Leaders Have Followers

A new age is upon us. The old days of management are rapidly going the way of the dinosaur. People aren’t parts of a machine, to be oiled, maintained, and replaced when they wear out or upgraded by some new some new shiny person.

“A leader who cannot manage has a vision of where they want to go but no idea of how to get there. A manager who cannot lead is not able to build trust and create engagement within an organization to get to where they need to go.” (Quote from the Forbes article linked to above.)

And once again, here’s the difference between leaders and managers:

Leaders have followers. They can move any mountain with ease by way of their dedicated and loyal teams.

Managers have people work for them. They have no followers.

I am first and foremost a leader, with a modicum of manager thrown in. I am a leader of people. And because of my leadership, my people will manage just fine. They move mountains every day, several times a day. If you don’t have followers, you aren’t a leader.

If you’re disappointed by this, that’s a good thing. Why? Because you can change your ways. Learn to lead. Learn to manage your leadership abilities. Improve them daily or resign yourself to undue suffering. It’s your choice.

Glucose Challenge Results

Here are my numbers from the glucose challenge I conducted today. All numbers are in milligrams per deciliter. Numbers arrived at from using the glucose monitoring device. I used Dextrose for the sugar, and consumed 75 grams for the challenge. All consumption was accomplished in a two minute time segment.
 
Fasting: 88
 
Hour one: 171
 
Hour two: 122
 
Hour three: 73
 
This makes sense to me. The fasting level of 88 was at 12 hours from the last meal. At hour three, it had been 15 hours since I consumed any food (other than the 75g of sugar), thus the lower number (73) compared to the initial number (88) at 12 hours.
 
This tells me I’m doing something right. I will carry on doing exactly what I’ve been doing, with the addition of the supplements outlined in Get Serious. Unless anyone can offer advice to improve my numbers, I’m pretty sure I’m on the right path here.
 
I expect my next round of blood tests to be dramatically improved in the lipid panel as well.

Glucose Tolerance Test

If your 2 hour post-meal blood sugar is elevated, the more likely you are to be damaging your arteries.

How efficiently your body clears glucose from your blood is a direct function of your insulin sensitivity.

Insulin is toxic to the lining of blood vessels. For a given sugar load, your pancreas should secrete insulin in the least possible quantity to return serum glucose to normal fasting levels.

Optimal fasting glucose level:  70 to 85 mg/dL. Modest elevations above 85 create an increased risk for heart attack.

Check your blood sugar after an 8 hour fast.

GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST

  1. After an 8-12 hour fast, obtain a baseline glucose level. This is your fasting glucose.
  2. Obtain a 75 gram (2/3 cup) glucose drink. Consume this entirely within 5 minutes. You are now at “time 0.”
  3. Test and record your blood glucose at time “1 hour.”
  4. Test and record your blood glucose at time “2 hours.”
  5. Test and record your blood glucose at time “3 hours.”

Do not exercise during this 3 hour period, or it will affect test results.

TEST INTERPRETATION

Fasting serum glucose ideally less than 86 mg/dL

Glucose, 1 hr. post 75g load ideally less than 140 mg/dL

Glucose, 2 hr. post 75g load ideally less than 120 mg/dL

Glucose, 3 hr. post 75g load ideally returns to baseline

If your numbers don’t fall into the ideal range, don’t panic. Do something about it! Exercise, stress reduction, and proper diet are the keys.