Further information and articles to supplement the educational videos from Freshwell Low Carb Programme.
Blood sugar monitors
If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, blood sugar monitors are not available on the NHS unless you treat your diabetes with medication that can cause hypos. If you wanted to purchase one to monitor your own blood sugars, then any blood sugar monitor should be fine. They are easily purchased at Boots or on Amazon etc. In the NHS we tend to use Microdot, GlucoRX or Contour machines but they are all much of a muchness. With regard to when to use one, fasting levels in the morning before breakfast are useful and if you have prediabetes you should aim for them all to be under 7. In terms of looking at the effect of different foods, you should test around 1 hour after eating. Anything above 11 is a sign that the food you ate is not good for your prediabetes. Basically the lower the number the better and staying under 7 should be the general aim.
Risk of prediabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes
The risk of prediabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes differs according to BMI.