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STOP TAKING FASTING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

Most diabetics are told to check their blood sugar levels when they first get up in the morning and before they eat. Recent research shows that it is far more important to check blood sugar levels 20 minutes after eating.

Blood sugar levels rise after eating. If they rise too high, sugar sticks to cells and is converted to poison called sorbitol that destroys that cell to cause blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage and impotence. Since the maximum rise in blood sugar determines the amount of cell damage, the most important time to measure sugar is 20 minutes after you eat. Doctors have other tests that measure how much sugar sticks to cells . HBA1C tells you how out-of-control your diet has been for the last 12 weeks, while fructosamine tells you how out-of-control your diet has been for the last two weeks. See report #D222.

1) Controlling postprandial hyperglycemia. American Journal of Cardiology, 2001, Vol 88, Iss 6A, Sp. Iss. SI, pp 26H-31H.

2) Postprandial hyperglycemia: Implications for practice. American Journal of Cardiology, 2001, Vol 88, Iss 6A, Sp. Iss. SI, pp 32H-36H.BR Zimmerman.

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May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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