If you’re a diabetic, I’m sure the answer to that question is yes. But if you’re not a diabetic, do you know what’s going on with your blood sugar?
Knowing where your blood sugar is at is SO important! It can change pretty fast, so staying up on it is very important, especially because there are things we can do to improve our blood sugar levels pretty easily (low carb/keto/fasting).
From a health point of view we want to prevent diabetes or reverse it. From a weight loss perspective, if our blood sugar is high, fat loss is pretty much impossible and in fact, high blood sugar is when the body ‘stores’ fat.
How can we test?
🔹 A1C (lab testing)
- You can get an A1C test through your doctor (that’s the average blood sugar of the last 3 months) and this is an important number. It will tell you and your doctor if you are good, are pre-diabetic or diabetic.
- Doing this every 3 – 6 months is important so you can see which direction you’re going. The good news is, if you are pre-diabetic you can do something right now to change that (hello keto and/or fasting)!
🔹 Blood Glucose Test (home testing)
- Testing in the morning when you first wake up is a great way to see what your blood sugar is doing. Don’t just take one day, do it multiple days and write it down so you can look back and see the trend (I always put a note beside each day saying what I ate for dinner before).
- If you want to test a food/meal to see how it affects your blood sugar, take your blood glucose test at these intervals after eating/drinking: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours. This will show you how your body reacted to what you ingested and you can decide if this is something you want to have often or might want to avoid. Best to isolate the food/drink and not mix it with other things or you won’t know what caused a potential spike in blood sugar.
❓ Do you test your blood glucose at home? Do you regularly get an A1C? Does any of this info influence how you eat or live your life? 👇