Your blood glucose levels can determine whether you have or are at risk for developing diabetes, a condition in which your body no longer effectively processes and absorbs glucose from the bloodstream. Two to 3 hours after eating a meal, blood glucose levels typically fall to normal fasting levels. Also from Jenny’s site, she posted this study fascinating study about non-diabetic blood sugar levels. Lastly,  looking at the next graph (below), it shows the same information in a different way.
Testing the blood sugar levels after eating is another way of checking if you have taking proper care for your diabetes. Glucose is your body’s premium grade fuel and almost all of it is derived from dietary carbohydrate. Now contrast this with the same amount of carbohydrate consumed in the form of a drink sweetened with glucose syrup. Since glucose is such an important molecule in energy metabolism, it would be surprising if our bodies didn’t have precise mechanisms for controlling its flow around the body, as indeed they do. Blood glucose levels are controlled by hormones, which stimulate hunger pangs and the release of glucose from liver stores when blood glucose drops (eg when food hasn’t been eaten for a few hours) and which promote the uptake of glucose into the tissues, such as muscle, when blood glucose levels rise too high (as after a meal containing quick releasing carbohydrates). After several hours without food, blood glucose levels tend to drift downwards, and when the level drops below the lower limit the hormone glucagon stimulates the conversion of liver glycogen back to glucose and, if liver glycogen stores are low, also provides a route for the production of glucose from fragments of other molecules, such as lactate and amino acids. If blood glucose levels are so carefully controlled, why does the rate of glucose release from dietary carbohydrates matter? Eat a meal rich in quick releasing carbohydrates, such as sugar, and your blood glucose rockets upwards, causing a rapid release of insulin.
Insulin control is not perfect, particularly when the rise in blood sugar from eating dietary carbohydrates is large and rapid, such as after a sugary meal. There is considerable individual variability in insulin response, though, and some people can eat quick releasing carbohydrates with impunity, while others find they play havoc with energy levels! On the other hand, slow releasing carbohydrates, such as oats, pasta, lentils and beans, produce only a gentle rise in blood sugar and a correspondingly small insulin response, making it easier for the body to maintain optimum blood glucose levels.
Another benefit of slow releasing carbohydrates is that, for a given calorie intake, blood glucose levels are sustained in the desired range for longer than when quick release carbohydrates are consumed. Because the varying energy release rates of different carbohydrates impact on a range of physiological functions, including sport performance, scientists have devised a way of measuring their effect on blood glucose levels.
To determine the GI rating of a given carbohydrate, measured portions are fed to healthy people after an overnight fast, with blood samples collected at 15-30 minute intervals over the next two hours. The type of sugar present – Fructose (the main sugar in fruit) has to be converted to glucose in the liver before it can appear in the blood, thereby reducing the rate at which blood glucose rises and attracting a relatively low GI rating.
Amount and type of fibre present – Fibre delays breakdown of carbohydrate in a number of ways. Amount of fat present – Fat in foods tends to slow the rate of stomach emptying and therefore the rate at which foods are digested.
While GI is a very useful concept, it can’t be taken as the sole predictor of the effects of eating a particular type of carbohydrate. By totalling up the GL units for foods you eat throughout the day, you can arrive at an overall GL for the day.
The glycaemic index and load of foods have important implications for training and recovery.
Attention then turned to the issue of how different GI carbs affect performance when consumed before training, with Australian researchers noting that a low GI carbohydrate meal (lentils) eaten one hour before exercise increased cyclists’ time to exhaustion by comparison with an equal amount of carbohydrate eaten in the form of a high GI carbohydrate food (potatoes) (3). This study lent credibility to the notion that consuming high GI carbs before training was probably not a good idea because they could impair performance by destabilising blood sugar levels. Another study compared the effects of low GI food (lentils) and high GI food (potatoes) in cyclists before 50 minutes of submaximal cycling followed by a 15-minute performance trial (5).
