REVEALED: Blood sugar matters even if you’re NOT diabetic
Blood tests are some of the fastest, cheapest and easiest ways to take a peek at your health and the risks you’re facing.
Too bad most docs rely on all the wrong ones!
They’ll obsess over cholesterol tests -- but unless you’ve got diabetes, they’ll practically ignore your blood sugar.
It should be the other way around.
Cholesterol isn’t nearly as important a health indicator as most mainstream doctors think. But blood sugar? That’s absolutely critical -- even if you’re not a diabetic.
Now, the feds are finally urging doctors to do exactly what I’ve done for years here at the Stengler Center, and that’s pay closer attention to blood sugar levels in patients without diabetes.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is calling on doctors to give regular blood sugar checks to everyone between the ages of 40 and 70 who is overweight or obese.
I go a step further and test blood sugar for all my patients, not just those who are overweight, because rising levels are a reliable indicator of your risk for chronic disease.
And diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg.
Several studies, for example, have found that high blood sugar levels can increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While the risk is highest in diabetics, even non-diabetics with slightly elevated blood sugar face a higher risk of dementia.
One study even found that seemingly healthy seniors with slightly higher than normal blood sugar levels -- levels most doctors will ignore -- do worse on memory tests even when they’re not overweight and have no other major risk factors for chronic disease.
So whether you have diabetes or not, keep an eye on those blood sugar levels -- and if your doctor doesn’t routinely check your levels since you’re not diabetic, insist on having the test done anyway.
Most doctors will tell you to keep blood sugar below 100, but will be happy with anything under 110. Some will even give you a little more leeway.
All of them are wrong.
Keep it below 90, and the best way to get the job done is with a diet low in sugar -- even natural sugars -- and with minimal refined carbohydrates of any kind.