Shrimps and Diabetes?

By vensa Latest Reply 2014-12-21 09:57:16 -0600
Started 2014-12-20 08:13:32 -0600

I've been on a strict diabetic friendly diet for the past few months. I'd like to add a few more food items hereafter and check for personal tolerance levels with regards to BG. I love shrimps and other shellfishes like crabs, lobsters etc. But have been avoiding them for a while thinking it would be not healthy for BGL. Maybe I'm wrong! My internet search so far is not helping me to conclude… any inputs from the community on whether shellfish is healthy for PWD? especially shrimps and crabs? Thanks!

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-21 09:57:16 -0600 Report

To all that answered vensa,
your imformation is wonderful. The stats perfect. I knew as I'm
on a low carb diet, however for those who don't know, your info
is the best. Thank you all for sharing. Happy Holidays,
Valentine lady

MoeGig 2014-12-20 13:38:45 -0600 Report

I say crabs, lobster, shrimp are healthy for diabetics. Have been Type 1 for 49 years now and live near the Chesapeake…we have crabs very often and my cholesterol is very low (156 last check). I just read an artcle (don't have the link) that concluded food has very little effect on your cholesterol levels…it's 99% genes. It's more important for diabetics to avoid carbs. To do that, I eat most protein and fat. Atkins or Med diet is best IMHO.

Type1Lou 2014-12-20 13:35:32 -0600 Report

Shrimp and Crab and most other seafood in and of themselves, have no carbs. The exceptions are clams, mussels and oysters that do . 3 ounces of clams have 4 grams; 3 oz of mussels have 6 grams and oysters, depending on size and origin may have from 3 to 15 grams. How they are prepared can make them very unfriendly to diabetics though. If they are battered and fried, they are to be avoided since the batter adds greatly to the carb content. The breadcrumbs in crabcakes add to the carb content. Many cream sauces are flour-based, again adding to the carbs. Cocktail sauces vary greatly in carb content. One brand might have 11 grams of carb per 1/4 cup serving while another may be over 30 grams of carb per 1/4 cup. (Read the labels!) Beware of the imitation crab and lobster meat as they have way more carbs that the real stuff. 3 oz of imitation crabmeat has 13 grams of carb compared to 0 grams for the real crabmeat. You can safely indulge in seafood but you must choose wisely in how they are prepared.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-20 09:19:26 -0600 Report

Hi Vensa…shrimp and other shellfish are very high in Cholesterol…so many doctors tell everyone, including diabetics to avoid eating large quantities..they do this even though it has been proven by multiple studies that eating cholesterol does NOT raise a person's cholesterol levels…the one thing I would tell you to stay away from is raw oysters..I was shocked recently when I found out they contain a chemical substance that can actually be fatal to diabetics…but that explains why, before I was diagnosed they made me sick a few times…years ago I could eat them with no problem…In a nutshell shellfish is very healthy for diabetics and are loaded with vitamins and minerals…the vast majority of diabetics should be fine with eating shellfish…but we all know that God made us all different so it is a very good idea to monitor your blood sugar levels more carefully when adding ANY new food to your diet..All of my diabetic friends can eat sugar free chocolate and be fine…with me my blood sugar went nutzoid on me…I hope this helped…enjoy your day and Happy Holidays…Merry Christmas…a festive festivas (for the restofus)..happy Channakah..and a blessed Kwanza…hee hee ..I hope I covered everything!!!

RebDee 2014-12-20 13:18:28 -0600 Report

I rarely eat shrimp, lobster or crab (unless it is imitation) but for Christmas Day, I am going to a "Jewish Christmas" Buffet which means Asian food including shellfish and I am very much looking forward to shrimp cocktail (a lot of it). I had no idea it had so much cholesterol. I thought it was protein. Oh well, I will let you know how I feel after the meal.

Type1Lou 2014-12-20 13:43:41 -0600 Report

Dee, I stopped using the imitation crab and lobster meat after reading the label and being shocked at the carb content…if you care about the carbs you eat, you're better off with the real stuff.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-20 14:11:34 -0600 Report

We all have to be very conscience to read the label on EVERYTHING before we consume it..I have shocked by a few things as well…

RebDee 2014-12-20 14:00:42 -0600 Report

While I eat anything I want outside of my home, while at home I keep kosher and therefore cannot have shellfish or non-kosher meat in my home. The only meat that I do not eat either in or out of my home is pig. Therefore, since I really do like shrimp and crab and lobster, I get the kosher imitation (which is pollack) to put in my salads as a protein.