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High Glucose Levels Will Make You Age Faster

July 8, 2021
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Having better control of your blood glucose levels is critical to maintaining a healthier, perhaps even younger appearance over time, Registered Dietitian Kara Collier suggested in a recent appearance on the Keto Kamp podcast.

We’ve talked a lot in this space about how the glucose levels in your body have a direct relationship with food, exercise, stress, and sleep. On this blog, we’ve seen how glucose levels impact depression and anxiety as well as stress. Today, we’ll see how high glucose levels can affect how rapidly we age over time.

It might seem strange at first, but considering there is already a well-established link between stress and aging, it starts to make sense. Glucose really is at the center of how our bodies maintain themselves. If anything, it’s just another reason why having a continuous glucose monitor on hand is invaluable for wellness enthusiasts.

There’s a ton of more detailed information in Kara Gollier’s appearance on the Keto Kamp Podcast. Let’s talk about more ways a CGM can help you achieve your health ambitions.

In This Episode

  • Why Kara Got Involved In The CGM Industry [02:15
  • What You Need To Know Before Getting A CGM [06:35]
  • What Should Your Blood Glucose Levels Be? [10:45]
  • Measuring Glucose Levels After Exercise [15:00]
  • How Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Cortisol Levels to Surge [20:35]
  • What Happens When You Break A Fast With A High Carbohydrate Meal [24:30]
  • Going for a Walk After Eating a Meal [26:40]
  • Other Biohacks You Can Do To Decrease Glucose Levels [28:30]
  • What You Can Do About the Dawn Phenomenon [33:30]
  • What To Expect When Working With NutriSense [45:25]

Breaking It Down

In addition to the relationship between high glucose levels and aging, Kara and Keto Kamp podcast host Ben Azadi discussed a number of other items typically brought up in the wellness community. 

For starters, Kara discussed how CGMs can be helpful for everyone -- not just those living with diabetes or prediabetes. Obviously, people with those conditions should be using a CGM, but there are broader benefits for anyone who uses it.

Other topics included the proper method of fasting, what foods should be consumed afterward, the impact of sleep deprivation on cortisol levels, walking after a meal, and a number of others.

CGMs Should be Much More Accessible

As medical devices, doctors can only provide continuous glucose monitors after writing a prescription. Unfortunately, most doctors will only write prescriptions for people with diabetes on insulin therapy. 

Kara cautions that the chances of people without diabetes who want to live a healthier lifestyle have a very slim chance of getting a CGM from a doctor. Considering how informative the devices are, this is certainly not ideal. 

What Should my Glucose Rating be?

Controlling your glucose levels isn’t as simple as keeping it low. There are times when we need that energy, and other times when we don’t -- such as fasting.

“If you’re googling ‘what’s a healthy fasting glucose?’ it will probably tell you 70 to 100. But there is a lot of research that indicates when we get to that 90 to 100 range, we’re starting to see some increased risks,” Kara said. “So, we really want to shoot for 70 to 90 most of the time.”

Kara went on to say that glucose levels should return back to baseline levels two hours after enjoying a meal. She recommends that CGM users check their levels after they eat, and aim to see a number at 140 or less.

Ultimately, your ideal glucose level depends on what you’re doing at that moment. High intensity exercise, for example, demands more energy from your body. This is why glucose levels tend to spike during strenuous activity -- and level off quickly afterwards. As Kara explains, the body not only needs that energy -- it’s using it immediately. Drinking a soda and sitting on the couch, on the other hand, is causing your body to quickly acquire energy and not use it.

Why Does Sleeping Matter for Your Glucose Levels?

“Sleep is something we really have to pay attention to, and this is really eye-opening for a lot of people,” Kara said. “[There’s] actually a bi-direcitonal relationship where poor glucose going into the night can affect your quality of sleep. Also a bad night of sleep is definitely going to affect your glucose values the next day.”

Having elevated glucose before going to sleep can be caused by a late night meal, drinking, or even having a stressful argument with someone before calling it a night. 

“Your body is in this conflicted state of ‘should I be metabolizing and processing this food, or should I be working on sleep and rest and repair?’ We’re not great at doing both of those at the same time,” Kara added.