Some research has also suggested that the GI of pre-exercise carbohydrate may affect the ratio of fat to carbohydrate used as fuel. This finding is supported by more recent research on runners, who took part in three treadmill runs three hours after being fed either high GI food, low GI food or no food at all (8). An increased rate of fat oxidation following a low GI meal could be important because it would conserve muscle glycogen, so prolonging endurance in longer events, while maintaining or reducing body fat. There is also some evidence that low GI pre- exercise meals may help endurance athletes by reducing blood lactate. However, it may be that athletes who routinely use carbohydrate drinks during training have little to gain by manipulating the GI of pre-exercise meals. Despite between-groups differences in blood glucose, insulin and fatty acids, the researchers found that the amount and proportion of carbohydrate used for energy was the same, regardless of the pre-exercise meal, with no differences in time taken to complete the high- intensity ride.
There is evidence to suggest that low GI carbs may be preferable before longer, lower intensity events (two hours-plus).
Remember that the specific effect of a carbohydrate on your blood sugar results from both the quality (GI) and the quantity (GL) of that carbohydrate. High blood sugar levels damage the human body and can lead to several different health problems associated with diabetes mellitus.
When fasting or dieting, the liver maintains sugar levels at a normal standard by turning muscle and fat into sugar.
When blood sugar levels remain too high, an individual’s appetite is often suppressed for a short period of time.  Long-term hyperglycemia and diabetes can result in heart disease or damage to the kidneys, nerves and eyes.
Because Cordyceps sinensis is a natural product, most patients exhibit absolutely no side effects from its use.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has long featured the use of Cordyceps as a natural cure and today’s alternative health practitioners are finding the same holds true with the illnesses most common in our current world. Don’t get tricked into thinking that high blood sugar is only something diabetics should worry about. The truth is that anyonecan experience spikes in their blood sugar levels when they eat certain foods – and it’s not just candy, sodas and cakes that cause these spikes. Having high blood sugar does not automatically mean you have diabetes. High blood sugar is only a symptom of diabetes.
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates based on their rate of glycemic response – the extent to which foods raise blood sugar levels after eating. Replacing your intake of high GI foods with low and moderate GI foods is the first step to starting a low glycemic diet. Whether you are looking to lose weight, trying to reverse high blood sugar symptoms, or you are seeking an overall healthful eating plan, using the GI is a good starting place to achieve your goals. Keep in mind that it’s all about qualitywhich means you should also consider the nutrient content of foods. Diabetes acquired during gestation period, a period of fetal development in the uterus from conception to birth is termed as gestational diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Being one of the most common health problems for pregnant women, gestational diabetes affects about 18% of pregnant women, as per the records of American Diabetes Association. Since, the rise in blood sugar levels occur after the development of the body of the fetus, no birth defects or body deformities are observed, unlike babies who are born to women who have been diagnosed of diabetes prior to pregnancy. High levels of insulin interfere with fat metabolism, leading to an increase in the size of the baby and the formation of macrosomia or a “fat baby”.
Elevated levels of glucose can also affect the lungs of the newborns, thus requiring more oxygen and causing breathing problems, commonly termed as respiratory distress syndrome. Often women are subjected to constant hormonal fluctuations, more so during pregnancy, which in turn, affects the functioning of insulin.
However, the transfer from the blood and the utilization of glucose by cells requires a hormone called insulin that is released by the pancreas.
Failure of the pancreatic beta cells to produce adequate amounts of insulin or insulin resistance developed by the body’s cells in pregnant women does not allow her body to counteract the effect of the rise in the blood sugar levels, thus leading to hyperglycemia and gestational diabetes.
No symptoms have been identified so far for gestational diabetes, which makes it mandatory for conducting glucose-screening tests during the 24-28 weeks of pregnancy.
She is then made to drink large quantities of a sugar drink and the measurement of the blood sugar levels is done two hours after the consumption of the drink. If left untreated, gestational diabetes can pose serious health problems for both the baby and the mother. Once you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a team of health care providers including a gynecologist, a registered dietician, a diabetes specialist or a diabetes educator can advice you on the different ways of bringing your blood sugar levels under control. Frequent breast feeding or feeding using a feeding tube that goes directly into the stomach of the baby is one of the most effective ways of keeping blood sugar levels at an optimum level in babies. Yet another treatment involves the intravenous infusions of glucose in the infants to make up for the low levels of glucose.
