Fasting blood sugar this morning: 135.
This morning I had a message waiting for me from a friend who read yesterdays blog post, in which I commented that I was having hot flashes since increasing my thrice-daily dose of niacinamide from 100mg to 250mg. She informed me that niacinamide shouldn’t cause a “flushing” response and that what I was experiencing was likely a stress response. Niacinamide inhibits the release of free fatty acids from the cells, allowing the body to gradually detoxify itself of stored polyunsaturated fats. Ray Peat says this is a good thing. Well, if there are fewer fatty acids released into the bloodstream, you need enough fuel in the form of food (specifically, sugar) or the body turns on stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) to break down proteins/muscle for fuel. In other words, if you’re going to take large doses of niacinamide, you better be eating a lot of sugar – and you probably need to be able to store it well to be used throughout the day. I guess my 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein wasn’t enough.
This explains my still-high fasting blood sugar, despite eating low fat for 5 days now. Stress hormones are turning on and staying high overnight because my body is out of fuel.
Well, I got this information this morning, and set about to eat lots and lots of sugar today to see if I could turn off the hot-flash stress response. But today, despite eating 100 grams of sugar more than usual, I continued to have the hot flashes. So maybe my body isn’t storing glucose effectively yet. Maybe my current physiological state can’t handle that much niacinamide without invoking a stress response. So tomorrow it’s back to 100mg 3x a day. I felt fine on that dose. I predict my fasting blood sugar will be under 120 again within 2 days.
Here were my macros today:
And my nutrient breakdown:
The nutrients look a whole lot like they did yesterday. Actually, that’s how they look just about every day. Almost enough folate and potassium, short on manganese, and everything else looking good. I checked into sources of manganese – looks like spinach is a good source. Other than that, there’s nuts, fish, and a bunch of other things that are high in PUFAs. I’ll make spinach tomorrow.