Elevated Glucose Level Diagnosis – Now What To Do?

After finally getting long over-due physical, I received a diagnosis. I have an elevated glucose level, as well as, elevated lipids. I know I should’ve gone way before now. My only excuse is waiting for my husband to get settled with a job. Although, we still had health insurance throughout his search. Probably my bigger one was procrastination.

Elevated Glucose Level Diagnosis

Elevated glucose level diagnosis now what?

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Upon hearing a diagnosis of elevated lipid and glucose levels, I immediately went into action. I starting cutting out sugars and unhealthy carbohydrates. Basically, I went back to my Paleo way of eating, but much more diligent.

My sister and brother-in-law change their diet to Paleo about a year ago. After several months of telling me all the benefits, I started to change my diet too this past Spring. As much as I enjoyed the 9 pounds of weight loss, I had a hard time relinquishing all of my unhealthy favorites.

By Summer, I was back to my old way of eating, although I did start including daily exercise. Once again, my sister challenged me to walk 10,000 steps a day. By July and August I started to become much more consistent, but I found I was exhausted for the rest of the day. After some digging around as to the reasons this could be occurring, I came to the conclusion I was over-doing it. I went from 0 -> 100 mph in a day.

By mid-August, I stopped my morning exercise. When I started up again a couple of weeks later, I cut my walking time in half. This really helped. I went from walking 3.8 miles in an hour, to 2 miles in 34 minutes. Although, I still felt that if I sat down too long, I’d fall asleep.

Someone suggested I have my B12 checked. Since it had been quite some time since I had a physical, I decided to do the whole work-up.

The results coming back with an elevated lipid level didn’t surprise me too much since it does run in the family, and I had issues with it in the past. What did surprise me was how high not only my cholesterol level was, but also my triglycerides and glucose. It is a sure sign that my system isn’t processing sugar very well at all. For now, I am tweaking what I can through diet and exercise. However, I will be retested in January 2018.

My Diet & Exercise Change

Elevated glucose level diagnosis, what changes need to be made?

What’s interesting with eating a Paleo Diet is that it has really reduced my craving for sugar. In fact, one of my favorite all time treats is ice cream. My husband decided to take us all out for Dairy Queen, where I ordered my favorite Blizzard. However, a quarter of the way through, I couldn’t eat any more. It was too sweet! What?! I ended up putting it in the freezer for my kids to have later.

Since instituting the changes in my diet, I have been keeping a food diary using the App MyFitnessPal. This app is super easy to use. It already has an extremely large food diary, but you can also scan in the barcode on the food item to input all the necessary information too.

Elevated glucose level diagnosis, what changes need to be made?

For exercise, I am continuing with my walking and daily activity of at least 60-minutes a day. I track all this through my Samsung Gear Fit 2. There are many benefits to wearing the Gear Fit 2, not only does it keep my motivated and accountable, but there are also monthly challenges to join. Also, you can challenge friends and family who also have the same wearable technology.

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In future posts, I will be sharing some of the recipes I’m using for meals! The one thing with Paleo, you definitely have to plan ahead.

 

 


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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 14-year-old daughter, 9-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life, and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

I have had a true passion for Stampin' Up! ever since I was introduced to this company in 2000. I hope to share that passion with you. I also enjoy topics on parenting and home organization. ❤

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