What Every Menopausal Woman Needs to Know
July 20, 2022
I know this graph may look like something from your high school science classes but stick with me because IF YOU ARE IN PERIMENPOAUSE YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS.
Ok – grab yourself a cuppa we may be here a while.
In the last few weeks I’ve been monitoring my blood glucose levels, as advised by my nutritionist and I’ve been shocked to discover I’ve got pre-diabetic blood glucose levels. I thought I was fit, slim (although I have gained some menopausal pounds) and so far away from diabetes I didn’t need to worry about it.
Well I got that wrong. My blood glucose is spiking most days way beyond what is healthy. (You can see this is the elevated glucose levels in the top graph that have gone out of the ‘safe’ range coloured green.)
The strange thing is I don’t eat sugar, I only eat berries and citrus fruits, and only very occasionally have processed foods. So how could I have pre-diabetic blood glucose levels?
I’ve begun to unpack the mystery with the help of the “Glucose Goddess” AKA Jessie Inchauspe – a biochemist dedicated to educate us about why we have blood glucose spikes and what do do to eliminate them.
Apparently 90% of people have blood glucose problems without knowing it – which I find staggering.
Basically because we don’t know what to eat, when to eat, and what order to eat our food.
The bottom line is glucose or fructose is in ALL processed foods and most of us consume way too much of it.
Over time this leads to our baseline of glucose increasing beyond what is healthy, meaning each time we have a glucose spike we go further away from our healthy baseline and instead take a step closer to type 2 diabetes.
By the time we get to perimenopause we’re probably on a daily glucose merry go round with spikes and crashes punctuating our day without even knowing it.
And here’s the thing – spiking and crashing glucose levels actually exacerbate menopause symptoms – yes you read that right high GLUCOSE levels can increase the severity of our symptoms – big time. I nearly cried when I read that because maybe my perimenopause could have been very different to the hellish time I’d had. Perhaps “THE ANSWER” all along was creating glucose stability by flattening out my glucose curve by changing what I eat, how I eat and when I eat.
And for those of us in post menopause – well our bodies can become insulin resistant pushing up those glucose spikes even higher, making us more predisposed to type 2 diabetes, heat disease, dementia and osteoporosis.
Since I’ve been following these steps – the daily brain fog and lethargy Ive experienced for the last 9 months has gone.
1) get a continuous blood glucose monitor – take the guessing out of the equation and get some real data on how our body processes glucose
2) reduce carbs – I seem to be very sensitive to carbs so I’ve needed to nearly cut them out of my diet
3) increase protein so I feel more full
4) apple cider vinegar before meals – flattens my glucose curve more than when I don’t take it
5) eating a handful of nuts before bed – stops my glucose from crashing too low
You can see the difference in the bottom graph which was yesterday, only one glucose spike and that was because I has plant milk that had sneaky rice in it…. should have checked the label. My normal plant milk doesn’t do that to me. And the thing is even though Ive got COVID I feel much better today by following this new glucose flattening strategy than I did on the day of the first graph.
I really wish I had know this before perimenopause – I could have used it as a map towards wellness and it would have probably prevented signifiant suffering. So I’m sharing it here with you in the hope it makes your menopause that much easier.