Breakthrough in Regulating Glucose: How I reduced my blood sugar from 329 to 88

Introduction

To the best of my knowledge, much of what you’re about to read has not been published or discussed anywhere. It’s based on my own personal research and experiences. I’m about to describe some serious failings in how we currently approach regulation of glucose levels and management of diabetes. This article is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure. Contact your healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your exercise or diet.

Most Glucose Readings are Inaccurate

People interested in tracking their blood glucose levels, who have experimented a bit, know that two readings taken at the same time can sometimes be as much 30 points apart. That’s a huge difference. It’s usually because of errors in how the testing is done. However, if you get two readings that are very similar, there’s a likelihood that the average of those two is close to accurate. It may take as many as three readings to know you have an accurate number.

At a cost of up to $1.40 per test strip, most people check their glucose once per day, in the morning, and get only one (probably inaccurate) data point for a 24-hour period. They are left not knowing if their blood glucose increases during the day, or if the morning reading is the highest level for the day.

Having an accurate reading at night and in the morning can help identify conditions such as “The Dawn Phenomenon” and “The Somogyi Effect.” (source)

With only a single morning reading, there’s no awareness about the actual glucose impact of different foods eaten, and no knowledge of how different exercises during the day impact blood sugar levels.

Despite the life saving insight that even just two samples per day could provide, for some reason, insurance companies only pay for one test strip per day.

Glucose Testing Made Financially Accessible

Recently CVS Pharmacy began selling their brand of glucose test strips for $22 per box of 100 strips retail price rather than $140 per box of 100 (what some of the insurance-preferred brand name test strip manufacturers charge). This has really shaken up the industry, and has people asking about the ethics of marking up essential healthcare products to make a 400% increase in profit when people’s lives are at risk.

Now, anyone with $22 can buy a box of 100 test strips and map out what’s causing their diabetes (or high glucose levels), then take corrective action to cure it. Because diabetes is the gateway to a host of other illnesses, big pharmaceutical companies are undoubtedly upset about this development, as are the companies that are trying to sell test strips for $140 per 100 rather than $22 per 100.

What the Healthcare Industry Tells You

Ask just about any doctor about glucose testing, and they will try to convince you that you don’t need to pay attention to your glucose levels during the day “because the numbers fluctuate so much and are meaningless.” Perhaps the doctors are influenced by what the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies tell them.

Yet, anyone actually testing their own glucose levels will quickly learn how their body responds to various kinds of foods and exercises, and the impact of a sedentary lifestyle becomes measurable.

Positive results of varying degrees can be seen in a matter of hours, days, and weeks. Some exercises have a greater impact than others. Depending on the carbs, sugars, glycemic index, and your own unique metabolic processes, different foods will impact your glucose levels differently.

All of this can be learned by strategically performing your own glucose testing.

Clinical Research for $1 Per Day

We’re talking about in-home clinical research that’s about as complicated as an elementary school science project and costs about 45 cents to $1 per day, and it could save lives. Yet, even with the recent 85%  drop in cost for the CVS test strips, insurance companies refuse to pay for it and doctor’s don’t suggest it.

The fact is that most people are on their own with regard to predictive and preventative care. Even if you go to an integrative medicine doctor, most insurance companies won’t cover exploratory procedures and preventative treatments.

So, in the case of blood sugar management, you’ll probably need to pay with your own money to get a glucose tester and test strips, because in some cases insurance companies will only cover the cost of brand name testers, and even then they only cover one test strip per day.

Our current industrial medical complex, despite possessing billions of our dollars, apparently can’t or won’t conduct this basic research, so it’s up to each individual to clinically study and learn about their own health conditions to develop a personalized wellness regime. This, of course, should be done in collaboration with an practitioner of integrative medicine, and it’s good to continue with a traditional doctor for whatever minimal care is offered by the insurance companies.

Since I seem to be banging on the same drum as everyone else in proclaiming the failings of western medicine, I should state that there is much good research being done, and many good people having a positive impact who work in various sectors of the healthcare industry. So, it’s not the people who have failed us, it’s the system itself that’s not serving us as well as it could. Just as large corporations have too much monied influence over our government, they also have too much selfish influence over the healthcare industry.

