BiotiQuest® Gut Health & Probiotics Blog with Martha Carlin

Sugar Shift Challenge: the results are in!

Martha Carlin | Oct 05, 2021 | 3 minutes read

Early this summer we launched a challenge to see how BiotiQuest’sSugar Shift could impact fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels. We recruited 18 challenge participants who were already measuring their blood sugar daily. Challenge participants provided a week's worth of their data before starting the challenge.The majority of the participants in the challenge group came to us from Dr. William Davis’Wheat Belly Blog, and were focused on healthy eating, limiting sugars, and low carb diets.

Challenge participants initially provided one month of data for the challenge. After the initial period, 10 participants agreed to continue providing data for another month providing a total of 8 weeks of data.You can see the results from 8 weeks of completion below!


Feedback from the challenge participants included:

  • Taking Sugar Shift 15-30 minutes before meals provided the best results, in the morning and night
  • Participants that observed improved health/wellness did so within 2-3 weeks. Improvements included:
    • Improved bowel regularity
    • Reduction of sugar and carb cravings
    • Overall digestion improvement
  • 2 participants reported losing weight without changing their diet or exercise routines
  • 2 participants reported a reduction in their A1C, as reviewed by their physician
  • Majority of participants had a reduction in fasting blood glucose levels
  • 85% of participants reported that they would continue to take Sugar Shift and recommend it to others

Half of the participants in the challenge had FBG measurements that were in the normal range, and half were people who were above the 100 mg/dL.

Here’s what the data showed from the challenge:

10 participants with FBG > 100mg/dL

  • After 4 weeks showed average reduction of 4.6% in FBG
  • After 8 weeks showed average reduction of 14.7 in FBG

All participants together, including those with normal FBG, showed a reduction of 9.6% during the 8 weeks.

The charts below are examples of the typical changes from two participants in the challenge group.

We expect to organize another Sugar Shift Challenge after the holidays. If you're interested in participating in future challenge programs, sign up for our newsletter on the website to get notifications!

And if you're interested in trying Sugar Shift for yourself now, shop here. We'd love to hear your feedback!

With gratitude,

Martha Carlin photo Martha Carlin, is a “Citizen Scientist”, systems thinker, wife of Parkinson’s warrior, John Carlin, and founder of The BioCollective , a microbiome company expanding the reach of science and BiotiQuest, the first of it’s kind probiotic line. Since John’s diagnosis in 2002, Martha began learning the science of agriculture, nutrition, environment, infectious disease, Parkinson’s pathology and much more. In 2014, when the first research was published showing a connection between the gut bacteria and the two phenotypes of Parkinson’s, Martha quit her former career as a business turnaround expert and founded The BioCollective to accelerate the discovery of the impact of gut health on all human disease. Martha was a speaker at the White House 2016 Microbiome Initiative launch, challenging the scientific community to “think in a broader context”. Her systems thinking background and experience has led to collaborations across the scientific spectrum from neuroscience to engineering to infectious disease. She is a respected out of the box problem solver in the microbiome field and brings a unique perspective to helping others understand the connections from the soil to the food to our guts and our brains.

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