Eat to your meter
Eat to your meter and you can find out more about how your body is reacting to foods. Also you can lose weight and discover if you need a quick consultation with your doctor. It is simple; what is not to love?
Well you will have to be brave enough to prick your finger a few times a day however, that doesn’t hurt (not very much). The first time you do it is by far the worst and after you’ve screwed yourself up a couple of times, it’s fine. And, of course, you need a glucometer.
How to do it
You need to take a reading first thing in the morning. When you wake up take your first reading before you head into the kitchen for a cup of tea. This will let you know whether or not you are diabetic or if you still have good overnight control. More on this later.
Then you will be treating yourself as an n=1 experiment until you have gathered enough data to understand how you react to foods, whether or not you are insulin resistant and the extent of any problems.
You take a measurement before you eat. Warning – if you have a couple of boiled sweets half an hour before you take a reading – you will be in for a shock so lay off the snacks while you are experimenting! A reading is taken one hour after starting to eat and then another 2 hours after starting to eat. Provided the second reading is lower than the first you do not need a third BUT… If the two hour reading is higher than the one hour reading make a third and if necessary a fourth.
I have only had to make a fourth reading once and that was when I had deliberately eaten an obscene amount of dried fruit. Never again.
Record your results
You need to keep records and the back of an envelope is fine however a spreadsheet or some other, more organised method is better. I kept my n=1 experiment records in a spreadsheet.
How high is too high?
Click on the chart it will take you to the website where it originated.
If you find yourself regularly going over 7.8, particularly if you are over 7.8 two hours after eating then you are having to pump out a lot of insulin to keep your blood sugar levels stable and you will be prediabetic if not into the diabetic ranges. You are definitely diabetic if your fasting blood glucose levels are over 5.5 and that is when you must toddle off and have a word with your doctor. Prediabetes and diabetes are not an automatic need for medication and this is where eating to your meter is important.
Benefits of tight blood sugar control
Eating to your meter is a method of getting a clue about insulin levels in your body. We all become more insulin resistant as we get older. More and more insulin is needed to keep blood sugar under control and insulin stores the excess glucose as fat.
All carbohydrates (except fibre) are turned into glucose. If you keep the glucose levels down you store less as fat.
We are all different
Suppose you find that an apple spikes your blood sugar but bananas don’t. Maybe, eat bananas and give apples a miss. Possibly try half an apple instead. How about eating your apple more slowly with a knife?
Bread and butter with peanut butter might be ok. Bread and jam a no no. This is the beautity of eating to your meter.
Eat to your meter and start to reduce insulin resistance. Feel energised and lose weight.
What about low blood sugar?
Hypoglycaemia can be dangerous. It happens when insulin overcompensates, rushing too much glucose out of the bloodstream.
Before you reach for a boiled sweet of a biscuit try something with fewer carbs. Maybe a handful of berries or a piece of cheese? And test, test, test again.