Posted 11/5/2019 8:11 AM (GMT -6)
Yep, worked as expected once again. Way to go!
Also as expected, your sugar, which was not exactly bad to start with, did not drop all that much. But, there is something else of great importance that quite likely improved even more than what you had measured. But unfortunately, they almost never measure it except in studies of diabetics: yes, you guessed it, your blood insulin.
It is the "evil" (even though we die without some minimum amount of it) behind the scenes at work in such large numbers of pre diabetics and those developing metabolic syndrome, both on their way to full blown diabetes. On this journey, in any given year, our blood sugars might not go up a worrisome amount or any at all, but that does not mean we have not gone further down the road to diabetes. It probably just means our bodies have been forced into producing more and more insulin in an attempt to keep the sugar under control. Even as they either consumed more carbs, or they became more insulin resistant, or both, their blood sugar looks OK, nothing to be alarmed about. Unfortunately, the excess insulin(and the body's natural resistance to that excess) has it's own long list of terrible health outcomes associated with it.
Conversely, you can greatly reduce both your absolute fasting insulin number as well as your insulin resistance while showing little effect on your blood sugar. How does that work? Well, if the amount of sugar being consumed is reduced, the amount of insulin the body must produce as it attempts to keep that number at it's preferred 100 or less, is proportionately reduced. Cut sugar down to almost zero, and insulin production drops proportionately. As total insulin produced drops, insulin resistance starts reversing. Simple and consistent. So now, you still have an "OK" blood sugar number(not the best maybe, but could be far worse and probably would be worse without your dietary intervention), but what has changed is you body is no longer having to crank out that insulin to keep the number in the OK region. And it's resistance to the high insulin starts reversing.
Fortunately, some folks consider triglycerides as an indicator of blood insulin. If one goes up, the other goes up, or vice versa. And TGLs consistently rise and fall in proportion to the amount of net sugar/carbs consumed. So most likely you have reduced your blood insulin at least as much percentage as you have your TGLs. Congrats to you!
Keep in mind previously linked studies that showed men with PC with the highest insulin resistance had 3 times worse outcomes, and those that ALSO had the largest waist/hip ratios along with the highest insulin had 8 times worse outcome, however they measured that. Also, in studies attempting to tightly regulate the blood sugars of diabetics by injecting more insulin, though the blood sugar levels improved nicely, the over all health results was much worse, so that they had to stop with increased insulin and just accept the higher blood sugar. So, that fact that you have most likely greatly lowered your blood insulin is far more important than the fact that you have only slightly lowered your sugar. IMO. YAY!