Danger! Call your doctor immediately!

About a mont ago, my glucose levels were reaching over 300 as you can see in the reading below.

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The standard medical advisory for readings this high is: “Danger. Call your doctor immediately.” (Source: University of Washington)

I was alarmed. I knew I had to do something. So, I did, and below you can see the results before and after about 30 days later.

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Background

I should share some of the background leading up to my high glucose reading. By the way, when I saw the reading above of over 300, I didn’t call my doctor immediately. Here’s why…

For many years I’ve been periodically testing my blood sugar levels. Year after year, they were normal.

In the fall of 2013, I’d started using a protein drink mix called Muscle Milk. I created a video about the experience. The protein drink does what it promises. It produces amazing levels of energy and strength. However, in the process, it raises cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

However, I didn’t realize what was going on with my health, until several weeks into using the product and I had my annual physical. The doctor immediately declared me to be a diabetic, wanted to put me on high blood pressure medication, and was alarmed about my cholesterol levels. I was really surprised since I’d not previously had trouble with my blood sugar being high. Yet, it was close to 140 according to the lab work. That’s the highest I’d ever seen it.

I explained that I’d been using a nutritional supplement that I suspected had skewed the lab results. I asked if we could wait on the high blood pressure medicine. The doctor reluctantly agreed to wait on the high blood pressure medicine, but insisted that I take Metformin to help regulate my blood sugar.

I thought to myself, “What could go wrong?”

Well, here’s what went wrong.

I started taking the Metformin prescription and noticed my blood sugar levels were increasing. Every few days the numbers were higher. Soon my blood sugar levels were up to 180, then 220, then one day they reached 285 while on the Metformin. “This is crazy,” I thought.

I immediately stopped taking Metformin, and did some online research. I read that “patients taking metformin can also experience high blood sugar.” (source) I’m glad I’d been checking my blood sugar regularly rather than once per day in the morning. Otherwise I might have been unaware of the danger I was in.

For me this was just another disappointing experience where I was trying to play by the rules, and doing what the doctor had ordered, and my condition became worse.

It took me months to bring my blood sugar levels back down. Without much provocation at all, they’d be back up again. The extreme reaction I was having to foods high in sugars and carbs was alarming, but it allowed me to have a very sensitive measurement tool to evaluate a lot of different foods.

Using my own body as a research lab, I tested various foods and exercises to learn more about their impact on glucose levels. By February 2015, the testing was over. It had to be. Eating a typical American diet was resulting in blood sugar levels of over 300.

I gathered all my research from the past year of testing, and put it all to work. The result was a return to normal levels in about 30 days.

I’m going to publish more details about my findings in the coming weeks.

To learn more, read the health section of my March 2015 news update.

Recipe: Balela and Yogurt Parfait

We’d probably all agree that Yogurt is a healthy food choice.

If you take a look at the yogurt selection in most large grocery stores, you’ll see a huge variety of brands and flavors to choose from.

However, when you take a look at the sugar content and carbs of these, you’ll see that there really isn’t much variety.

Most yogurt nutrition and ingredient labels don’t look much different than a candy bar when it comes to sugar and carbs. Take a look at the Yoplait label below. Sugar is the second ingredient!

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We see from the list of ingredients that there’s more sugar in this ‘mixed berry’ yogurt than any of the berries prominently featured on the label. The end result is 26 grams of sugar and 33 grams of carbs. That’s really unnecessary. If you’ve ever mixed berries in plain yogurt you know that sugar isn’t a required ingredient.

By comparison, a product like Kalona Supernatural Organic 2% Plain Yogurt has only 6 grams of sugars and 11 grams of carbs per 6 ounce serving which is about the baseline for dairy products. You seriously don’t need 20 additional grams of sugar in a 6 oz. snack food.

Although we typically think of yogurt as a sweet snack, in many cultures yogurt is combined with spicy foods or tart foods.

