Re: Blood tests
If you wanting to lower your blood glucose, of course, you know cutting carbs will help. Carbs become sugar, so bread and potatoes, etc. eventually become glucose, right? You can also lower your blood sugar level by exercising. Your blood sugar will peak an hour or two after eating and this is a good time to exercise to lower your blood sugar. A couple of cups of coffee a day can help.
I have been reading about the importance of keeping the microbes in our guts healthy. A lot of gas can indicate the bacteria in our gut is doing fine, but our ability to digest food is not doing fine because our ph is wrong. Meaning our stomachs are not acid enough to digest our food, so we have too much gas causing bacteria having a party down there. In this case, drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, or eat fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, or at least use a healthy oil to make a vinegar and oil dressing and have some of that daily on a salad. This is not normally what doctors tell us to do, because for younger folks, the problem is commonly not enough fiber so they tell us to increase our fiber intake, and this feeds the bacteria and makes matters worse! But for us older folk, we may need something to correct our ph. The improved digestion may lower your blood sugar and also increase your ability to digest calcium, preventing osteoporosis.
I think those of us who are at risk of diabetes and osteoporosis should be testing our stools with ph paper to be sure our internal ph is what it should be for good digestion. Only when we are sure our diet is healthy, and our ph is what it should be, and we have exercised daily and slept well, should we take the next step of medicine. Our bodies can lose the ability to be self-regulating and we need to know at which level this occurs. Unless your doctor has specialized in geriatric medicine s/he may not know this. As we age we normally have less stomach acid and this may be what we need to correct.
We may have to learn to help our bodies regulate and that means paying attention what we eat, how much we exercise and when, and be sure you are sleeping well. Intentionally do all this on a regular schedule to help the body be regular.
Sleep apnea or being a night worker can lead to diabetes. If we are not sleeping well, we should check out why. A good night's sleep is that important.
By testing your blood glucose level before and after eating and before and after exercising, we can know how well our bodies are regulating the digestion of food and burning of gluose.