Diet and glucose level.

By Dennis1963 Latest Reply 2012-04-17 05:45:05 -0500
Started 2012-04-14 17:27:28 -0500

How many have seen good positive effects from changing to a healthy diet for diabetics?
I have cut out a few things lately. Like potatoes, rice, breads and when I wake in the morning my level is between 90-101.

When I ate these my morning level was between 145-170. Sometimes higher.

21 replies

nocshiftgrl 2012-04-17 05:45:05 -0500 Report

My nutritionist has me on a plan where every meal.has to.have 5 grams or more of both fiber and protein and it works! I stay away from all "white" carbs, they dont have the fiber content i need anyway. She says white breads and pastas are basically "glue or paste" because its flour and water. No nutritional value. I add a veggie in my meal.every chance i get and my glucose has been super stable. I think 113 was my highest BG in over a month or so.

Natim 2012-04-16 04:20:40 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed 8 months ago I changed my diet and followed the right one by cutting down on all the wrong stuff and with that and exercise I was able to have my BG levels under control so musch so that I am now controlling it with just diet and exrcise.
I must say that diet alone is not enough to totally control your BG levels, you have to have a regular exercise schedule if you are to win.
It works for me very well.

dnuora 2012-04-15 13:14:12 -0500 Report

after my diagnosis of t1 i wanted to change my diet so i did a lot of research and worked with a dietician to develop a low carb, high fibre meal plan that is much better for me and, crucially, comprised of things i enjoy eating. ideally i'll further streamline my diet as time goes by, but as a diabetic newbie i think i'm doing okay. :) my bg numbers are definitely responding to the healthy meals and to the exercise programme i've been doing, and it's much better for my health in general.

jigsaw 2012-04-15 10:24:44 -0500 Report

I have eliminated many processed foods like the ones you have mentioned. A healthy carb restricted food plan has helped to keep my blood glucose numbers within a healthy range for 18 years with D. I attribute these results as the reason for no diabetic complications.
You are making some good decisions imho !

GabbyPA 2012-04-15 10:07:11 -0500 Report

I have noticed a huge difference when I cut out the high carb foods. When I am eating salads and proteins and lots of veggies, my numbers are so much better and the better they are in the morning the better my day goes.

techguy87114 2012-04-14 23:11:52 -0500 Report


I have found that when I dont eat right I have high BG #'s too.. if you want to eat pasta and rice try brown rice and wheat pasta.. you may find you like it better than the more "processed" white varieties. You would still want to eat these in moderation but that way at least you don't have to cut them completely out.

At least this has worked for me.

Keep up the great work! Sounds like what you're doing is working.



"keep one foot in the gutter & one fist in the gold"

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 19:13:47 -0500 Report

Absolutely! I follow a low carb, high protein diet that includes mostly monounsaturated fats. I use natural, whole foods whenever possible to reduce the chemicals in my food chain and supplement with vitamins I may not be getting enough of because of my gluten intolerance.

I don't use white potatoes, white rice, sugar, wheat bread (also don't use barley, rye, or oats either), or milk. I use quinoa as a substitute for rice and barley. Almond, coconut, or bean flours in place of wheat. Almond milk in place of milk. Occasionally will use red potatoes, black or mahagony rice, ore coconut sugar, but rarely.

My focus is on lots of low glycemic index vegetables (half raw and half cooked), low g.i. fruit (raw), lean protein, nuts, and use olive oil. I also use aloe vera juice, vinegar, and lemon juice to help lower BG spikes.

Nick1962 2012-04-14 19:07:27 -0500 Report

You're doing exactly the right thing Dennis! And it sounds like you are responding very positively. Like everyone who's responded so far, I've been low-carb for a few years now and my numbers have been great. I even experimented with going back to a high-carb meal, and my anticipated spike and low was way more controlled than it would have been just two years ago.
Now that doesn't mean I'm going to go back to eating like that, but I hope it's a sign that some type of remission is possible.

jayabee52 2012-04-14 18:45:36 -0500 Report

I had develped my own Meal plan to be able to use the insulin my own pancreas puts out without the use of diabetes medications. After a year of success doing that I have slipped a bit and have to get "back on the horse" again.

If you want to see my meal plan you can do so by going here ~

But yes I have noticed some good and positive effects from doing that. You'll see my recounting of the effects I noted in my discussion in the link above.

MewElla 2012-04-14 17:58:46 -0500 Report

Since I switched over to low carbs, it has made a huge difference to me in my bg#'s…Definitely works for me.

Type1Lou 2012-04-14 17:51:28 -0500 Report

Lower carbs for me yield better BG levels. I hopped onto the Low Carb diet after reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". He advocated a low-carb approach long before the main-stream medical community did. It works for me!…and for many others here on DC. (I'm 5'3" and weigh 116 lbs; I limit my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day.)

JSJB 2012-04-14 18:02:46 -0500 Report

I started to low carb about 30 years ago to lose weight. When people found out they said it is a dangerous way to lose weight. I have the original book "The new low carbohydrate diet" by William I. Kaufman and still use. They use to call this the Air Force Diet. The books calls for 60 grms a day but I keep mine to 30-40 a day and my sugar levels stay in the normal area. Remember to take vitamins and exercise.

JSJB 2012-04-14 17:39:56 -0500 Report

Since I started sticking to my diet of low carbs, my levels have been between 100-120 prior to that they were 130-145 not dangerousley high but something to think about. I only test in the am and that is usually 4 o'clock unless I get curious in the pm the I test again at 5 or 2 hrs after evening meal.