It may take you a little while to develop a desire for this combination, but try mixing Balela (a Mediterranean chickpea salad) with organic plain yogurt. You’ll get a wide array of amino acids along with the digestive benefits of yogurt.

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Supreme Protein Bar and MET-Rx Big 100 Bar

It’s difficult for most people to consume enough protein in their diet, especially for vegetarians. Many protein bars, shakes, and other supplements that claim to be high in protein have only about 8 to 15 grams of protein. These options are typically high in sugar and carbs. This page provides information about two protein bars that offer 28 to 30 grams of protein.

MET-Rx Big 100

One excellent protein bar is the MET-Rx Big 100 Meal Replacement Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bar that offers 28 grams of protein with 50 grams of carbs (25 grams of sugar). [Buy Now]

Supreme Protein Bar

The Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter Crunch  has  30 grams of protein with 26 grams of carbs (8 grams of sugar). This is a high protein to carb ratio and helpful for those wanting to reduce their carb intake while increasing protein intake. [Buy Now]

OneTouch® Verio®Sync Blood Glucose Meter and iPhone App

Summary

This page provides information and resources for the OneTouch® Verio®Sync Blood Glucose Meter and iPhone App. Visit VerioSync page on the OneTouch website for more details. While the testing system is relatively inexpensive and has the advantage of synchronizing with a smartphone, the test strips are very expensive costing about $1.60 each when purchased in a bulk pack of 100 strips. Amazon lists the retail price for 100 strips as $330. However, you can buy 100 strips for about $70 on Amazon.

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TruNature Prostate Health Complex – Saw Palmetto with Zinc, Lycopene, Pumpkin Seed

Fact Sheet: TruNature Prostate Health Complex

Provider: Amazon (No longer available at Costco)

Description

Prostate Health Complex contains Lycopene, Pumpkin Seed and Saw Palmetto, nutrients that contain phytonutrients and fatty acids that may help maintain a healthy prostate. † Extra Strength. One Softgel per Day. †

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. trunature® is a registered trademark of Costco Wholesale Inc. We guarantee the quality of each trunature product offered online and in our warehouse locations. If you are not completely satisfied, your money will be refunded.

Suggested Use: Adults – One softgel daily with a meal as a dietary supplement. Supplement Facts: Serving Size: 1 Softgel Each Softgel

Contains – % Daily Value: Zinc 15 mg – 100%, Selenium 55 mcg – 79%, Saw Palmetto Extract (Serona repens)(Berry) 320 mg Standardized to 85% (272 mg) Fatty Acids w/ Active Sterols – *, Pumpkin Seed Oil (Curcubita pepo) 480 mg – **, Palmitic Acid 66.7 mg – *, Stearic Acid 27.8 mg – *, Oleic Acid 115.2 mg – *, Linoleic Acid 266.4 mg – *, Lycopene 300 mcg. *Daily Value not established. Ingredients: Pumpkin Seed Oil, Saw Palmetto, Gelatin, Purified Water USP, Glycerin, Zinc Gluconate, Safflower Oil, Yellow Beeswax, Selenium Yeast, Lecithin (from Soy), Caramel Powder, Titanium Dioxide and Lycopene.

Warning: Prostate Health Complex does not treat prostate cancer and is not intended to replace regular visits to your physician. Individuals taking any medication or have an underlying health condition should consult their physician before using this product.

Notice: Herbs have a distinct natural color and may vary in color.

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Kraft Real Mayo 22oz. Squeeze Bottle Mayonnaise Calories and Nutrition Information

Summary

If you do a Google search for Kraft real mayo nutrition information, you won’t find the Kraft website prominently listed. In fact, the only link for the Kraft website will take you to a page that features Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil. The only easy way to easily obtain the accurate nutrition information is to visit the product description page provided by Amazon and then click to view the product images (provided below).

No Cause for Secrecy

There are lots of brands and styles of mayonnaise available, and they almost all have virtually the same ingredients and nutrition information. At 90 calories per tablespoon (and all that is fat calories), mayonnaise is fattening, yet something people are willing to expend their calorie budget on.

