@Agaricus Yes, exactly. We would be testing glycemic response to food.
One goal to benefit the community is to determine what foods help keep blood sugar under 140 in order to...
* Prevent nerve damage: According to this article..."University of Utah researchers studied people with painful sensory neuropathy, or nerve damage. They found that participants who had impaired glucose tolerance with glucose levels rising between 140 mg/dl and 200 mg/dl in response to drinking a glucose-rich drink were much more likely to have a diabetic form of neuropathy....The higher these OGTT numbers go, the more nerve damage is found, according to Johns Hopkins Hospital researchers...Glucose can also start killing beta cells at levels below 140. One study found that people with fasting blood glucose from 110–125 (within the official “prediabetic” range) had already lost up to 40% of their beta cell mass.
* Prevent pancreas damage: "....Italian researchers found that even with glucose levels in the supposedly “normal” range, beta cells started to fail. Ruhl says that researchers “found that with every small increase in the 2-hour glucose tolerance test result, there was a corresponding increase in…beta cell failure. The higher a person’s blood sugar rose within ‘normal’ range, the more beta cells were failing.”....Failing beta cells will lead to worsening diabetes, a truly vicious cycle."
* Prevent eye, heart, and kidney damage and strokes: "...Slightly elevated glucose has also been shown to cause eye damage (“retinopathy”) and increased rates of heart disease, kidney damage, and stroke...."
Stable Starting Point: To standardize the data initially - we could start by testing for the first meal of the day (i.e. breakfast). In that way there is 6-8 hours of fasting to "cleanse" the system.
Foods to Try:
Here are a few ideas.
These are all gluten free.
Trutol. Not really a breakfast. It is the official OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test). This is the gold standard for testing glucose tolerance. It is 75 grams of Dextrose (D-Glucose) and tastes awful. Leave it to healthcare to create a drink of pure sugar that tastes terrible. I really don't know how they managed it. Typically it is given to women during pregnancy to test gestational diabetes. I bought a carton and can send you some. We can list normal 1 hour and 2 hour clinical values for people in the spreadsheet. Additionally, we can test versus Kool-Aid, Tang, or soda like Coca Cola (it is equivalent to about 2 Cokes) - and see if the absorption curves are the same. In that way, we can figure out if people can avoid paying the $75+ to buy an entire carton of this beverage travesty.
Soylent. It is advertised as a low glycemic, full meal. I have tried it. My blood sugar curve looked like it almost matched Trutol's curve - but kept my blood sugar up longer. It might not be as good as it seems. In fact anything ground to a powder has so much surface area, it will probably have a high glycemic index.
Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats Oatmeal (gluten free) 1/2 cup + 3 eggs. The thickest cut, lowest glycemic index oatmeal I have yet found. One minute in the microwave to cook. Salted and with eggs it makes "savory oatmeal."
5 eggs (2 with yolk, 3 without) + 3/4 cup blueberries. Blueberries and strawberries reportedly have the lowest glycemic index of any food - but I have yet to test strawberries. Reportedly any fruit where you can't routinely buy choose from it is considered low glycemic index. Some think mangoes might also have a low glycemic index because of the fibre. I am wondering if it will actually turn out to be just like eating candy.
Lunch or Dinner:
Meal kits might be an interesting and easy way to standardize blood sugar trends across a variety of foods and meals.
If you enjoy cooking or have wanted to learn, a simply great service for us has been HomeChef.com. (No financial relationship.)
My upcoming May 25th order includes these three meals:
* Jalapeno Popper-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
* Chicken Chopped Salad
* Shrimp with Tiger Sauce and charred sugar snap peas
My June 5th order has these:
* Crispy Honey-Soy Barramundi (w/ ginger roasted radishes, chayote & Swiss chard)
* Piedmont Chicken Breast (w/ mozzarella, pesto, pesto, and balsalmic reduction caprese salad)
* Pork Chop with Pine Nut & Parmesan Butter
Each meal is ~$20 for two servings. Here's my referral link that I think gives you $30 off: https://www.homechef.com/invite/yrKZ6f489M6n
Standardizing across meal kits would track blood sugars and meals in a way that people really haven't done before.
Theoretically, if enough people did this, the data could help machine learning engines better predict the responses of blood sugar for diabetics. The blood sugar responses could also be interesting to those designing meal kits to adjust the glycemic impact to make them less likely to induce diabetes.