recently i've been getting higher glucose levels than usual. My fasting glucose in the morning has been around 5.2-5.8 mmol/l (93.6 mg/dl - 104.4 mg/dl), and it still is. But my glucose levels between meals is getting to about 7.8 mmol/l (140.4 mg/dl) even 4 hours after the meal. Directly after a meal it can go all the way up to 12 mmol/l(216 mg/d)!!! I have never had any issues with blood glucose before.
I eat 2-3 meals a day and i almost never snack. I follow a Perfect Health Diet with potatoes and some parboiled rice.
I have been eating 4 tbsp resistant starch in form of raw potato starch for about a month. The potato starch does not raise my blood glucose at all.
Should i be worried? What could be the cause?
*UPDATE: I checked my blood glucose about 30 minutes after dinner and it was down to 5.9! For dinner i had brown beans and sausage. How could it be lower after the meal than before(it was 7.8)?
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on January 29, 2014
at 07:50 PM
Curious if anyone has implemented the ketogenic protocol as specified in the PHD book? It recommends at least 200 calories starchy veggies (50g starchy carbs?), 600 combined protein and carb calories (so at least 100g protein?), and a minimum of 4 Tbsp of MCT oil per day, as well as a few supplements (and of course, other fats and non-starchy vegges ad libitum).
This protocol seems to be in response to the horrible ways doctors have implemented various versions of ketogenic diets in the past which caused complications in their patients.
on January 28, 2014
at 04:46 PM
That's interesting. Are you possibly consuming too many potatoes and white rice? Also, are you incorporating them into a meal? As far as I know, combining an acid and fat (e.g. potatoes mashed with coconut oil and vinegar), and perhaps other ingredients in with carbohydrates like white rice or potatoes drastically lowers the glycemic index (and thus lowers/blunts blood sugar spikes) and increases absorbability of nutrients.
If you're consistently consuming white rice or potatoes in isolation, and not with meats, vegetables, fats, or acids, that could be a potential problem. Consuming foods together as an array is very important for absorbability. Consistently consuming types of foods in isolation can cause many problems.
You might also consider mixing tbsps of the raw potato starch into your rice/potatoes, if you're taking it in isolation, as it will also likely lower the GI, as well as being healthful to your colonic gut flora.
Also, have you checked that you are, indeed, consuming 50-70%+ of your calories from fat, and 15-30% from protein (which leaves 10-35% for carbs, but not more than.)?
Apart from that and simply consuming too many carbohydrates, I'm not sure. Did you have any signs of metabolic dysregulation before? Do you have any metabolic dysregulation already, such as diabetes? If so, potentially a much lower-carb version of the PHD, or a ketogenic version would be worth looking into.
on January 28, 2014
at 04:30 PM
Its the rice. I hate to break it to you but the "Perfect Health Diet" only works if you have been blessed with a superb metabolism and a huge tolerance to the metabolic damage carbs can cause. Starchy foods like rice and potatoes elevate blood glucose levels very high. Just look at their glycemic index (http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods.htm). White rice 89, Baked russet potato 111, Boiled white potato 82. Keep in mind that a cup with pure glucose syrup is 100. So white rice and boiled potatoes are almost as bad as a cup of pure glucose, while a baked potato is even worse that pure glucose.
I understand many people don't wan't to let go of the carbs because they are delicious, I understand this dilemma. I am Cuban born so during most of my life, rice and beans were part of nearly every meal. I eventually noticed the effect this had on my blood glucose and immediately noticed the difference when I dropped the rice. I proceeded to drop many of the other carbs and noticed the difference was even more profound. If you truly like carbs go ahead and eat them, just remember, it is a very dangerous road to walk down, and living with diabetes is a horrible way to live. You will have no one to answer to but yourself, and no "diet guru" is going to give you a shoulder to cry on once you get in trouble for following their advice.