Flax Seeds increased my BG level :(

By vensa Latest Reply 2014-11-26 20:58:53 -0600
Started 2014-11-26 03:41:20 -0600

In my efforts to eat healthy low-carb diabetic friendly nutrients, I had come across Flax Seeds recently. Based on the suggestion that website had provided, I'd powdered them and added a tablespoon to my oats porridge. My BG level, otherwise very normal with oats porridge shot up yesterday. So to I tried again this morning with only 1/2 tsp, again the BG levels were high. Looks like I do not have a good tolerance for flax seeds, I thought I would share this to the community.

Summary: As I've learnt from this community awhile back, each one of us are different and the way our DM responds. Mostly there is no one-size-fits-all…so "test…test…test" to understand the stimulus (exercise, meds, diet, stress etc) and its response (BG levels) to manage our DM.

All the best!

6 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-26 20:58:53 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed I put it on cereal and some foods and could not figure out why my blood sugar would go up. My neighbor is my dietitian and she told me that it will do that to some people. I don't use it at all anymore.

RebDee 2014-11-26 20:31:49 -0600 Report

Thanks for your advice and for bringing up the subject of flax seeds. A while back had the same problem of increased BS with flax seed oil.

Glucerna 2014-11-26 16:08:31 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reminder that even though a food may have general health benefits, it might not fit into everyone's individual diabetes management plan. Enjoy the flax-free porridge! ~Lynn @Glucerna

tabby9146 2014-11-26 10:40:01 -0600 Report

I buy ground flax seeds at a health food store (Bob's Red Mill brand) have to keep them in the refrig. they told me anyway, I use a small amount in oatmeal and other things too and never found that they raised my BS. sorry that they do for you.

jayabee52 2014-11-26 04:13:49 -0600 Report

Good words Vensa! Sorry you cannot use flax seeds. I note you powdered the flax seeds. I am wondering if you didn't powder them and merely ground them if there'd be any difference?

Generally speaking the finer the grind the higher the BG level may be.

I read on another discussion yesterday that ground flax is deemed a resistant starch fiber which means it is not supposed to raise one's BG levels. Use the search function here and put in resistant starch fiber, and you should find what I read yesterday.

God's best to you


vensa 2014-11-26 04:21:51 -0600 Report

I didn't think of grounding, but that's a good suggestion … not sure I will buy any more and experiment for now … as I've decided to drop Flax Seeds from my diet.