Even though, it is normal to gain weight during pregnancy, it is advisable to keep your blood sugar levels under control by balancing your intake of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Consult a professional nutritionist, who will help you design a well-balanced diet including the correct ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Gestational diabetes is a temporary phase and pregnant women, generally do not remain diabetic after the delivery.
September 17, 2012 By DH Kiefer 28 Comments Hi I’m Kiefer, inventor of the dietary protocol Carb Back-Loading.

A sheep with flaming machetes, maybe, but not an ordinary sheep, so don’t eat ordinary sheep food.
5.            If you train in the early morning, you can get a bigger boost from your post-training nutrition.
I found this to be an awesome article with really good information to counter naysayers who don’t understand why our eating habits are so damn weird!
Have been making plans to lift in the early evening (after work) so that I could eventually incorporate CBL back into my nutrition plan (carb nite for now) – should I not be doing that?
A side note on this, all the info I have come across regarding AM lifting is pretty confusing. I also heard that AM lifters can do backloads the night before lifting, but again that it wasn’t optimal (for fat loss?).
Anyway, my apologies, but it does seem to be that I am being perhaps a bit garrulous, since as of this post 3 out of the 5 comments will have been mine! Regarding morning training… I train in the morning 2 or 3 out of my 4 training sessions. I am probably going to start baking my own goodies, but in terms of gluten free, do you know any good products out there? I am really confused here, why is it alright to have junk( high carbs and high fats) on the last meal before bed time? Ultra Low Carb Stuffed Bell PeppersIn this latest recipe video from, resident chef Alex Navarro shares her recipe for awesome ultra-low carb stuffed bell peppers. Perkins also has extensive experience working in home health with medically fragile pediatric patients. Modest weight loss, increased physical activity and dietary changes can often prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. It reaches it's lowest level just before breakfast and climbs to it's highest point shortly after the evening meal.As can be seen from the chart there are three spikes which correspond to the regular meals. But, although all carbohydrates supply glucose to the body, the rate at which they are digested and release that glucose into the bloodstream, where it can be absorbed, varies considerably.
This process is also slowed down considerably by the presence of gummy fibres, which tend to trap the starch in a gel-like matrix, further delaying the release of glucose.
Most of the carbohydrate in glucose syrup comes from free, unbound glucose building blocks, so it can pass straight from the intestine into the bloodstream, without digestion, in a rapid sudden surge. The brain runs almost exclusively on glucose, which it gets from the blood as the end result of breaking down dietary carbohydrate. The reason is that each time your body acts to bring blood glucose back to within its optimum range, a number of physiological consequences follow.
A rapid rise in blood sugar stimulates a larger-than-normal insulin response with the result that blood sugar levels can eventually end up below the optimum range, leading to both mental and physical fatigue. This delays the onset of hunger (useful when weight control is a priority) and also reduces the risk that stored proteins will need to be broken down for energy, thus depleting muscle mass!
These blood samples are used to construct a blood sugar response curve, as illustrated in figure 1, below, which determines the GI rating in relation to pure glucose. For example, a baked potato releases glucose into the bloodstream 50% faster than chocolate, which contains plenty of sugar! Sucrose (table sugar) consists of one unit of glucose and one of fructose bonded together; this bond has to be broken before free glucose is released and then fructose has to be converted to glucose. Sometimes it acts as a physical barrier, slowing down the digestive process of breaking down carbohydrate; this is why whole apples have a lower GI than apple juice. For any given carbohydrate, the presence of fat will produce a lower GI, which explains why crisps have a lower GI than boiled or baked potatoes and ice cream a lower GI than sorbet!
