Here is a simple technique that, when used properly, is one of the most effective ways to maintain healthy blood sugar and prevent cardiovascular and metabolic disease – without unnecessary drugs.
The goal is to make sure your blood sugar doesn’t consistently rise higher than 140 mg/dL an hour after a meal, but does consistently drop below 120 mg/dL two hours after a meal, and returns to baseline (i.e. what it was before you ate) by three hours after a meal.
Prevention Method 2: Buy a glucometer and test stripsThe strategy I’m referring to is using a glucometer to test your post-meal blood sugars. It’s simple, accessible and puts the power of knowledge in your hands. A glucometer is a device that measures blood sugar. You prick your finger with a sterilized lancet, and then you apply the drop of blood to a “test strip” that has been inserted into the glucometer, and it measures your blood sugar.
Step one: test your blood sugar
- Test your blood sugar first thing in the morning after fasting for at least 12 hours. Drink a little bit of water just after rising, but don’t eat anything or exercise before the test. This is your fasting blood sugar level.
- Test your blood sugar again just before lunch.
- Eat your typical lunch. Do not eat anything for the next three hours. Test your blood sugar one hour after lunch.
- Test your blood sugar two hours after lunch.
- Test your blood sugar three hours after lunch.
Step two: interpret your resultsHealthy targets for blood sugar according to the scientific literature are as follows:
|Fasting blood glucose (mg/dL)||<86|
|OGGT / post-meal (mg/dL after 1 hour)||<140|
|OGGT / post-meal (mg/dL after 2 hours)||<120|
|OGGT / post-meal (mg/dL after 3 hours)||Back to baseline|