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Introduction: Glucose Spike (02:19)


Untreated blood sugar irregularities can lead to diabetes, cancer and heart disease. This program will look at the latest research on preventing the condition and provide a risk assessment.

Glucose Spike Study (03:04)

Employees of metalworking, gaming and consulting companies are measured for blood sugar levels before and one hour after eating rice balls and fruit juice. Levels 140 and higher are considered spikes.

Understanding Glucose Spikes (02:52)

Learn about the role of insulin and the pancreas. People with postprandial hyperglycemia either have a reduced ability to produce insulin or have cells unable to absorb glucose efficiently. Glucose spikes are undetectable if measured on an empty stomach.

Glucose Tolerance Test Study (01:53)

Hisayama participants are tested for glucose two hours after consuming sugary drinks. Over 20% of residents over 40 have glucose spikes, which would translate to 14 million Japanese citizens.

Glucose Spike: Root of Many Illnesses (02:56)

Hiroshi Moriyama, 43, has had a myocardial infarction due to clogged arteries from high blood sugar levels. Half of heart failure patients have glucose spikes.

Glucose Spikes and Atherosclerosis (02:37)

Researchers in Italy investigate why glucose spikes increase risk of hardened arteries. Blood vessel cells exposed to sugar produce reactive oxygen, leading to cell death. Immune cells attach to artery walls.

Glucose Spikes and Alzheimer's Disease (02:08)

Postprandial hyperglycemia increases dementia risk. Diminished cell capacity to absorb glucose causes the pancreas to increase insulin. In the brain, insulin disrupts an enzyme from breaking down amyloid-beta protein. Reactive oxygen also increases cancer risk.

Check Your Risks of Glucose Spike (03:44)

A 50 year study in Hisayama has identified postprandial hyperglycemia risk factors. A personal test includes questions about gender, age, diabetic family, obesity, BMI, hypertension, smoking, and exercise.

Young People Beware! New Facts About Glucose Spikes (03:15)

Slender women in their 20s are surprised to test positive for postprandial hyperglycemia. Research shows 24% of their cohort has glucose spikes due to decreased muscle mass.

Glucose Spikes and Sleep Deprivation (03:40)

Study participants slept 12 hours for six days and then only 4 hours for the next six days. Blood glucose levels spiked when they got insufficient sleep. Learn about the role of melatonin in insulin secretion and blood sugar absorption.

Glucose Spikes in Children (02:09)

Researchers found that average blood glucose levels are rising in 8,000 elementary students—increasing risk of adult diseases.

Get Rid of Glucose Spikes! (02:34)

Researchers compared pancreatic cells in healthy mice to those with high glucose levels. Lowering glucose levels increases insulin secretion. Humans can also improve pancreatic function through lifestyle changes.

Dietary Changes and Food Order (06:07)

Yoichiro Haruta, age 27, avoids a glucose spike after a meal. Research shows eating vegetables before rice slows intestinal glucose absorption. Meat triggers incretin release, assisting the pancreas to release insulin. Skipping meals increases glucose spike risk.

Latest Information on Low-Carbohydrate Diets (04:26)

Obese and diabetic program participants are assigned meal plans according to blood sugar levels and health to help them avoid glucose spikes. View examples of adapting traditional recipes to low-carbohydrate requirements.

Work Out to Prevent Glucose Spikes (04:23)

Walking right after meals helps return blood sugar levels to normal by slowing digestion and delaying sugar absorption. A gaming company increased office distances to encourage movement. A consulting company has employees stand during meetings. Hear a glucose spike risk summary.

Credits: Glucose Spike—Uncovering a Hidden Threat: Medical Revolution (00:27)

Credits: Glucose Spike—Uncovering a Hidden Threat: Medical Revolution

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New research has revealed a previously-overlooked threat, what’s known as a “glucose spike.” It happens when blood sugar levels soar for a short time after eating. The spike is hard to detect in regular health check-ups. If left untreated, it could lead to a higher risk of diabetes, hardening of the arteries, strokes, and heart attacks. It could also spark cellular cancer or dementia. How should we approach this cause of so many maladies? This program tracks the hidden story behind the medical effort to tackle glucose spike.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: FPT145582

ISBN: 978-1-64347-007-8

Copyright date: ©2016

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