How to improve + maintain your health
using a blood sugar monitor
Sugar and carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are a sign that you are eating too many carbs, too often.
High blood sugar levels can contribute to high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, fatigue, depression and obesity and increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and dementia.
Keeping your blood sugar level within normal range will help you to remain healthy and reduce your risk of poor health in the future.
1 out of 3 adults in the UK have blood sugar levels which are higher than normal (pre-diabetic).
How to use a blood sugar monitor
Test your blood on waking and before and after meals. If your blood sugar is too high, identify the carbohydrate in your meal which caused the rise, and reduce the portion or cut it out next time.
|Blood sugar||IDEAL||NORMAL range||PRE-DIABETIC||DIABETIC|
|FASTING on waking before breakfast and before meals||< 5.5
|4 – 6 mmol/l
|6.1 – 6.9mmol/l||>7 mmol/l|
|One hour AFTER EATING||< 6.7 mmol/l||< 7.8 mmol/l||7.8 – 11 mmol/l||> 11 mmol/l|
|2 hours AFTER EATING||< 5.5 mmol/l||< 7.8 mmol/l||7.8 – 11 mmol/l||> 11 mmol/l|
This information is solely for the purpose of education. It should not be construed nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider. Always consult with your doctor or other qualified health provider before embarking on a new diet or supplement programme. Copyright: Alexandra Barton, Nutritional Therapist BANT