One of the things I had always wanted to do is validate some of the things I believed with something I knew. That is how certain things like sugar free desserts I make or sugar free soda might affect my blood glucose levels. I know this has been in vogue recently with both Jimmy Moore with N=1 experiments (Julian bread being the latest test) and Hank Garner of Low Carb Journey fame doing similar tests. I also wanted to continue to track what my blood glucose was on a more routine basis than once a year with my annual physical.
Prior to starting Atkins, I was told I was in danger of getting diabetes and my blood glucose levels were apparently borderline. Being an EMT, I have taken my blood glucose before, and in the past, it has been in the 70s. Being somewhat in the public eye about my low carb lifestyle, I get the cynics who say my lifestyle makes me more insulin resistance and lowers my sensitivity, i.e. more likely to get diabetes, so I wanted to have personal knowledge of where I was currently at.
To this end, I purchased a rather cheap diabetes starter kit to do my testing. The meter similar to the photo above, lancets, AND test strips were only $8. I thought that was quite reasonable entry to gain the knowledge I wanted. I have tested my blood glucose 3 times now, and it was in the low 70s.
However fasting blood glucose was not the real reason for my buying the monitor. I wanted to test my reaction to common foods. This past Saturday was my first test. I wanted to test how sucralose (Splenda) and Acesulfame Potassium (Ace K) affected my blood glucose. My first blood glucose reading was 70. I then drank 32 oz of Fastco (Fareway store brand) Flavored Carbonated water over the course of 10 minutes. I then tested in 30 minutes (BG reading 76) and 60 minutes (72). Both are well within the margin of error, and in either case don’t demonstrate a large impact of 4 servings of the drink.