Test for Insulin Resistance at Home

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Last weeks article ran a little long, so I’m going to make it up to you and make this one pretty short.

 

Before we dive into the test, it’s important to note that there are several other markers that can be used to help you and your doctor understand how you may be managing sugar (fasting glucose, cholesterol, cholesterol/triglyceride ratio, insulin, c-peptide, and HA1c). The following test is quick, cheap, and will tell you much more about the way you are currently managing sugar than any single blood test.

 

Disclaimer: Please talk to your doctor before taking this test at home.

 

The test is called the glucose tolerance test and it’s dead simple. All you are really doing is drinking some sugar and charting how your body is managing your blood sugar levels over a 2 hour period. What could be easier than that?

 

What you’ll need

  1. Glucometer - It’s the device diabetics use to monitor their blood sugar. You can get one at the drugstore or Walmart for around $15-20.

  2. 8 test...

13 Ways To Support Your Heart (only unlucky if you don’t read this)

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Unlucky 13?  Nope, the folks that ignore this list are the unlucky ones.  Even if you just pick one or two of these to focus on right now, your heart will thank you.

 

Dark Chocolate

Flavanols in cocoa have been shown to decrease blood pressure, make our blood platelets less sticky, and increase blood flow to the heart and brain.  (enjoy some real dark chocolate… no, not the stuff in your kids Halloween bag)

 

Magnesium

A major study that looked at 7,664 people over 10.5 years found that those with the lowest levels of urinary magnesium were 70% more like to die from heart disease.  Good food sources include: spinich, kale, kelp, almonds, brown rice, flaxseeds, beens, avocado, walnuts, salmon, yogurt, bananas, and dark chocolate.  (get at least 400mg per day)

 

Stress

The mind-body connection is not just some treehugger talk.  Stress has very real effects on our body and body chemistry.  Stress can increase cortisol levels, raise blood pressure, disrupt sleep, and increase insulin resistance.  Did you know that...