Click here to watch Hyperglycemia: Part 1
Hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose, is the defining feature of uncontrolled diabetes and, if chronic, can lead to long-term complications such as nerve, eye, and kidney damage. Part 2 of this video interview series with Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, the AADE’s 2014 Educator of the Year, addresses effective medical and lifestyle strategies for preventing after-meal blood sugar spikes.
Eight years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of after-meal blood glucose spikes. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls, letters, and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.
Vinegar is a two-cents-per-dose medication. It reliably lowers after-meal and fasting blood sugar in many people. Yet few people with diabetes take it, maybe because we don’t know enough about it. So here’s a quick overview.
Many people (and their doctors) use A1C and fasting blood glucose levels to gauge their diabetes control. But those numbers only tell half the story. To prevent organ damage, we also have to keep glucose from spiking after meals. How can we do that?