Blood glucose is an essential measure of your health and maintaining adequate levels can lead you to a better life. Popular known as blood sugar control, glycemic control is a medical term referring to the ideal, typical levels of blood sugar in the body. If you’re struggling to manage your blood glucose levels, take action and start monitoring your condition to prevent serious complications. High glucose levels increase risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Checking your blood glucose is relatively easy. The considered perfect glycemic control is when glucose levels are normal (70–130 mg/dl, or 3.9-7.2 mmol/L). You need a “glucometer” and most blood glucose meter products are simple and very easy-to-use.
However, since blood sugar levels fluctuate throughout the day, you should test your glucose levels before and after a meal for more accurate readings and keep a daily log to help your healthcare provider. Knowing the effect of your food on your blood glucose levels is very important and using the Glycemic Index (GI), which ranks carbohydrate-rich foods for their effect on blood glucose, is a good way to start including foods that help support healthy blood glucose levels. Reading and understanding food labels is also essential to watch for hidden sugar and starches.
According to Paul Mcglothin And Meredith Averill writers for the Life Extension Magazine, it’s important to 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. 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.
A balanced glucose control is essential to live a longer and healthier life, and it can also 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.
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