Articles About Glucose

Glucose is the key to the healthiest version of you. Monitoring your glucose with a CGM unlocks real-time windows of opportunity to burn fat. Maintaining stable blood glucose (aka "blood sugar") levels may help you prevent weight gain. Understanding your body's glucose response to the foods you eat can help you make small changes that—in time—add up to big results. Read more about the science behind glucose in the articles below.

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Is Corn Good for Blood Sugar and Weight Loss?

Corn has a reputation for being too sweet and potentially even harmful to health. In reality, the golden kernels have several health benefits that can support stable blood sugar levels and weight loss.

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How to Lower Blood Sugar & Cholesterol

It is not uncommon for people with high blood sugar levels to also have high cholesterol. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on both of these important health markers.

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How Weather Can Affect Metabolic Health

Temperature and weather can affect numerous health conditions, including blood sugar control and chronic pain. Learn how migraines, heart disease, blood pressure, circulation issues, and even insomnia can all be impacted.

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What Factors Affect Blood Sugar Levels?

When people first start to track their blood sugar, they often zero in on decreasing their intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar. While this can help, there are several other factors that could be affecting your blood glucose levels.

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Blood Sugar and Your Immune System

Excess blood sugar negatively affects how infection-fighting cells function. Your hardworking immune system needs good nutrition in order to protect you from an onslaught of infectious agents looking for a weak spot in your defenses.

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Maintaining Stable Blood Sugar Can Help Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure and high blood sugar are a double whammy to your metabolic health that can increase your risk for chronic disease and shorten your lifespan.

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Does Diet Soda Affect Blood Sugar Levels?

Learn how artificial sweeteners affect blood sugar, how diet soda impacts weight gain, and why your body might thank you for avoiding diet soda altogether.

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How Long Does It Take to Lower a Blood Sugar Spike?

A blood sugar spike may happen at some point in your weight loss journey, typically after eating carbs. Your body will respond to bring your glucose levels down to a normal range, but how long will it take?

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Does Aging Change Blood Glucose Levels?

Some people lose the ability to regulate their blood glucose as well as they did when they were younger. Learn about the relationship between aging, glucose levels, and insulin resistance.

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How Your Period Can Affect Blood Sugar Levels

The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones. Like most hormones, estrogen and progesterone have multiple effects on your body - including blood sugar levels.

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How Garlic Can Help Lower Blood Sugar

Garlic lovers rejoice! There is one more reason to love this aromatic herb: current literature suggests both fresh garlic and garlic supplements can lower blood sugar when eaten consistently. Learn how much to eat to harness these benefits.

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Vitamin C and Glucose Monitoring

Vitamin C may decrease the accuracy of glucose monitoring and falsely present high glucose readings. We'll review 2 studies to help you understand whether your CGM data might be affected.

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Should You Take Probiotics to Manage Blood Sugar? 

Living microorganisms called probiotics exist throughout your digestive tract and play a key role in supporting overall health— but can probiotics from food or supplements also help manage blood sugar levels? 

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What Is Cortisol, and Why Does Managing It Matter for Health?

Cortisol has many important functions that help the body respond to stress. But, chronic stress—leading to excess cortisol—makes it more difficult to control blood sugar levels, manage your weight, and maintain optimal health.

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Spices that May Lower Blood Sugar

You’ve already zeroed in on carbs to help control blood sugar—but what about the rest of your pantry? Herbs and spices can help lower blood sugar, too. Julia Zakrzewski, RD, lists her top 6 spices and for blood sugar control.

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How to Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Increasing insulin sensitivity means your cells are able to use blood sugar more effectively, which helps your efforts to lose weight and burn fat.

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Sugar Substitutes That Won’t Raise Blood Sugar

It's easy to get overwhelmed and confused by the many options of sugar substitutes you can buy. Refer this guide when you're looking for the best sugar substitutes for blood sugar.

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Are Nuts Good for Managing Blood Sugar?

It's the middle of the afternoon, you are stressed and hungry but have a major project you have to finish up before you can call it quits. Thinking it will help, you grab an iced coffee or energy drink to help you power through.

