Olive Oil

By MicNeil Latest Reply 2014-04-05 22:25:56 -0500
Started 2014-04-03 08:48:25 -0500

Still experimenting with what makes BG reading go up and down. Had a low reading earlier of 70 so had some Strawberry shortcake w/Cool Whip…and Green Tea. I only have desert when my BG reading is low. Sure enough it went up to 182. After napping in my recliner, I had my bedtime cookie. An hour later checked again. It was up to 214.

My Bad…I know 2 deserts back-to-back is a NoNo :-(

Read somewhere that Olive Oil reduced absorption of sugar into blood stream so thought I'd try that to see what happened. (Didn't hydrate or exercise as I usually would have) Took a tablespoon of Olive Oil. In 45 minutes my BG was reading 185.

What do you think. Have I learned something new or was this just a fluke? Has anyone else experimented with Olive Oil?

20 replies

GabbyPA 2014-04-04 13:36:06 -0500 Report

I think you still are having trouble with eating things that are just pure carb and not having some protein with your meals. Dessert is not bad, but alone, it can cause trouble. Having a balanced meal is always the best thing you can do.

I don't think you would like the results of eating olive oil straight.

MicNeil 2014-04-04 14:51:20 -0500 Report

…but carbs are so easy to grab quickly when I have a million other things to do. LOL I know it's another of my bad habits I need to break. Thanks for staying on my case, my friend :-)

My morning number is usually a bit high (but not bad lately) and I have a tablespoon with my vitamen's. So far haven't noticed that result but might be just my metabolism. Didn't know I was missing alot of things until I recently saw a new doc who is an MD but more naturpathic. I like him…very interesting. http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Outside-Pill-B...

GabbyPA 2014-04-05 06:56:37 -0500 Report

I am all for natural remedies. If it works for you with out the side effects, then I guess it's kind of like when our parents were kids and they gave them caster oil every morning. Maybe they were on to something there.

Oh, and I know the quick carb thing. It's so true. They are usually on the go foods, easy to grab and run. What you might want to do is have some high protein yogurt around or crackers with peanut butter already handy. Sometimes I make celery and peanut butter and keep them in the fridge. Just having some alternates to the things you want can help.

That book sounds great. Thinking Outside the Pill Box. I have added it to my wish list. Are you reading it now?

MicNeil 2014-04-05 11:35:23 -0500 Report

I first added it to my Kindle since it was so much less expensive that way. But I did eventually purchase the hardcover as, IMO, it's a good reference. He said in the office that since he continues to learn and medical info. is constantly evolving, some of what's in the book is now out of date…or he's learned of something new or a better way.

If you get it, I'd suggest starting with Section III. The first part is mostly his rant against the medical system. While I agree with him, the negative got to be a little much. But I have read the whole thing.

Dr. Vincent has become my Primary since he's local and I was looking for a doc that was more naturpathic. http://mat-suim.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site... His nurse said he has patients from all over.

A really nice guy and surprised he was so quiet after reading his book. LOL First visit he spent almost the whole hour just listening and taking notes. He uses one of those court reporter machines for notes.

Only thing I don't like is he has opted out of Medicare…so I have to go to another clinic/lab/hospital to get what Medicare covers. i.e. went elsewhere to have the labs, then he evaluated them and made recommendations by phone/email. For out-of-pocket visits, he's pretty spendy…but I could, at least, deduct it as medical costs from my income tax…and worth every penny.

IMO, most docs want to turn you into toxic waste dumps for the repeat business. Dr. Ty is a healer. Says he hopes his patients stop coming to see him because they have become well. I like that :-)

GabbyPA 2014-04-05 19:43:02 -0500 Report

That is incredible. How neat. I can't even imagine my doctor sitting and listening to me for an hour. We could accomplish so much.

jayabee52 2014-04-04 13:40:29 -0500 Report

what would be those results, Gabby?

GabbyPA 2014-04-04 13:45:16 -0500 Report

Taking a whole tablespoon of olive oil when you are running high would send you "running" to the bathroom if you are not careful.

