In my opinion low carb primal is THE best way for all humans to eat. There are many variations within the “primal meal plan”… you don’t have to eat just as I do, especially if you are NON-diabetics.
Living according to “The Primal Blueprint” is the best way to live in my opinion because it reduces inflammation. It has helped me and many many others improve not only their blood sugar control but it has also improved their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.
Reducing inflammation is THE key to improving our overall health and improving not only your longevity but also the quality of life.
How do we reduce Inflammation?
Meal plan is the primary method for me but by no means the sole method of reducing inflammation. There are other ways including exercising, playing, getting enough sleep, reducing stress and avoiding toxins as much as possible.
How do we know if we are successful in reducing Inflammation?
- C-reactive protein (CRP) – this test measures the amount of CRP in the blood. As inflammation increases, so does the amount of this protein in the bloodstream.
- high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) – tests for the same protein but provides a higher level of testing.
- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate – this test measures the “fall rate” of red blood cells. When inflammation is present, red blood cells tend to clump together, causing them to fall at a higher rate.
- Blood Sugar Level – this will need some explaining. I recommend the tests above to KNOW your level of inflammation. However, being diabetic I can determine when certain events cause me inflammation because my blood glucose level will rise. This is due to more blood glucose (sugar) being added to the blood stream than can be “moved” out by insulin. This is caused by either high levels of glucose being added to the blood stream, not enough insulin being secreted by the pancreas or insulin resistance (or a combination of all three). So many factors can cause blood sugar levels to increase, nailing down exactly what causes fluctuations is difficult at best. However, I do know that many inflammatory “events” do cause a blood sugar level increase for me. They are….
- Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption is inflammatory. Your body must “process” the sugar so it goes through a series of steps to get rid of the excess sugar from your bloodstream. For diabetics, excessive carbohydrate consumption means taking drugs and or insulin (or suffer cell / organ damage). Mark Sisson’s posts here and here describes it much better than I can. :)
- Lack of Sleep is inflammatory and studies show just one sleep deprived night can cause insulin resistance. I have experienced this myself although it typically takes more than one or two nights.
- Stress – I don’t know of a study that shows stress causing an increase in glucose or insulin resistance… but I know it caused my blood sugar to spike last spring. Originally, I thought it was too much protein in my diet but I’ve since ruled that out. (Excess protein can cause a glucose response.)
- Sickness/Illness/Infection – all of these can cause blood sugar to rise…. all are inflammatory, obviously.
- ** If you can think of others please feel free to leave a comment.
Summary : For non-diabetics blood sugar levels would be a poor judge of inflammation since your body does process glucose more efficiently. But for me, a type 2 diabetic, a rise in blood sugar is a warning flag that my inflammation level is rising. Sometimes the cause is obvious and others it is not.
I urge you all to follow a low carb primal meal plan…. and “say no” to the failed American Diabetes Association’s low fat, high fiber, high carb so called “diabetic diet”. It has been a failure for us all.
To start reducing your level of inflammation … it’s as simple as reducing carbohydrates. As noted above, inflammation can occur in many areas of our life and meal plan in but one. Click HERE for my meal plan and click HERE for my favorite diabetic recipes.
Note for Additional Information on Inflammation : This is a link to Dr. Ayers blog “Cooling Inflammation”. He’s a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology … so he knows what he’s talking about. :)