Why You Need To Teach Clients To Test Their Glucose

Ep 98
In today's episode, I delve into the transformative power of early blood sugar detection and monitoring. I also talk about the pivotal role personalized testing plays in understanding the impact of stress, sleep, exercise, diet on glucose levels, and explore the significance of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) in providing real-time data, unraveling key trends that traditional markers may miss. Join me as I discuss practical strategies for overcoming testing barriers to optimize health through proactive blood sugar management. Stay tuned for valuable insights that will elevate your functional practice.


Early Detection and Monitoring of Blood Sugar
Early detection of blood sugar levels is often delayed in conventional medicine leading to preventable complications. This is the importance of a proactive approach. Monitoring blood sugar helps us understand how daily factors like stress, sleep, exercise, and diet affect glucose levels. Identifying blood sugar issues early is crucial to prevent clients from developing insulin resistance and diabetes, and avoiding complications like damage to the retina, kidneys, blood vessels, and nerves. This highlights the essential role of timely intervention in managing blood sugar for overall health.

Importance of Personal Blood Sugar Testing
Using regular at-home blood sugar testing is crucial. It goes beyond the reliance on traditional markers like fasting blood sugar and emphasizes the importance of checking after-meal levels. The focus is on personalized monitoring, empowering both us as health practitioners and our clients to make informed lifestyle changes. 

This method helps identify specific foods that affect each individual by testing blood glucose after meals and examining how blood sugar levels change due to stress, sleep, and diet, practitioners can uncover details missed in broad recommendations. Promoting a culture of individualized blood sugar testing allows functional practitioners to play a key role in encouraging proactive health management and tailored interventions for optimal well-being.

Utilizing Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Enhanced InsightsContinuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) offer real-time information about glucose levels, giving a clearer picture of how lifestyle choices affect blood sugar. They help spot trends, revealing the impact of factors like stress, sleep, and exercise on glucose levels. It’s crucial to address testing barriers, like fear of pain or financial worries, as the advantages of early detection far outweigh the potential costs linked to diabetes-related complications.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.