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Slow-Digesting Carbs and Blood Sugar Control

If you’re unsure about the type of carbs to eat on a blood sugar friendly diet you are not alone. Julia Zakrzewski, RD, helps us understand slow carbs and if they are a good choice to promote stable blood sugar.

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Can Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar Levels?

Let's take a look at why cinnamon could help lower blood sugar, whether supplements are necessary, and how to safely include more of it in your diet.

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Does Coffee Raise Blood Sugar?

In this article, we'll look at what the research says about coffee and its connection to your blood sugar.

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Are CGMs Accurate?

The use of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) is becoming more widespread in the management of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and in certain instances, as an aid to dietary and lifestyle modification. But how accurate are CGMs?

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Can Seasonal Allergies Spike Blood Sugar?

Danielle Kelvas, MD, discusses how blood sugar levels are affected by seasonal allergies, how to manage blood sugar levels during allergy season, and how our diet can help.

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Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and What You Can Do

Imagine you recently scheduled a physical exam with your healthcare provider and learned that your fasting blood glucose was a little high. The good news is that you don’t have type 2 diabetes, at least not yet, but your doctor is concerned.

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Improve Weight Loss, Sleep, Stress, and Exercise With A CGM

Tracking your glucose levels can help you make better decisions in regards to weight loss, stress, sleep, and exercise.

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How to Control Blood Sugar Spikes After Meals

When you eat a meal with carbs, your blood sugar rises as food breaks down into glucose and is absorbed into your bloodstream. Some carbs will cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, while others are more gradual. Stabilize your glucose with these tips.

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Does Vinegar Lower Blood Glucose Levels? 

Some studies found that consuming vinegar with meals can help prevent blood sugar spikes. Peter Palmieri, MD discusses these along with a Signos experiment below.

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Why Would a Non-Diabetic Want to Track Their Glucose?

Your glucose response can reveal a lot about your metabolic health. Even non-diabetics can track their glucose as a strategy to prevent chronic disease.

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What Should Blood Sugar Be at Bedtime?

What your blood sugar should be at bedtime depends on a few factors. Find out what they are, what may cause your glucose levels to fluctuate at night, and more.

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Drinking Water to Lower Blood Sugar: Does it Work? How Much?

Water can help lower your blood sugar by flushing out excess sugar through your urine. But how much do you need?

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Can Stress Cause High Blood Sugar?

What's the link between stress and blood sugar and when can it become problematic? Find out and what you can do.

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Does Alcohol Raise Blood Sugar?

We have personal glycemic responses, so understanding how alcohol impacts your blood sugar can inform your choices

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How to Improve Impaired Fasting Glucose

Fasting glucose provides a peek at your metabolism; learn what impaired fasting glucose reveals about your health.

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The 7-Day Low Glycemic Diet Plan

Our low-glycemic diet plan helps you navigate nutrient-dense, tasty, real-food eating with a free 1-week meal plan

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Does Stevia Raise Your Blood Sugar?

Stevia doesn’t raise blood sugar, has 0 calories, and tastes pretty good. See how it compares to other sweeteners.

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Low-Glycemic Snacks for Healthy Eating Between Meals

Hangry? These low-glycemic snacks will keep your healthy eating plan on track without spiking your glucose.

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What Is the Low Glycemic Diet?

Find out how a low glycemic diet stabilizes your blood sugar and how low GI carbs can help you manage your weight.

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Beginner’s Guide to the Insulin Resistance Diet

Looking to improve your health? An insulin resistance diet might be the best choice you could make.

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How To Lower Blood Sugar Fast: 11 Natural Ways

Interested in finding out how to lower blood sugar? Learn 11 natural ways to stabilize your glucose levels quickly

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Dawn Effect: Higher Blood Sugar in the Morning

Your body is an incredible machine. When it’s operating how it’s supposed to, it vibes to its own rhythm...

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How to Reverse Insulin Resistance

It may not be top-of-mind sexy, but insulin resistance is a real condition that impacts millions of Americans...

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How to Exercise to Lower Blood Sugar Quickly

One of the best strategies to lower blood sugar (glucose) quickly and keep it more stable for hours...

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Beginner's Guide to Glucose

Our guide to glucose reveals all you need to know about glucose and what it can reveal about your metabolic health