Ep. 034 – Fasting Blood Glucose: Know Your Numbers

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 034 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

In Episode 034, Dr. Trayford talks about what happens to our blood glucose levels when we are fasting. It makes sense that we need to be aware of the effects that eating or not eating have on our blood sugar. Our blood glucose numbers affect not just our brain, but many other systems of the body.

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Today’s topic number 34 is under the category of diagnostic testing and we’re going to look at various tests and numbers over the course of time that can help you push your brain in the right direction. But key numbers like this that you need to know to have a healthy brain and also to train a brain. You can’t train a brain a brain if your blood sugar levels are not good.

So that’s for today topic is Fasting Blood Glucose. Know your numbers, you need to know your numbers It’s a very simple number and there’s a lot of controversy in the area of fasting blood glucose now it’s the standard blood sugar test people get with every routine blood work that they have.

You know you look at the blood chemistry and it says glucose right at the top and you’ll see ranges that typically should be no more than 100. It’s measured in milligrams per deciliter so mg/dl. But basically number is 100, you don’t want to be over 100. If it is there’s indications you might be having blood sugar handling problems.

But it really is kind of a canary in the coal mine if you will. It’s not the most accurate marker because it’s a really quick snapshot in time. There are more valid, reliable long-term blood sugar markers that we’ll talk about as time goes on.

But fasting blood glucose is a great place to start. Glucose is also what folks measure when they have type 2 diabetes. You know they do those little finger sticks through the day, before and after they eat to see what their blood sugar levels are at.

We should have certain levels before we eat and certain levels after we eat. We need to know what our numbers are. And these are generally pretty solid numbers where most of the population should fall within a certain range. So the bottom line, is normal sugar levels are typically less than 100 after fasting.

That’s typically for eight hours or more and usually about under 140 or so are what we call postprandial, that’s about two hours after eating. So these again are good solid number to let us know how your blood sugar is being handled and more importantly how your brain is working, because our brain relies on a constant source of sugar to be able to function appropriately.

Our brain cannot store sugar; therefore it needs a steady supply. If blood sugar is too low or too high, there will be consequences. And that about sums it up for today. I just want you know about fasting blood glucose and look at those numbers when you get your blood work.

Jason: Mmm hmm…

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about that.

Jason: Yeah I can tell ya that Dr. Trayford if sugar’s too low in my system, there are consequences around here.

Yes and your wife will verify that.

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