Did you know that measuring your fasting blood glucose can help to show how effective your body is at controlling your blood sugar levels?
🚰 The amount of glucose in your blood after an 8 hour fast (drinking only water) should normally be between 4.0 and 5.4 (mmol/L).
🥦 Fasting blood glucose levels between 5.5 and 6.9 (mmol/L) may indicate prediabetes and a sign that healthier choices around nutrients and timing need to be made.
🍩 Whilst unhealthy food choices are the usual culprit for poor blood sugar management, were you aware that cortisol (our stress hormone) can also cause an increase in blood sugar levels?
🤯 Whilst cortisol is typically associated with chronic stress, it is also involved in prolonged medium to high intensity exercise in order to convert proteins (from muscle) and fats into glucose for the body to use as fuel.
👟 So, as I love running (and I’m a bit of a geek!) I thought it would be a fun experiment to measure how well I am controlling my blood sugar levels.
🧪 I was really excited about my results – 4.8 on Sunday and 4.1 on Thursday!! (It’s important to measure on two different days!) so it seems my healthy diet is paying off – whoop!
💚 If you fancy taking this challenge you can buy a blood glucose monitor online – it’s a quick finger prick test to do when you wake up – let me know how you get on 🤓