Are You At Risk?

“I have been eating clean, low carb, insulin friendly, Paleo, Keto, even some fasting, and my blood sugar is STILL higher than I think it should be…..this stuff doesn’t work for me!”

Years of different eating and lifestyle behaviors have changed your metabolism.

When I say metabolism, I am not talking about your metabolic rate or how many calories you think you burn.

Over time your body has adapted to a specific environment and changed how it works and its physical structure.

First, you have to test!

I prefer the Keto Mojo tester for blood sugar & ketones. I like them because they are not the same people who sell you medications to lower your BS based on their tests. 

You can also use the ketone tests to track fat burning and see what foods or drinks help with burning fat and ketosis and which hinder them.

You can also get Vitamin D home tests starting at $29. 

This number is good to have and know, and vit D levels are inversely related to Insulin Resistance….the lower the D, the higher the IR.

Home HDL, LDL, VLDL, Triglycerides, and Total Cholesterol tests start at around $40.

Triglycerides correlate with insulin levels, so anything over 100 and there’s an issue starting.

Now that you are testing:

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, and Diabetics’ risk of it is 2-4 TIMES HIGHER, and 2/3 of them die from it. Ten times as many women die from heart disease than breast cancer!

at risk with insulin

You can also measure your waist and monitor that at home: Over 35″ for women and 40″ for men is considered a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and visceral obesity, but the functional health numbers are 34 and 38.5 and under.

Blood pressure is easy to do at home, and 125/82 or higher is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes.

Your Heart Health risks start rising when your blood sugar hits 87, well in the range of the medical normal but not functionally. 

I rank Blood Sugar numbers as follows:

  • 60-86 Functionally healthy depending on metabolic profile (Don’s Numbers)
  • 87-100 (pre-pre diabetes- Don’s Numbers)
  • 100-125 (pre-diabetes-medically)
  • 126 and up (type 2 diabetes medically)

Now….. how do you FIX this?

Suppose you want just to lower the number on the blood glucose tester. In that case, you can eat fewer carbs/sugar and fast occasionally, exercise a bit, and take some supplements. 

For most, that number will go down…….but it has not changed your metabolism’s structure or function, and you are still unhealthy, going down a sick road, just with regular blood sugar numbers.

So, what exactly has changed?

  1. Your cells have shifted their gears to burn sugar 24/7 due to the constant pressure from insulin.
  2. Your liver has been holding back the floodgate gate of blood sugar and beating up all the other hormones that are affected or processed through the liver…..and, most likely, get fat.
  3. Your pancreas has been whipped continually and is BURNT out and dysfunctional, to say the least, and damaged, to say the most.
  4. Your nervous system has been thrown into a constant “Threat” sympathetic (stress) response. It has hindered your parasympathetic “repair” (healing) response leading to a hyper-inflammatory state of the whole system and magnifying any stress responses you have in your life.
  5. You are dealing with toxicity. We all are. It no longer is a question of “Am I toxic?” but rather, “How toxic am I, and what sort of toxicity am I dealing with?”

With a high blood glucose test, you can have simply overeaten carbs or sugar or had any of the 1 through 4 above playing a part.

Five is environmental and comes through food, water, air, environment, skin (products), medications, heavy metals, etc.

You will not change 1 through 4 above by just changing what you eat, but you will benefit from not continuing to insult the damaged system.

If you want your body to work differently, to improve your metabolic function and structure of the organs involved, then more needs to be considered. 

This is where customization of your approach and plan becomes very important.

This is a big concept, and this post is probably trying to fit too much. Still, for those serious about this, it should give you a better idea of what is going on and hope that you CAN IMPROVE, even if your blood sugar numbers are higher than you think they “should” be for what you are doing.

If you need a plan to follow, message me directly to discuss the program I use.

More coming, my friends!

We can do better!

Dr. Don