Category Archives: Blood sugar

The best artificial sweeteners

Our new recipes, such as New York Style Cheesecake and Chocolate Coconut Bread, are wheat-free and low- or no-carbohydrate. They fit perfectly into the New Track Your Plaque Diet for gaining control over coronary atherosclerotic plaque, not to mention diabetes, … Continue reading

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Sugar Nation

Former Men’s Health editor, Jeff O’Connell, has just released his new book, Sugar Nation. Back in 2009, Jeff contacted me to obtain some background insights into diabetes and its relationship with diet. He recently sent me a copy of his … Continue reading

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One hour blood sugar: Key to carbohydrate control and reversing diabetes

Diabetics are instructed to monitor blood glucose first thing in the morning and two hours after eating. This helps determine whether blood sugar is controlled with medications like metformin, Januvia, Byetta injections, or insulin. But that’s not how you use … Continue reading

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Can I eat quinoa?

. . . or beans, or brown rice, or sweet potatoes? Or how about amaranth, sorghum, oats, and buckwheat? Surely corn on the cob is okay! These are, of course, non-wheat carbohydrates. They lack several crucial undesirable ingredients found in … Continue reading

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Normal fasting glucose with high HbA1c

Jonathan’s fasting glucose: 85 mg/dl His HbA1c: 6.7% Jonathan’s high HbA1c reflects blood glucose fluctuations over the preceding 60-90 days and can be used to calculate an estimated average glucose (eAG) with the following equation: eAG = 28.7 X A1c – … Continue reading

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Oatmeal: Good or bad?

You’ve heard it before: oatmeal reduces cholesterol. Oatmeal producers have obtained permission from the FDA to use a cholesterol-reducing claim. The American Heart Association provides a (paid) endorsement of Quaker Oats. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve asked someone … Continue reading

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Exercise and blood sugar

There is no doubt that exercise yields benefits across a spectrum of health: reduced blood pressure,  reduced inflammation, reduced blood coagulation, better weight control, stronger bones, less depression, reduced risk for heart attack. Exercise also influences blood sugar. Diabetics understand this … Continue reading

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The most important weight loss tool

Question: What is the most effective tool available to help you lose weight?  A pedometer (walk 10,000 steps, etc.)? A treadmill?  A bicycle? No. None of the above.  The most important tool you can use to achieve weight loss is … Continue reading

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Timing of blood sugars

Because different foods generate different blood sugar (glucose) responses, the timing of your blood sugar is an important factor to consider. This question has come up a number of times. Commenters have asked whether the one-hour postprandial glucose is timed … Continue reading

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Psssst . . . There’s sugar in there

You non-diabetics who check your postprandial blood sugars already know: There are hidden sources of sugar in so many foods. By now, everybody should know that foods like breakfast cereals, breads, bagels, pretzels, and crackers cause blood sugar to skyrocket … Continue reading

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