It is important to be tested in a number of ways prior to starting the diet. These tests are in addition to those that we have recommended you can do yourself. Your test results will give you a baseline assessment of overall body function focusing on liver health as well as blood sugar levels. Other illnesses or issues raised from these results may mean that you will require further treatment from your doctor or may have to alter the diet you undertake.
Are you ready to be tested?
Looking at yourself in light of your test results can be confronting – they will clearly indicate the extent of your diabetes, or the amount of fat you have in your body and liver. Your results may also force you to fully appreciate the extent to which diabetes can cause serious health complications, when left untreated.
It is critically important to embrace your test results – “bad” results will be a compelling motivator for change. And it’s just as important to have your tests repeated at the end of your Blood Sugar Diet program – seeing how much you’ve changed is deeply rewarding and a powerful tool aiding your life long change.
Getting the support you need
The majority of tests we recommend can be undertaken by your usual GP. In fact we urge you to seek the support of your GP as they best understand your overall health and will support all your health needs. Keep reading to learn about the blood tests we recommend for you, in addition to the DEXA scan that we can help to arrange.
What’s going on inside – getting your blood tested
A blood test is a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample. They provide critical information that supports health care strategies. Recommended tests prior to and at the conclusion of The Blood Sugar Diet are:
Fasting Sugars – to measure the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood after fasting for at least 8 hours.
HbA1c – to measure glycated haemoglobin and get an overall picture of what your average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks / months.
LFTs – Liver function tests assess the general state of the liver or biliary system which can be an indicator of fat build up in the liver – reducing fatty liver is an important goal of The Blood Sugar Diet.
Lipids – This is a test looking at the Cholesterol in your blood. Although less important than your blood sugar, this test will give you an idea of other risk factors that you may have for diseases such as heart disease.
U&Es – This test measures the salts in your blood and is an indicator of how your kidneys are functioning. Diabetes is a major cause of kidney problems and so assessing the state of your kidneys is very useful prior to starting the diet.
Full Blood Count – This looks at your blood levels for various parts of the blood make up. Checking that these are all within the normal range before starting the diet is recommended.
Thyroid Function Tests – The Thyroid is a gland that sits in front of the neck and helps to control metabolism. If this is not functioning it may mean that you feel more tired and put on weight. It is recommended to check your Thyroid prior to starting a diet program to ensure that current Thyroid function is not the cause of your weight gain or other metabolic symptoms.
Speak to your usual doctor to arrange these simple blood tests.