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Do You Know Your Blood Sugar?

Do you know your blood sugar? Knowing how your body responds to a particular food, meal, activity, or even thought can be one of the most valuable skills you’ll ever learn. Measuring your blood glucose will give you this feedback, and it’s really easy to learn and do.

Most people think measuring blood sugar is only for diabetics. Let’s change that belief! Juts like you know your blood pressure or cholesterol, I recommend my clients track their blood sugar and I even have a chart for them to complete to track the levels.

All you need is an inexpensive glucose meter (approximately $10 – $20 at most US discount pharmacy chains). The replacement strips can be pricey, so before you decide which meter to buy, check out the price of the strips. Walmart sells a glucometer for $10 and strips for $17.

Directions for Measuring Blood Sugar (Estimated time, start to finish: Less than 2 minutes)

  1. Wash your hands. Invisible debris on your fingers can result in erroneous readings.
  2. Avoid the use of alcohol hand cleaners/sanitizers, especially if you’re checking regularly. It can dry your fingers and cause calluses.
  3. Rinse your fingers under warm water to increase blood flow to the area.
  4. Prepare your supplies.
  • Spring-loaded device with sterile lancet for sticking your finger
  • Glucometer
  • Test strips
  • Tissue paper or cotton ball for blotting blood
  1. Choose a location to get a blood sample. Rotate areas to prevent calluses.
  • Fingers near your nails
  • Between the first and second joints of any finger
  • Fleshy pads of your fingertips
  1. Collect blood sample    a.  Cock the spring-loaded device and prick any finger. Follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer.b. Gently squeeze your finger. Avoid using a pumping action. c. Touch the blood to the test strip.
  2.  Obtain the glucose reading. a. The Glucometer will blink or count down once the blood has been absorbed by the strip. b. Record the number from the Glucometer on your form.
  3.  Cleanup. a. Discard used lancet. b. Discard any blood-soaked tissues or cotton balls by flushing down the toilet to prevent contaminating any others with your blood.

 

What Is Genomic Testing?

Genomic testing is becoming more and more popular. Let’s look at what it is.

You are born with your genes, many of which contain small errors called SNPs (pronounced “snips”) that can predispose you to certain health conditions or affect how your body processes medications.

Unlike single gene mutations that cause inherited genetic diseases, gene SNPs don’t act alone; they can interact with one another, the environment, and a person’s dietary and lifestyle choices to create health or disease. While we can’t change our genes, we can change the environment we put them in and make healthier lifestyle choices. Therein lies the power of genomics.

Genomic testing identifies gene SNPs and then enables personalized evidenced-based health interventions.

One example is pharmacogenomics–a new branch of medicine that identifies gene SNPs and how they affect a person’s ability to metabolize a prescribed drug or over-the-counter medication. For a clinician or healthcare professional, genomic testing can help determine what medication(s) are most effective and have minimal risk of adverse effects. Each person can then get the right drug, at the correct dose, delivered at the right time.

Genomic testing can also guide individualized dietary and lifestyle strategies in the prevention and treatment of many common chronic diseases. The results of these tests can help tailor specific nutritional and lifestyle choices to improve health outcomes for individuals with a wide range of chronic illnesses—including obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and emotional disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety).

This branch of personalized medicine is nutritional genomics – also known as nutrigenomics – and focuses on how food and lifestyle can “talk” to a person’s genes. Genomic test results help a clinician recommend the right foods, the right amount of nutrients, and the right lifestyle choices to create a healthier food-gene conversation, and more efficiently manage, reduce, or even prevent disease.

These DNA-directed disease prevention and treatment strategies have created a revolution in healthcare– not only improving health outcomes but also saving healthcare resources for companies.

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