Blood glucose levels are the best biomarker by which to measure your overall health, simply because of the depth and range of insights that they can offer. Here are some of the things they can help you identify:
- Spikes, crashes and glycemic variability: Finding ways to stabilize them could be the first step towards living a healthier, happier, and easier life. In the long term, frequent spikes and crashes in your blood glucose can even lead to chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease, as well as cognitive decline.
- Your unique reaction to different foods: Everyone is unique and reacts to foods in different ways. Your blood glucose levels reflect the state of your microbiome (the bacteria living in us) and the influence of your genes, fitness level, sleep patterns, stress, and diet on your overall health. This offers you unparalleled insight into the shape your body is in and what you can do to improve it.
- Metabolic flexibility: Knowing how to stabilize your blood glucose allows you to eat in a way that trains your body to be more metabolically flexible, keeping you within your desired weight range.
- Metabolic dysfunction: Not having access to readily available biomarkers by which to measure your overall health has meant that in the past, it’s often been impossible to spot the onset of metabolic dysfunction before insulin resistance develops, which means it’s too late. Insulin resistance, for example, is one thing that could take 10 years to show up in a blood test, but that you can already catch by monitoring your blood glucose regularly. Making the right changes to your diet and lifestyle can be crucial to preventing the onset of pre-diabetes and other chronic conditions.