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Live Younger with Healthy Glucose

The CR Way to Great Glucose Control education program shows how to control glucose blood levels, choose low-glycemic foods, and employ delicious, easy-to-fix recipes.

Scientifically reviewed by: Dr. Carol Campi, RN, DC, in August 2023. Written by: Paul McGlothin.

Getting your blood glucose to healthy levels reduces your risk of many age-related diseases.

Cardiovascular disease,1-2 many types of cancer,3 and Alzheimer’s disease4 are all linked with high blood glucose.

The physical, emotional, and financial toll that glucose-induced disease takes is reason enough to work toward reducing high blood-sugar levels. Apart from disease prevention, the opportunity to live a youthful, vigorous life is priceless.

People who take meaningful steps to control blood-glucose levels are thriving. In their 60s and with blood sugar at healthy levels, they have no plans to retire anytime soon. They enjoy full, active lives, working at jobs they love.

Ellen T., 64, of Madison, Wisconsin, reports that she saw her fasting blood-glucose levels reduce from the 80s (mg/dL) to the 70s. As research suggests,5 her control of postprandial (post-meal) glucose is just as important: “My fasting blood sugar this morning was 76 mg/dL and my current blood sugar, 3 hours post-prandial, is 86 mg/dL.”

In a recorded CR Way Member-Profile Teleconference, Ellen describes her life: She eats a mostly plant-based diet, she keeps her mind open to what else might be helpful, and she reports, “My mental acuity is sharp. I juggle a lot of details and am able to keep it all straight without anxiety or forgetting.”

Dave B., 60, from Arlington, Virginia, started the Great Glucose Control program with fasting glucose readings in the high 90s (mg/dL), a level that increases risk for heart attack and brain shrinkage.6,7 After taking the Great Glucose Control classes, Dave says, “I’m down to a fasting glucose of 78 mg/dL, and after my walk recently, I was at 67 mg/dL. It blows my mind to have glucose levels that low.”

While living younger is not a certainty, many people join The CR Way to Great Glucose Control program to improve their overall health and vitality rather than because their blood sugar is dangerously high.

Learn in a Way That Suits You

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The CR Way to Great Glucose Control is an online education program that can help you learn to control your blood glucose levels naturally. You choose the learning methods that suit you: videos, podcasts, and/or live classes via teleconference. Whatever ways you prefer to learn the steps to take control of your blood glucose levels. The classes are recorded and lesson summaries posted, so you can listen on your favorite device in your car, while exercising, or any time and place you choose.

You first learn the basic steps to take control of your glucose levels, second, the foods to choose, and third, how to combine them into delicious, easy-to-fix recipes. Then you progress to lifestyle plans, which include full meal plans and suggested schedules to help you manage glucose from the time you get up in the morning to when you go to sleep at night.

The course offers innovative ways to use the content, even if you have a busy schedule. For starters, you get the beautiful five-part e-book (by download or CD) that includes all the lessons for the nine-week course. You can read it in a day or a week, and/or use it as a reference for troubleshooting your glucose challenges. Other course materials are available online in The CR Way to Great Glucose Control library, so participants can access them easily anytime they wish.

Support From CR Way Friends

The CR Way Support Group is an important new benefit for Great Glucose Control participants.

Support Group meetings are live, moderated teleconferences where participants share their successes and challenges. The meetings are friendly and pressure-free. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, but they are free to just listen if that’s their preference.

The Support Group meets every week, so participants can resolve their glucose challenges with friends who want to help.

“The Support Group helps participants discover what’s at the root of their glucose control problems,” observes Meredith Averill, co-creator of The CR Way to Great Glucose Control. “People get a chance to share their challenges, many of which are common within the group. Just by discovering easy-to-fix mistakes in the sharing process, many participants lower their blood glucose readings from dangerous to healthy levels.”

Live, Personal Instruction

The CR Way to Great Glucose Control is taught by its creators, glucose-control experts Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill. Before the program begins, participants are invited to get-to-know-you sessions so that Paul & Meredith can tailor course material to participants’ individual needs.

Support Longevity Research at the Same Time!

Proceeds from participation in The CR Way to Great Glucose Control go to The CR Way Longevity Center, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that operates mostly online and is driven by the vision of helping you live better, longer. As a Great Glucose Control participant, you will feel good knowing that proceeds from your participation fee support CR Way research to extend life in good health.


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You may expect the nine-week course with the class materials and live, personalized instruction to be priced like other online courses at well over $1,000. Instead, participation fees have been kept low and affordable at only $225. Managing disease can cost hundreds of dollars a month. So reducing your disease risk by gaining control over your glucose levels could save you tens of thousands of dollars and endless personal hardship. Participation is limited and will close on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Turn to next page to enroll in upcoming CR Way to Great Glucose Control class.

Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill are a bridge, translating the research into the longevity benefits of low-calorie diets and into practical application of the results. Their CR Way® lifestyle is based on decades of research showing favorable changes in genes, gene expression, and other aging biomarkers. They’ve played a pivotal role in this research on aging at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, and the University of California at both San Francisco and Riverside.


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