Note that each unit of GL produces the same effect on blood sugar as eating 1g of pure glucose. For example, a banana may have a GI rating of 58 compared with just 49 for chocolate, but comparing GL values paints the true picture. The average (processed) Western diet contains around 120 GL units per day, which is on the high side (see table 2 below). The early research focused largely on the role of high GI carbohydrates and post-exercise recovery, and it soon became apparent that high GI foods accelerate and maximise glycogen resynthesis and recovery after training.
Their explanation was that the lower glucose and insulin responses produced more stable levels of blood glucose throughout the cycling bout which, combined with a slower rate of muscle glycogen usage, would have enhanced endurance.
And it probably explains why endurance athletes are now advised to choose low glycaemic carbohydrate foods for their pre-event or pre-training meals. In a follow-up study, the same researchers fed cyclists either low GI or high GI meals one hour before cycling to exhaustion (4). As expected, the high GI meal led to an increase in blood glucose before exercise and a decline in blood glucose at the onset of exercise by comparison with the low GI meal. In a similar trial on cyclists, plasma insulin levels were lower for the low GI meal through the first 20 minutes of cycling, and the exercise time to exhaustion was longer (6).
And the fact that some individuals are known to be particularly sensitive to insulin-induced blood sugar falls may account for the somewhat mixed research results. In a study on runners, fed either low or high GI carbohydrate three hours before a treadmill run, researchers were intrigued to discover that, although performance times did not differ significantly, during the first 80 minutes of exercise, carbohydrate oxidation was 12% lower and fat oxidation 118% higher in the low GI trial than the high GI trial(7)! As expected, the researchers found that the fasting state produced the highest rate of fat oxidation during exercise.
Another study on trained cyclists involved an incremental exercise test to exhaustion 65 minutes after consuming either high GI, low GI or non-carbohydrate food (9). One study looked at trained cyclists who drank a carbohydrate solution during a two-hour submaximal workout followed by a high intensity ride two hours after consuming either a high GI food (potato), a low GI food (pasta) or a low energy jelly (control) (10). The researchers concluded that when carbohydrate drinks are ingested in recommended amounts during exercise, the type of pre-exercise carbohydrate consumed has little effect on metabolism or subsequent performance. The real danger is when your blood sugar levels stay high for extended periods of time, which can lead to diabetes or other serious health problems. In fact, an individual experiencing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) could have no symptoms at all. Women who have never experienced diabetes and have been diagnosed with abnormal blood sugar levels only during pregnancy suffer from gestational diabetes. However, insulin imbalances in the mother can certainly affect the metabolism of glucose in the growing fetus.
This not only predisposes newborns to obesity and diabetes but also subjects them to many birth traumas like collar bone fracture, damaged shoulder nerves, etc. Excess production of red blood cells gives a flushed and red appearance to the newborn babies skin and makes them more prone to jaundice. Reduction in the levels of minerals is yet another sign of a hypoglycemic newborn, which manifests itself in the form of muscle twitching and cramping. Our body converts carbohydrates from the diet into glucose and releases it into the bloodstream.
The hormones released by the placenta, a channel used for the movement of nutrients, blood and water from the mother to the fetus, render the insulin dysfunctional, thereby requiring three times more than the normal levels that are maintained in the mother’s body. Strong family history of diabetes, obesity, an age over 35, high blood pressure, an unexplained still birth in the past, etc., can also increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes in pregnant women.
An oral glucose tolerance test is conducted to test for the ability of the woman’s body to metabolize sugar. A higher than normal range of glucose levels indicates a higher susceptibility of the pregnant women to develop gestational diabetes and makes it extremely important for her to constantly monitor her blood sugar levels. Hence, maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy diet and exercise can help a woman suffering from gestational diabetes in controlling her blood sugar levels and giving birth to a healthy baby. Physical activity or moderate exercises during pregnancy including walking for about 30 minutes a day, yoga and light aerobic exercises that do not place a lot of strain on your abdominal area can mimic the effects of insulin in driving the movement of glucose into the cells from the bloodstream.
