Time of Check
Goal plasma blood glucose rangesfor people without diabetes
Goal plasma blood glucose ranges for people with diabetes
Before breakfast (fasting)
90 - 130
Before lunch, supper and snack
Two hours after meals
110 - 150
A1C (also called glycosylated hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c or glycohemoglobin A1c)
I am really laughing-this time.
I'm going to share a secret with you- PhD really stands for PILED HIGH and DEEP! My thesis advisor always told us that he'd sign off on our research when he got tired of us - my experience was that once you started to think that you knew more about your topic than he did, and were willing to debate him publically, he'd start to make noises about how his funding was getting low and maybe you should think about assembling your committee to petition for a defense date.
The hardest part is getting high enough test scores on the GRE's to get admitted- then it's just a matter of perseverance-
I'm going to ramp down on the carbs slowly and see how I function- I know there are people who live the Bernstein lifestyle and I don't plan to go that low- but I do find the idea interesting and the lower carbs might give my pancreas a little rest. I'm already exercising about 90 minutes a day and don't have the ambition to do more right now- maybe when it's warm and I can go outside- but I'm intrigued by the idea that if I drop my carbs a bit lower, maybe I can get off the metformin and just control with diet and exercise.
I didn't see the NOVA show- but those mouse studies were done a few years back and there is a whole contigent of people who eat very low calorie around- there's a bunch of web-sites and forums dedicated to the topic.
Of course, you never know how mouse studies will translate to people long term- and how do you draw the line between very low cal and undernourished? Rat and mouse chow is scientifically balanced to meet the nutritional needs of the animals- they eat better than most of their keepers - it's required by law and university policy. You get a lot of rules when you want to experiment on animals- how to transport them from the colony to your lab, how they can be treated in the lab- you have to be certified to handle the animal, draw blood, give injections, perform surgery etc. EVery bit of your protocol has to be reviewed and approved by the ethics committee and vets are always popping into the lab to see that you are following the rules- if not- they fine you and shut you down.
If lack of calories is the key to good health and longevity, then most of the world should be living into their 100's. In countries where nutrition is an issue, the populations doesn't have a long lifespan overall. We are beginning to understand the consequences of being overfed, and my guess is that being underfed will have it's long term consequences too, just like being undernourished does. Wehn the oldest members of the population are interviewed for their secrets- they never mention undereating- but they do mention exercise and eating in moderation- a lot.
Your friend sounds healthy- so she must get a good amount of nutrients- and some people can sustain low weights. Not me- I'm a true endomorph - by every criteria. The best I can hope for is achieving a normal BMI- and good control of my BG, BP and lipids.