Product Comparison

Kraft has even developed a page that allows you to compare their Olive Oil-based mayonnaise with many other brands. Except, you won’t find Kraft real mayonnaise listed there either.

Product Images

We’ve provided the product information images below for your convenience as well as a screen shot of the Kraft Olive Oil-Based Mayonnaise comparison page. While Kraft doesn’t provide the nutrition information for their real mayonnaise, you can add it manually.

Activity, Health, and Nutrition Tracking and Monitoring Technologies

Summary

There’s been a lot in the news lately about technologies available now or in the near future that will help track your activity, nutritional intake, and vitals. The most recent and interesting of these are systems that scan your body, food, or beverages using spectrometers and similar technologies to provide accurate non-invasive reporting with little or no user involvement. This page offers a directory of the more prominent devices.

Activity Tracking Devices

There are a variety of bracelets and clip-on devices designed to track activity. Products like Basis monitor skin temperature and preparation to more precisely determine activity and calories burned. Here’s a short list of the products out there:

Food & Beverage Scanning Devices

  • GE Universal Food Scanner – Will scan a plate of food and tell you the calories.
  • Vessyl – Will scan beverages and can tell you what the beverage is, and in many cases who the manufacturer is, along with nutritional data.

Body Scanning Devices

  • AIRO – Uses spectrometer technology to monitor your blood and tell you what you’re eating based on blood analysis.

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Juicing Recipe: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Jalapeño Pepper, and Sweet Pepper

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Summary

A mix of Juicing Recipe: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Jalapeño Pepper, and Sweet Pepper can be a refreshing and energizing drink any time of day. Using a cold pressed masticating style juicer like the Omega J8006, it’s possible to retain the nutritional benefits of all ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrot – 5 pounds of organic peeled baby carrots
  • Celery – 1 pack (approximately 7 stalks)
  • Jalapeño Pepper – 2 large
  • Sweet Pepper – 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange

Directions

With the Omega J8006 juicer, and many other masticating cold press juicers, the opening is fairly small where food is inserted. This requires that food pieces be relatively small. You can prepare your food before you start, or as you go.

Once you start the juicing process, it’s a good idea to alternate between ingredients to facilitate the process. Some fruits and vegetables have more fluid than others. So, this helps keep flushing out the system. Carrots are good for cleansing the juicer.

Appearance

The appearance of this juice will be the color of carrots.

Flavor

The most noticeable flavors in this juice will be the carrot juice, but the jalapeño peppers will give it a bit of a bite.

Thyroid Wellness Suggestions from Dr. Jason Bradley

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(Source: Dr. Jason Bradley of the Washington Street Wellness Center)

Simple Steps To Start TODAY To Fix Your Thyroid And Metabolism

I encourage you to take the following steps to rebalance your thyroid:

1. Make a thorough inventory of any of the symptoms that I mentioned in many previous posts to see if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.

2. Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

3. Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.

4. Consider heavy metal toxicity.

5. Check your vitamin D level.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

The following is a simple seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism that virtualy anyone can begin to implement today:

1. Treat the Underlying Causes — Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. THESE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE AT 319-466-0026 or email altamedea@gmail.com;

2. Optimize Your Nutrition — Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more;

3. Minimize Stress — Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program;

4. Exercise — Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function;

5. Supplement — Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function;

6.Heat Therapy — Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function;

7. Thyroid Hormones — Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland when determined necessary.

If you’d like more information, please join us WEDNESDAY EVENING at 7 PM at Washington Street Wellness Center, 113 Wright Street, Iowa City for a short lecture on thyroid health.

And, as always, Be Well!

Black Bean Dip

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The Black Bean Dip shown above is an excellent snacking food. (Source: OMCFood.com)

The ingredients are fairly simple: Black Bean, Water, Lemon Juice, Fresh Garlic, Sea Salt, Cumin.

An entire 10 ounce container has only 110 calories, and because it’s made of entirely raw ingredients, the body processes it well.

This dip is delicious with celery and other veggies, but can also be eaten by itself.

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