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How to monitor your blood glucose

A My Blood Pressure user emailed me this week to share that he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He was a little upset and confused as to what it meant.

I found a great video for him that is helpful for anyone who wants to start monitoring and controlling their blood glucose or who has just been diagnosed with diabetes. I liked the way it describes how self monitoring can help manage blood glucose levels. I thought it is similar to how self monitoring of blood pressure can help control blood pressure!

The diabetes educator in the video shows just how easy it is to take a blood glucose reading and what the numbers mean. This is a great video for anyone who may be at risk for diabetes.

Just don’t forget to record and chart your blood glucose readings with My Blood Glucose software. :)

Video: How blood glucose monitoring can control diabetes

Thank you to AnswersTV.com for the video.

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11 Responses to “How to monitor your blood glucose”

  1. NotThePest says:

    Kelly,

    There is a correlation between High Blood Pressure and the eventual diagnosis of Type II; one, rise in Blood Pressure, usually precedes the other.

    I’m not sure if insulin resistance, which triggers the body’s pancreas to begin pumping out more and more insulin in an attempt to overcome the body’s inability to efficiently use insulin, is one of the triggers that stress the body so blood pressure begins to rise. However, if you listen to people’s medical stories, first comes high blood pressure then a year or two later, possibly years later, the person predisposed to Type II diabetes, is then diagnosed.

  2. John S says:

    It is well know that hyperinsulinemia (high fasting insulin levels) is the major cause of high blood pressure and that a insulin-lowering diet almost immediately (days to weeks) will lower high blood pressure. Do you want to take high blood pressure medicine or change your diet?

    High insulin levels increase water retention and increase excretion of Magnesium (Mg). Mg cause smooth muscle relaxation. When Mg levels get low then the blood vessels can’t relax. Here’s a link to a transcript of a pretty famous talk given by a diabetes/leptin/aging expert Dr. Ron Rosedale.

    http://www.biblelife.org/rosedale.htm

    And here’s another Rosedale article:

    http://www.life-enthusiast.com/index/Articles/Rosedale/Diabetes_Is_Not_a_Disease_of_Blood_Sugar

    Also, go buy the book Protein Power by Drs. Michael and Mary Eades. It’s in paperback and should be less than $10 US. Dr. Eades describes his success in treating high blood pressure patients with diet alone. works in days with some.

  3. John S says:

    Cooling inflammation is cool!

    Avoid refined carbs, reduce omega-6 fatty acids and increase omega-3 fatty acids will go along way in reducing inflammation. Here’s link to the Neptune Krill oil website that shows how krill oil reduces inflammation. I take 1gm krill oil/day in addition Carlson’s Very Finest Fish Oil (800mg EPA/500mg DHA per teaspoonful)

    http://www.neptunebiotech.com/images/documents/en/clinical_studies/Article%20Chronic%20Inflammation.pdf

  4. John S says:

    Hey, I just looked at the above video and it was done at my alma mater – University of Illinois – Chicago. Of course, I would prefer that the nurse would’ve talked about diet to control that guy’s diabetes.

  5. John S says:

    Low carb diet beats low fat diet for cholesterol reduction and increased HDL

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_med_dueling_diets

    • Steve says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the links on Krill oil and the Carlson fish oil. I was just reading about Krill oil on the Cooling inflammation blog (I have only just finished reading his 2008 posts … plenty more reading to go!)

      > Low carb diet beats low fat diet
      > for cholesterol reduction and
      > increased HDL

      Thanks for posting this. A very interesting study. I will try and track down the original study and do an article about this.

      Thanks!
      Steve

  6. John S says:

    Steve……….here’s why the low carb diet works better on blood lipids. HMGCoA Reductase is the rate limiting enzyme in the intracellular reaction to make cholesterol in human cells. Statins block this enzyme thereby reducing the body’s production of cholesterol. HDL and LDL are both reduced with statins. Guess what stimualtes HMGCoA Reductase? Insulin that’s what. So if you reduce unsulin levels then there is less stimulation of HMGCoA Reductase by insulin. If you have a chemical reaction that is rated limited by an enzyme and you want to inhibit or reduce the reaction (here the production of cholesterol) then you inhibit or block the enzyme. In our case you can inhibit the production of cholesterol by either taking a statin or eat a low carb diet. Saturated fat which contrary, to popular belief, are not harmful and actually are needed in the diet to increase HDL. So the low carb diet reduces insulin, reduces pressure on HMGCoA Reductase, reduces the production of cholesterol in the human cells, and raises HDL. What more could you want? OK – maybe increase in NO which is what Viagra does!

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She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.


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