that they cause diabetic complications: increased heart attack risk, nerve problems, eyesight loss, kidney problems, blood vessel and circulation problems that can lead to amputations, etc. High blood sugars also accelerate damage to your pancreas, so that you get ongoing higher and higher blood sugars, a vicious circle. Not fun stuff.
The best early warning sign that your blood sugars are spiraling out of control is your peak blood sugar after a meal. If your blood sugar spikes to over 140 after eating, you need to start working on it. The best way to check it is to buy a low-cost over-the-counter blood sugar meter at your local pharmacy, and check your readings at 1, 1.5, and 2 hours after a typical meal.
The problem with fasting blood sugar as an indicator is that this is the last to go. You can have normal fasting blood sugars and high after-meal peaks for a long time, then "overnight" have very high fasting blood sugars when your system loses the ability to recover. Only when you show high fasting blood sugars will your doctor start treating you.
The best solution for high peak blood sugars is to reduce carbohydrates, which lowers the amount of blood sugar that your metabolism has to cope with.
One interesting piece of information is that carpal tunnel syndrome is often an early warning for blood sugar problems. Since I had carpal tunnel and other RSI problems years before I realized my blood sugar was not well-managed, this certainly fits for me.
This book is a great summary of what I've learned for myself, with enough new info and good ways of looking at things to make it extremely worthwhile. Thanks, Jenny!
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