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The most important blood test to ask for

After reading the article that I titled:  Genius Foods is a genius book, many of my readers wrote to me to ask, "What are the most important blood tests to get done in order to assess one's risk of developing Alzheimers and/or dementia?"

Here they are:
fasting levels of:
1. glucose
2. Hemo A1C
3. Insulin

These tests will tell you how well your body deals with sugar in the bloodstream. "Sugar" meaning glucose, appears in the bloodstream in just a few minutes after ingesting sugar, starches, fruit, juices, refined carbohydrates. (crackers, breads, pasta, etc) .  

Glucose makes your blood "sticky" and some of those glucose molecules attach themselves to your hemoglobin.  So, if you get a score of 5 or less on your Hemo A1C test, that means 5% of your hemoglobin has glucose stuck to it.  Below 5 is great, at 5.7 you are prediabetic. Blood glucose is best when under 80.  

How do you get your numbers to drop?  Avoid sugar and refined carbs.  It takes from 8 - 12 weeks for some people to be "happy" without sweet and starchy carbs, but eventually your body adjusts, you lose weight, and sweet things begin to taste strange.

Almost all chronic, degenerative disease states begin with those sugar/glucose numbers being too high.  
1. The plaque that gums up arteries has some glucose components in it.  High triglycerides (caused by excess sugar) are also a major heart risk factor.  
2. Excess glucose leads directly to insulin resistance, weight gain, and eventually adult onset diabetes.
3. The brain damage seen in Alzheimer's has glucose products present.  (Hence, the new name for Alzheimers:  Type 3 Diabetes)
4. Glucose is a cancer promoter.  Cancer cells preferentially survive on glucose, and they need a lot of it.

(An MD fried of mine has a unique method of treating cancer:  She removes all carbs from the diet (ALL) and has the patient fast every other day.  She has seen rapid cancer retreat, even in Stage 4 cancer.  This method is not for the faint of heart, but then neither is chemo).  I have no stats on how often this has worked, but if sugar is the fuel for cancer, then it would sure be worth a shot to try it.)

OK, so get those tests performed and call me in the morning :-)

PS  Source of this info is:  Quantitative Medicine.  If you want to sign up for this blog (done by Integrative Medicine MDs in the Bay area), their address is:
I have read this info from many other books and sources as well. (It's GRAT:  generally regarded as true 😊