Mid April, Jennifer Blance interviewed Heath Coach Amanda to participate in a Brief Editorial Inquiry for Endocrinologist Roundup.
This month’s topic was tips on lowering A1C.
Here is Health Coach Amanda’s answer:
“A1C is the long standing blood test to identify the three-month average of plasma glucose concentration. It lets you know how well you are managing your diabetes.
Therefore consistency is key to lowering your A1C! This is where working with a health coach may be helpful. Each day and with each meal you have the opportunity to change your health for the better!
You can do this by daily improving your diet, and watching your portion size. I would encourage you to have a protein breakfast, rather than a carb loaded breakfast. Do your best to manage your stress level with meditation or yoga. Get a good night’s sleep, as it has been shown a poor night sleep increases the next day’s glucose level. Last but not least exercise daily. A simple 20-30 minute walk is very effective at managing your glucose levels. (And it’s free!)
Purchase a blood glucose monitor and test how you personally react to foods. You need to learn your “carb tolerance”, the amount of carbs your body can handle. Check your blood sugar prior to your meal and record this number. Follow up with a test at 1 hour, 2 hours, and 3 hours after your meal. (Record each number.) You need to recover to your original number (Before eating) by hour 3. You do not want to get higher than 140 after a meal…this is the upper end of the range. Try to achieve 120 or lower. 150+ causes arterial damage. By sticking with lower glycemic foods, you will be controlling your numbers better and causing less inflammation and less damage to your body.
An often overlooked resource would be to have your thyroid and HPA Axis (adrenals) checked, as they may be a culprit in higher sugar numbers. Someone like myself can provide you with a 4 point saliva cortisol test and a full thyroid panel. A full thyroid panel includes TSH, T4, T3, RT3 and the following antibodies TRAb, TPO, TG/TGA, TSI.
Check with your doctor as some medications can raise blood sugar. Some examples could be asthma meds, cold meds, blood pressure meds, and thyroid meds.
After taking a thorough health history, I may also suggest certain herbs and herbal teas to help my clients lower their blood sugar and control their sugar cravings.”
To read the full article click this link: https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/diabetes-experts-share-ways-to-lower-your-a1c-levels/
In March, Health Coach Amanda was part of 28 experts to answer the following questions:
Is diabetes on a decline?
What diabetes diet and management mistakes do you see most people with diabetes make?
What tips would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
To read the full article click this link: http://amandagoodwin.biz/health-coach-amanda-goodwins-interview-on-diabetes-1914-2/