Glucose management is important for many aspects of health. For those hoping to increase healthspan by following a low calorie diet, keeping glucose at healthful low levels is essential. Low blood glucose levels activate longevity genes. For the 20 million with diabetes and 70 million with prediabetes in the U.S. and the millions more worldwide, good glucose management offers hope for reduced risk of complications and in some cases, the possibility of reversing their disease.1, 2, 3
Yet the nuances of maintaining glucose at healthful levels are often misunderstood. In fact, top diabetes websites often offer dangerous food and recipe suggestions – likely to send glucose levels upwards rapidly, even in people without diabetes.
So LivingTheCRWay.com developed the CR Way to Great Glucose Control, a glucose management program presented as an adult education course with a five-part e-workbook (distributed via download), four interactive webinars, meal/lifestyle plans. These plans include innovative glucose management guidance – e.g., fasting and postprandial glucose goals and food, cooking, and recipe suggestions for those with and without diabetes. Ongoing dialogue in the Diabetes & Glucose Control Forum on LivingTheCRWay.com provides ongoing support and motivation to succeed.
- Introduction to the dangers of excessively high glucose and the benefits of glucose control
- Orientation to what good glucose control really means and action steps to achieving it
- Emphasis of the importance of a thorough physical exam and an ongoing relationship with a doctor: Testing to include fasting CBC, metabolic panel, insulin, HbA1c, T3, HsCRP, IGF-I, IGFBP1; glucose monitoring (postprandial, as well as fasting), and personal genome analysis.
Once the basics are understood, we introduce food choices and preparation methods for controlling glucose. Several meal plans for those with and without diabetes are presented. This gives the participants the opportunity to pick and choose what fits their goals and level of glucose management. All participants are encouraged to track their glucose levels so they have a true understanding of how well they are managing their blood glucose.
After only one week, most participants will understand how their meals and other lifestyle practices affect their glucose levels and what they can do to keep them under control. They are likely to experience lower blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, T3, hsCRP, fasting insulin, etc., and a big increase in energy.
Participants can opt to use CR Way dietary software, with unique glucose-tracking functions that time-stamp carbohydrate intake and exercise so users can easily chart their glucose levels, as well as diet and other lifestyle factors that affect levels of blood glucose.
Some studies have shown that extreme calorie restriction can reverse type 2 diabetes:
Prolonged caloric restriction in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus decreases myocardial triglyceride content and improves myocardial function.
Hammer S, et al. Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Sep 16;52(12):1006-12.
Lim EL, Hollingsworth KG, Aribisala BS, Chen MJ, Mathers JC, Taylor R.
Diabetologia, June 2011
However, in neither case did the study protocols include follow-up plans to help the participants make the transition from very low calories to sustainable dieting. The CR Way to Great Glucose Control is a physician-monitored plan that is less austere, increases levels of neurotransmitters that affect dietary management – so participants are unlikely to binge, and provides a smooth, holistic transition to a delicious, manageable approach a new relation to food.
By taking part in this program, participants will learn a number of skills and techniques to manage glucose effectively. After completing the program, participants can expect to be able to do the following:
Establish manageable standards for their own effective glucose management
- Monitor fasting and postprandial glucose levels
- Integrate glucose management into their lifestyle
- Understand and enjoy reduced-calorie intake and a low-GI diet, customized for their individual needs
- Use meditation and/or other stress relief practices to avoid dangerous glucose spikes
- Be able to reset the memory of pancreatic β-cells to lower fasting glucose levels.
- Use glucose management to
- Increase serotonin levels
- Make a diet for weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain more effective
- Decrease the likelihood of disease
This forum post from a LivingTheCRWay member exemplifies the benefits of the program:
“The Great Glucose Control eBook has been invaluable to me. More than just basic meal planning or a simple diet designer, this book has given me a framework and foundation for how to live healthier. When you really understand how the biology works and what you are doing to your body with your food choices, then you can begin to truly control your blood glucose (and your underlying health).” – C Conwell, 10 Oct. 2013
1. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. New England Journal of Medicine. 1993 Sep 30;329(14):977-86.
2. American Diabetes Association: LIVING WITH DIABETES, Tight Diabetes Control, What does tight control mean? © 1995-2011 Accessible at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/tight-diabetes-control.html, accessed Jan. 19, 2012