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Friday, December 19, 2014

After Starchy Meal Glucose Spikes!

Thought I would do a short post on two different approaches to the identical problem for Type 2 Diabetics and those practicing eating to possibly soon become Type 2 diabetics. The problem is most of us consume too much food in general and exercise too little and end up with obesity which results in higher cancer risk, damages your heart health and can lead to heart attacks, and metabolic syndrome resulting in abdominal fat, high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipid profiles, insulin resistance and INFLAMMATION.

Dietary starch including bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and YES even whole grain bread and brown rice can contribute to after dinner (or any starchy meal) sugar spikes to your system.

Here are two pathways, or approaches to fighting this outcome:

1) Prescription Drug Invokana (canagliflozin)

How does it work? It works through your kidneys to help re-route some of the sugar into your urine.

It comes with some serious possible side effects: (PARTIAL LIST)

  • Dehydration (the loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure (including diuretics [water pills]), are on a low sodium (salt) diet, have kidney problems, or are 65 years of age or older
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take INVOKANA® may get vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms include: vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching
  • Yeast infection of the penis (balanitis or balanoposthitis). Men who take INVOKANA® may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis. Symptoms include: redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash of the penis; foul-smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around penis
  • Before you take INVOKANA®, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, liver problems, are on a low sodium (salt) diet, ever had an allergic reaction to INVOKANA®, or have other medical conditions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if INVOKANA® will harm your unborn baby. It is also not known if INVOKANA®passes into your breast milk.
  • Can Be various interactions with existing prescription drugs and/or natural supplements
  • Possible Side Effects of INVOKANA®
    INVOKANA® may cause serious side effects, including: kidney problems, a high amount of potassium in your blood 
  • (hyperkalemia), or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take INVOKANA® with another medicine that can cause low
  •  blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea
  •  medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while you take INVOKANA®.
  • Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include: headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability
  • , hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, or feeling jittery.



2.Natural supplement From Life Extension folks called Clycemic Pro Transglucosidase  / comes in 60 cap bottle / take (1) with a heavy starchy meal / cost is $37.50 per bottle if ordering (4) at a time which should last 8 months if you only eat one starchy meal a day


It does so by converting dietary starch into a beneficial indigestible prebiotic fiber thereby lowering after dinner sugar spikes and helping control your A1C


God Bless,


"It's never too late to be what you might have been" George Eliot

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