Moreover, studies have found that breast feeding has a strong impact on glucose metabolism in babies and hence can help in stabilizing the blood sugar levels. Babies diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome require an external source of oxygen or a breathing tube to enable the proper functioning of their lungs.
Make healthy food choices and stay active to allow your body to utilize glucose more efficiently.
In order to stabilize your glucose levels, do not skip meals and avoid foods containing animal fat, trans fatty acids, refined sugar and other high sugar containing foods like cakes, ice creams, candies, cookies , chocolates, soft drinks and soda. It can, however, put them at a higher risk of developing diabetes during the next pregnancy or diabetes mellitus during the later stages of their lives.
When you approach the anaerobic point during training, your muscles need glucose to continue contracting during the glycolytic (glucose-burning) cycle.
The debate here makes a case for both sides of this issue, but research has shown that full glycogen reserves help limit the protein breakdown caused by training sessions. Eating carbs before bedtime will disrupt nighttime release of growth hormone—an incredibly powerful fat burner and lean tissue builder.

There’s an “insulin memory” to your night-time carb feedings that extends to your next morning meal. In a way I kind of prefer it to PM training (though it depends on how busy I am)… mostly though I just train whenever I can fit it in along with my courses and schoolwork. And hopefully, AM lifters everywhere will soon have reason to rejoice in jacked, carb-bloated unison and solidarity!! Unfortunately I did not realize that a lot of the products contain brown rice flour, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pea starch, rice bran extract, cellulose, etc. I thought that the presence of fat slows the gastric emptying rate and thereby it keeps trickling nutrition into the body, which means that blood glucose and insulin levels will be kept elevated throughout the night, which then interferes with nighttime GH release? I know I’ve been saying this for every body part we’ve covered so far, but it works the same way with every muscle. Postprandial -- which means after eating -- glucose levels that rise beyond a certain level may mean you have diabetes or prediabetes.
If it falls too low the person may faint or fall into a coma, if it gets too high it can cause damage to organs in the body, particularly the kidneys and eyes, as well as causing discomfort.
The net result is that the release of glucose into the blood following an oat-based meal is slow, gentle and prolonged.
When blood glucose rises above the upper limit (eg after a meal), the hormone insulin stimulates uptake of glucose into the cells, where it can be stored as glycogen in muscles and the liver or transformed to triglycerides (precursors to fat molecules). Together, insulin and glucagon keep blood glucose within the narrow range required by the body and, in particular, the brain.
This explains why some people find that quick releasing carbohydrates give an initial energy boost, giving rise to a subsequent dip 30-60 minutes later. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels, while low GI foods are digested and absorbed slowly, producing gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels.
Pure glucose (one of the very quickest releasing carbohydrates) is assigned a value of 100 and all other foods are ranked by comparison. Similarly, that wholesome Shredded Wheat breakfast cereal causes a faster rise in blood sugar than apricot jam!
One of the landmark studies looked at cyclists who undertook two exercise trials to deplete muscle glycogen and then consumed either high GI or low GI carbs (1).
They found that, although the low GI meals were associated with higher blood glucose levels after 90 minutes of exercise than their high GI counterparts, there were no differences in time to exhaustion.
The low GI meal also maintained higher blood glucose levels at the end of two hours of exercise. However, total fat oxidation was also significantly higher in the low GI trial than in the high GI trial, while the high GI meal caused a significant drop in blood glucose to below the fasting level – not a desirable effect! Although time to fatigue did not differ significantly between the groups, during exercise blood glucose levels were significantly lower in cyclists who’d eaten the high GI meal. But, if you are familiar with the high blood sugar symptoms and recognize when you begin to experience them regularly, it can motivate you to take the necessary steps to get your blood sugar under control. Even though, insulin cannot cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients can pass through, leading to the accumulation of glucose in the blood of the fetus, which forces the fetus’s pancreas to produce ample amount of insulin for metabolizing glucose. Moreover, delivery becomes possible only through a cesarean operation, which causes discomfort to the mother during her post-delivery period. Other prominent symptoms of hypoglycemic newborns include poor suck, refusal to feed, jitteriness, high pitched cry, lethargy, temperature instability, hypothermia, listlessness, etc. Glucose enters the cells and is metabolized further, to be used as a primary source of energy.
