Continuous Glucose Monitoring — The First Four Weeks

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Highest glucose levels when stressed!

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These are cool results. Thanks for posting.

I noticed you cite chris kesser in your article. What do you make of his work?

@Justin_Lawler - Your Blood Glucose was not affected/ did not vary a lot by food consumption or variation in food consumed and maybe some time later when digested?

I think he’s pretty good - not sure I’m onboard with 100% he says but I think he speeks a lot of truth. Especially with things like cholesterol. I’m not a doctor however - so all I can do is cross-check his facts. But he will always link all statements onto sites like PubMed for everything.

He is, of course, a little heavy on the marketing/affiliate links, which can turn people off.

I’d be a bigger fan of Mark Hyman.

What’s your opinion yourself?

@xbliss Depends on the food. Fast carbs hit the blood in minutes. I took a spoonful of honey once and it spiked from 5.5 -> 8.5 within 15 minutes.

Slow carbs take longer. Also if I’m moving about it can be very stable - but then when I sit down, even 2 hours later, it can spike then.

Gonna dig in deeper in a food post later.

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@Justin_Lawler I recall his yelp reviews were pretty bad when I checked about a year ago. Personally, I think he genuinly wants to help but I find a lot of what he posts to be based on small studies. Its not clear to me that he understands deeply the nature of the papers he cites. I defineitly don’t but the few that I do, I didn’t get that feeling. The problem with these small studies, in my opinion, is that they are very underpowered, the placebo effect is greatly underestimated, and there is possibly a large phenotype bias (which could be placebo effect). Overall, I personally don’t look to the writings to help myself.

I see many folks similar to Mr. Kesser promoting these “alternative” or “pop therepies.” From my view, they all follow a similar pattern:

  1. Symptom checklist overlaps with many conditions including anxiety and depression symptoms.
  2. Symptoms are evaluated based on how a person feels. People google when they feel down or anxious so the search is emotion driven. Patients are rarely encouraged to track their emotions daily AND report what their data. Personally, I would start here first.
  3. The “cures” are well defined but impossible to implmentent. For example, gluten is often touted as being a source of anxiety and stomach ailments. I’ve seen websites recommend 60 days of going gluten free and see if their symptoms improve. No mention of actually tracking symptoms (meaning writing them down daily). So you go gluten free for a week and then have a day where you feel down, so you assume you must have had gluten in something. You find nothing and conclude industry uses hidden gluten in their food and then proceed to write your congressman.
  4. Tests or suppliments are recommended.

I think there is a little bit of truth in all of these studies but I really wonder how much is driven by the placebo effect.

My 2 cents.

@IsaacGerg - thanks for this feedback. I’m always interested in hearing the full story. I didn’t know about the small studies. And of course I’m not a medical doctor. Just someone who reads up on this stuff and does self-experiments.

He’s very much trying to fit everything into the ‘paleo’ model alright, and there might be good insights there, but I doubt it can explain everything. And the whole anti-gluten angle has almost totally gone mainstream right now. Again, probably a good deal of truth in it, but Chris is definitely milking it.

For me, I feel much better without gluten. But if I’m eating gluten, I’m also eating starchy foods, sending my blood glucose all over the place. That’s not going to do me any good either.

Interesting response. Should have some Honey and then try different levels of activity…
Walk, Workout etc… and see if the Effort Balances out the extra Glucose?..

Walking really reduces the glucose spikes post meal. Even a standing desk seems to help.

Ben Greenfield talks about doing air squats after a high-carb meal. Might try that also.

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Second post in the series - metabolism & sleep.

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More than anyone else just saying I’d like to see Correlation of “Sugar Stimulus” i.e. Glucose increase visavis “Pre Consumption & Post Consumption” Activity effects on overall curve.

I think it would be interesting to see how the body SPREADS out Energy Intake and Outgive over time.