This can be mitigated by cutting back on late night snacks and taking steps to de-stress before the end of the day.

What is the Best Way to Break a Fast?

Fasting is an approach many wellness enthusiasts use to better manage their blood sugar levels. As Kara notes in the podcasts, many NutriSense subscribers will do regular fasts to offset regular spikes. However, this isn’t as simple as forgoing meals for an extended period and then going all out after that time expires. In fact, this is about the opposite of what you want to do. Meals that are high in carbohydrates, for example, can ruin whatever gains you had from fasting.

“It’s probably the worst time to have that type of meal,” Kara said. “You really have just undone everything you did. I have seen it multiple times where somebody does a three-day fast, breaks it with a cheeseburger and french fries and soda, and sees glucose levels higher than they’ve ever been for two days straight. It takes a long time for them to come back to normal.”

Kara goes on to explain how the same phenomenon can be seen during daily fasts, just to a lesser extent. Fasts should instead be broken with lighter meals focused on protein, which will cause your glucose levels to be much more regulated.

Key Takeaway

Having control over your glucose values will have profound effects on your overall longevity. Even if you know the tips and tricks, however, this is far easier to achieve when you can actually get a reading of these values in real time. This is the benefit of a continuous glucose monitor, which NutriSense supplies. 

For anyone curious about getting started on a wellness journey with a CGM -- or even those who are using it already, it’s definitely worth your time to give the podcast a full listen. You can get the full episode here.

We also invite you to learn more about the NutriSense Continuous Glucose Monitoring Health Program, which makes this journey both affordable and easy to understand.

Engage with Your Blood Glucose Levels with Nutrisense

Your blood sugar levels can significantly impact how your body feels and functions. That’s why stable blood glucose levels can be an important factor in supporting overall wellbeing.

With Nutrisense, you’ll be able to track your blood glucose levels over time using a CGM, so you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy living.

When you join the program, our team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists are available for additional support and guidance to help you reach your goals.

Ready to take the first step? Start with our quiz to see how Nutrisense can support your health.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes
The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes are similar in usage, but pretty distinct in taste, texture, appearance, and even nutritional content! Read on to find out more about each one.

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The Health Benefits of Living With Pets
The Health Benefits of Living With Pets

Did you know that living with a pet can do more than just put a smile on your face? Read on to learn all the ways living with pets improves your wellbeing.

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The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices
The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to dishes, and also have a range of health benefits. Learn more about a few of our favorites.

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The Health Benefits of Beans
The Health Benefits of Beans

Learn about the health benefits of beans and how they can help you live a healthier, longer life.

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The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?
The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?

Review our guide to metabolic diets to help get a better understanding of what they are and whether they might be right for you.

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The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa
The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa

Learn about the traditions and nutrient-dense food commonly enjoyed during Kwanzaa. 

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The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection
The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection

Have you ever wondered how your glucose levels might be connected to joint pain? We'll take a deep dive into this connection and share tips for reducing pain.

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The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia
The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia

This article explores hypoglycemia in non-diabetics, how to manage symptoms through diet, and the advantages of glucose monitoring.

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The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels
The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels

Take a look at how aging can affect your blood glucose levels.

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The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Read on to learn more about vitamin D-rich foods and what you should include in your diet to make the most of this vitamin’s health benefits.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet
The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet

In this article, we break down what a low FODMAP diet looks like for beginners, and its potential benefits and drawbacks for gastrointestinal health.

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The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis
The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis

When it comes to bone health, good nutrition is absolutely critical. Read on to learn what osteoporosis is and why some foods may increase your risk of or worsen the condition.

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Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care
Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care

Mental health has a significant impact on your overall health; here are tips, tools, and apps to improve your mental wellbeing.

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Tea, Blood Sugar Levels and Your Health
Tea, Blood Sugar Levels and Your Health

Different types of tea have different benefits for your health. Learn more about a few popular types, and see how tea can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

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Summer Soup Recipes: An Expert Weighs in on 13 Healthy Soup Options
Summer Soup Recipes: An Expert Weighs in on 13 Healthy Soup Options

To help you make the most of the warmer weather, we asked Carlee Hayes, RDN, CD, and Nutrition Manager here at NutriSense, to share a few of her favorite summer soup recipes.