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Strike the Spike: Managing post-meal glucose

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Gary Scheiner MS, CDCES

These days, less emphasis is being placed on the average glucose and more on the stability of glucose levels – particularly the peaks and valleys that occur after meals.  This course is for anyone who has difficulty keeping glucose levels from spiking after eating.  Proven, practical strategies are provided to help “strike the spike” and produce more stable overall control. 

Specific topics include:

  • The immediate and long-term effects of post-meal spikes
  • Specific goals for post-meal control
  • Identifying your post-meal patterns
  • 10 Self-Care strategies for reducing spikes
  • 6 Medical approaches for reducing spikes

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Placement Exam: Strike the Spike: Managing post-meal glucose

1. After-meal glucose levels have a significant effect on the A1c when:

A. The A1c is greater than 8%.

B. The A1c is less than 7.5%.

C. The spikes are the result of rebounds from hypoglycemia

D. Mealtime insulin doses are too low

2. To control post-meal glucose spikes, physical activity should be performed:

A. Soon after eating

B. Right before eating

C. First thing in the morning

D. 2 Hours after eating.

3. Which food additive has been shown to reduce post-meal glucose rises?

A. Cinnamon

B. Onion

C. Chili Pepper

D. Vinegar

4. For controlling post-meal glucose after most meals, rapid-acting insulin should be given:

A. 30-45 minutes pre-meal

B. 15-20 minutes pre-meal

C. Immediately before eating

D. Immediately after eating

5. Which food would be least likely to cause an after-meal glucose spike?

A. Whole wheat bread

B. A baked potato (skin on)

C. Whole-grain pasta

D. Instant brown rice

Answers: B, A, D, B, C

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
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