Glucose intolerance led to pre-diabetic blood sugar levels for me and my husband. Quitting sugar brought those levels down to normal for both of us.
According to the Mayo Clinic website,
- A fasting blood sugar level below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) — 5.6 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) — is considered normal.
- A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 7.0 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. This result is sometimes called impaired fasting glucose.
- A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher indicates type 2 diabetes.
According to the National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseses, An estimated 88 million adults ages 18 years or older (34.5 percent of U.S. adults) have prediabetes.
Like so many women, my impaired glucose tolerance developed during pregnancy. After my son was born, my weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels never returned to normal even after seven years of low fat dieting and regular steady state cardio exercise.
Eliminating sugar, flour, vegetable oils, and seed oils returned my blood sugar to normal and allowed me to release 70 pounds of fat.
Recently, my husband, who enjoyed a lifetime at a healthy weight, began to experience burning feet. This scared him enough to make him willing to start checking his fasting blood glucose. He was very upset when it turned out to be in the diabetic range. He immediately asked me help him get off of the sugary, starchy snacks he had been eating. After three days of quitting sugar, grains, vegetable oils, and seed oils, his blood sugar was back in the normal range, and the burning was gone.
One of the most important books I have ever read on how sugar leads to serious health consequences is:
“Sugar Crush” by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar.
Sugar Crush lists and explains the physical symptoms of impaired glucose intolerance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes, and it confirms the good news that you can take action to ward off the consequences of type 2 diabetes if you cut added sugars and processed grains out of your eating plan as soon as these symptoms appear.
Quitting sugar can be difficult at first, and staying off of sugar is a challenge in our snack filled environment, but the benefits are so clear and important that our initial and ongoing efforts to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range are a small price to pay for good health, well being, and peace of mind.
Here are the simple changes I made to my husband’s eating plan.
- No sugar, grains, vegetable oils, or seed oils. In other words, nothing out of a bag or a box.
- Simple breakfast of eggs and bacon, steak, or salmon. (My research and experience show that meat and fat are safe in the absence of sugar and grains.)
- Lunch is beef, poultry, or fish with a large tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing.
- Dinner is one of the proteins listed above with a cooked low starch vegetable like broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, or green beans.
- If he is hungry between meals he can have some cheese, raw vegetables with salsa, a hard boiled egg, or left overs from lunch or dinner, but he usually isn’t hungry for more than two meals a day.
The sugar freedom program is available here: Sugar Freedom
It shows the way we got off of sugar, and how we stay sugar free, in a detailed, step by step way.
Within three days of stopping his sugar habit, my husband’s blood sugar was back in the normal range, and the burning in his feet was gone. This happened several weeks ago. Van is staying sugar free, and the burning on the bottom of his feet has stayed away.
I love him so much, and it is a pleasure for me to make sure that Van has the foods he needs to stay healthy, happy, and satisfied for years to come.