After being made to fast for 4-6 hours, the blood sugar levels of the expectant women are measured.
Besides monitoring the mother’s glucose levels, it is just as important to frequently regulate and monitor the blood sugar levels in infants to avoid complications like seizures. Keep a track of your calorie and sugar intake and constantly monitor your glucose levels using a glucose meter or strips. If the blood glucose levels remain high, despite a change in your eating habits, you should consider consulting a doctor and taking oral medication or insulin injections for controlling blood sugar levels.
Moreover, regulating blood glucose levels in pregnant women plays a crucial role in preventing obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, among other things in children. Sure, Uncle Ben and that Quaker guy are all cool in their retro-chic way, but their low-glycemic food-stuffs is designed for sheep. Your nervous system, however, can take up to ten days to return to normal, because when you train, it works far harder than your muscles do relative to its capacity. Making sure your glycogen stores are full will allow your muscles to use fatty acids during training until the need for glucose arises—at which point glycogen is broken down and used. Your body won’t release growth hormone during sleep until about two hours after your blood sugar and insulin levels return to normal.
Creating a larger insulin spike before bed causes a greater insulin response to food the next morning. Oh sure, you need free-radical production during the training session to trigger growth, but too much ultimately slows progress. However, I will say that, until now (and hopefully no longer!) PM trainers seemed to definitely have the better hand over AM trainers as far as backloads and eating orgies go, if you know what I mean! My weight is in check (128), so I only have 5 pounds to cut by the end of October (which is easy) so as long as my weight doesn’t get out of control (solely for the purpose of making weight), then I backload the night before a session. I have read that sat fat combined with carbs boosts insulin spike more than the carb meal alone, how can this be? However, two-hour postprandial blood sugar testing is not recommended to screen for or diagnose diabetes.
The high GI trial resulted in a bigger measured insulin response and increase in muscle glycogen during the 24-hour period after training. Interestingly, blood lactate was also higher in the high GI group in the early part of the test (at submaximal intensities), suggesting that athletes engaging in prolonged low intensity exercise might benefit from a low GI pre-exercise meal.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be experiencing high blood sugar symptoms. Do not adhere to crash diets that deplete your body of all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Having sufficient glycogen in reserve will allow your motor neurons to fire at a higher level during training, enabling your muscles to fire with maximum force.
The idea of replenishing your glycogen levels, then, is not to recover from today’s workout, but to prepare for tomorrow’s. So, using the CBL manual to tweak your diet for such an event, you can get a larger anabolic burst after you’re A.M. Seems logical as far as I can piece it together, but I’m hardly the expert (to put it lightly).
I thought that the presence of fat correlates to slower gastric emptying rate, and thereby leading to a lower insulin spike but being elevated for longer duration…. These findings were subsequently confirmed by other studies, which explains why high GI carbs are recommended for optimum recovery for 24 hours after training. Using junk to cause large insulin releases can potentially decrease muscle protein breakdown and increase muscle protein synthesis in even more ways than simple nutrient delivery. At the very least, it seems that if someone did do this, that he would not be too concerned about maximum fat loss (but then again, that’s what Carb night solution is for anyway, right?!). In other words, gram for gram, chocolate has more than twice the impact on your blood sugar of bananas, despite its lower GI ranking. In other words, eating junk replenishes your glycogen stores without interfering with your nocturnal hGH cycle. I’ve had bigger backloads when not training in the afternoon and I just feel soft the next day. When you try to Carb Back-Load with brown rice and whole-grain toast, you’ll get subpar results, to say the least.
However, unless one is diabetic, there is no need to measure on an ongoing basis.A standard test is available which involves fasting and consuming a given amount of glucose. Blurred vision.But the symptoms may not be obvious so it is worth having occasional tests as part of an overall health check up. Even a regular blood test, without glucose, will give a good indication of the presence of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

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