MicNeil 2014-04-05 22:25:56 -0500 Report

I had constipation problems for years. Took Pericolace, softeners, Colon Clenz, etc. First thing Dr. Ty said was start taking 600mg of Magnesium http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-magnesium-ultra and increase it every other day until the diarrhea starts, then back off. I got up to 1200mg before the Big D started. I then backed off to 900mg daily…which seems to be a good place for me.

mobydick9 2014-04-04 00:03:44 -0500 Report

I use olive oil a lot in my salad and with my food it is supposed to lower my cholesterol and LDL I am not sure if it levels blood glucose but if it does that's extra benefits for me .

jayabee52 2014-04-03 10:02:06 -0500 Report

Howdy Mic

I have never experimented with olive oil on myself, but according to a Livestrong article on the subject it seems to have the effect you have noted. The pertinent part of the article: "Effects on Blood Glucose: Olive oil helps stabilize blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion in the stomach and allowing for a more evenly distributed release of glucose into the bloodstream. Numerous clinical studies have concluded that olive oil can markedly lower blood glucose levels in diabetics, reports the 'Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews' Research has shown that diabetics can lower their blood sugar levels to such an extent that they require less synthetic insulin. Diabetics are often told to follow low-fat diets to help prevent heart damage, but monounsaturated fats, such as oleic acid, provide a variety of health benefits" for more see ~ http://www.livestrong.com/article/557282-does...

I would think that most any fat such as corn oil would have the same effect, but it would perhaps not have the additional health benefits as olive oll.

God's best to you and yours


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-03 09:07:01 -0500 Report

I think what you have done is learn from something you know was wrong. If you ate the Strawberry Shortcake with regular Cool Whip then napped in a recliner then had the bedtime cookie you were asking to spike your sugar. Had you had the shortcake then took a walk instead of napping you more than likely would have been fine.

You used the Olive Oil to fix the problem. Now that you found it works for you to lower your blood sugar, you continue to use this to lower it when you do what you did. In other words you are developing a crutch. You will say, I can eat this cake, nap or I can eat this pie and nap then take Olive Oil.

I had a decadently rich cookie with thick dark chocolate frosting after my dinner last night. I checked and my blood sugar went to 135. I was fine because I had to make several trips up stairs. I don't find ways to lower my blood sugar because I prefer to use common sense and I am not going to eat cake, pie or cookies and take a nap.

MicNeil 2014-04-03 09:28:01 -0500 Report

I agree…even if it works, it would not be good to let the dependency become a crutch for irresponsible eating.

Forgot to say, after the BG 70 reading, my dinner was a tuna salad sandwich with the Strawb. shortcake & Tea. Had been running errands and doing chores all day so too tired to feel like cooking/fixing a dinner.

But I do have a problem lately of falling asleep in my recliner in the evening after eating. It seems I can't even get thru watching the evening news with husband without falling asleep…and I don't dare eat anything if I know I will be driving.

Have an appt. with a lung/sleep clinic to have my Sleep Apnea cPAP checked next week.

Glucerna 2014-04-03 18:21:46 -0500 Report

I think you're making progress, because you included a tuna sandwich for dinner and didn't only eat dessert. Are you looking at the carbohydrate content of the foods you're eating? Usually 15 grams of carbohydrate is enough to bring up a low blood sugar level. I'm glad you're working with a sleep center on the cPAP to get a handle on why you're so tired. ~Lynn @Glucerna

MicNeil 2014-04-03 19:14:45 -0500 Report

Making progress on finding healthier and quick snacks. Found Fifty50 Low Glycemic Peanut butter @ Fred Meyer http://www.fifty50.com/ and Dave's thin sliced bread http://www.daveskillerbread.com/breads/gs-thi.... Also getting large containers of Safeway Signature Soups and dividing it into 1 cup freezer containers for a quick micro zap. and Teas' Jasmine Green Tea http://www.teastea.com/unsweetened/#jasmine_g.... Haven't settled on a favorite cocoanut water yet.

Yes, falling asleep is a problem. Even when it's a TV program I've been waiting to watch, and with husband nudging me to stay away, cannot keep from conking out after eating. Otherwise, I stay quite busy with house upkeep and projects.

Type1Lou 2014-04-03 18:06:32 -0500 Report

Do you test your BG when you are getting drowsy? Drowsiness may be caused because your BG has spiked…

MicNeil 2014-04-03 19:18:36 -0500 Report

Drowsiness comes on really fast…but will try to do that.

I test before I eat…but it's usually 2-3 hrs after eating before I test again…unless I get busy, then it's longer… or I forget until I'm hungry again.

I'll get better at this; but right now, it's still seems alot to keep track of and get anything else done.

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