How does the blood glucose level affect COVID-19?

How does the blood glucose level affect COVID-19?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  A huge amount of research has been produced on the COVID 19. It is so much that it is impossible for someone to read all of it. That’s why researchers in Switzerland implemented the use of artificial intelligence to access relevant information from a huge number of studies. The...
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The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Oxidative stress is directly proportional to the increase in glucose after a meal. This increase in free radicals acutely triggers inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, hypercoagulability ( risk for blood clots), and a cascade of other atherogenic changes (O’Keefe GH, Bell DSH, 2007). The endothelium is the inner lining of the...
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Do all types of fat have the same effect on insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to transfer the blood glucose into the cells?

Do all types of fat have the same effect on insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to transfer the blood glucose into the cells?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  This research evaluated the effect of ingesting either monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, or water as a control on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and insulin clearance in seven overweight or obese, non-diabetic participants (Xiao C, et al., 2006). Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, walnuts are...
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How does a ketogenic diet affect blood glucose levels and the glucose transport into the cells, and how does it affect blood vessels and other tissue?

How does a ketogenic diet affect blood glucose levels and the glucose transport into the cells, and how does it affect blood vessels and other tissue?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Fat is not metabolized to glucose and does not require insulin to be metabolized. Instead, a ketogenic diet (high fat diet) provides energy from ketones. Eating only fat will for that reason not increase the blood glucose level. That may sound good but let us look at what happens....
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How many meals per day are most effective for keeping your blood glucose levels low?

How many meals per day are most effective for keeping your blood glucose levels low?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Elevated blood glucose levels cause tissue damage and increase inflammation. You don’t have to have diabetes to see the damaging effects of high blood glucose levels after a meal. Your body may be able to maintain fasting blood glucose within a normal range for a while even if you...
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How important is physical activity for glucose control?

How important is physical activity for glucose control?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  We know that physical activity helps to transfer blood glucose into the cells, but you may be surprised what a difference it can make. The following research investigated that more in detail (Burns AM, et al., 2021).   The participants were 10 healthy 24-year-old men. Forearm glucose uptake was...
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Recent research indicates that high blood glucose is an important risk factor for dying from the coronavirus.

Recent research indicates that high blood glucose is an important risk factor for dying from the coronavirus.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  This study included non-critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (Carrasco-Sánchez F, et al., 2021). 11,312 patients were categorized into three groups according to their blood glucose levels: Less than 140 mg/dL, between 140-180 mg/dL and more than 180 mg/dL. Only 2128 of these patients had diabetes. This is what...
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