Blood Sugar After Breakfast

By SusieS1944 Latest Reply 2018-02-07 17:18:28 -0600
Started 2018-02-04 09:30:14 -0600

Would love to hear some opinions on my problem. My blood glucose before breakfast was 113. I ate a cold cereal made for diabetics with a net carb of 2 grams. I used 1% milk (8 oz), and added 8 blueberries. One hour after eating my blood sugar was 177. This is frustrating me as the nutritionist has said this type of breakfast is just fine. Any thoughts?

15 replies

cmr55 2018-02-07 12:54:05 -0600 Report

i have to have a balance with some protein if i would eat cereal which i rarely do. Eggs/ sausage or bacon and fruit such as berries and apples. It is learning what works for you. We are all different. I can not eat just oatmeal, I have to have a fruit and protein. I make up hard boiled eggs about 8 a head of time so when I wake up there already done. Have them ready for 4 days.

GabbyPA 2018-02-06 11:49:12 -0600 Report

All carb breakfast can make things rough. I eat a very low carb breakfast of eggs and meats or veggies. Cereal when you start with the net carb game, can really back fire. I count the full carbs now, not net anymore. I found it to be inaccurate and deceiving and my body just doesn't play that game.

Oneshotbandit 2018-02-06 12:16:06 -0600 Report

I've ALWAYS heard about how good oatmeal is for "us" so I tried the instant variety- not good, then the steel cut and that was just as bad!!! No milk, just Splenda. My BG would spike to 180's after 2 hours. Now it's an egg or 2 and that's it unless I go shoot Sporting Clays then I eat more carbs- it's usually a long time until lunch. Also I do the full carbs, not net.

Nick1962 2018-02-05 16:29:34 -0600 Report

Just my 2 cents. You will spike after a meal no matter what, and each of us recovers from those spikes differently depending on our energy needs. How are you two hours after? Four hours after? You need nutrition, and that spike is evidence it’s getting into the bloodstream. As Haoleboy suggest though, you do get more nutritional bang for the buck with proteins (although you do need some carbs too). Mine is usually one egg and a thin slice of low-sodium ham on a Mission “Street taco” flour tortilla. That usually comes in under 20 carbs, tastes better than the nasty diabetic cereal, and doesn’t seem to cause much of a spike.

haoleboy 2018-02-05 11:20:52 -0600 Report

maybe try bacon (or sausage) and eggs?
less than 2 grams of carbs and I find proteins and fats keep me going longer.
❤ eat as if your life depends on it

SusieS1944 2018-02-05 10:57:41 -0600 Report

Thank you Pegsy and Luis. I will try again with no fruit and almond milk. I did not check my bg at 2 hours.

Pegsy 2018-02-04 16:51:35 -0600 Report

I can only speak for myself but that would have been too much carb for me. I would have had the cereal with about 3/4C milk and no fruit or, if I wanted to have the fruit, I would have used almond milk instead of the 1% dairy milk. As I stated, that's just me and the plan I find works for me.

Luis65 2018-02-04 16:21:42 -0600 Report

Your 8 oz 1% milk is about 12g carbs and maybe about 4 for the fruit. I don't know is that's why you saw a spike, how was your BG after 2 hours?

SusieS1944 2018-02-04 11:05:09 -0600 Report

Thanks all. I guess I am one of those who would like tight control. Actually the total carbs was 12 grams and then the fiber was subtracted. There is so much to learn and I appreciate all of your responses. Lou, I will look for the book.

Type1Lou 2018-02-04 10:12:17 -0600 Report

Per Gary Scheiner in "Think Like a Pancreas", post-meal target ranges for BG should be under 160 mg/dl (8.9 mmol) if you want tight control; less than 180 mg/dl (10.0 mmol) if you want typical control and less than 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol) if you want looser control.

Oneshotbandit 2018-02-06 07:22:30 -0600 Report

My Dr. told me <140 2 hrs after a meal…

Type1Lou 2018-02-06 09:36:41 -0600 Report

That's a great level to shoot for…In Scheiner's book, these are the levels for one hour after eating. I believe there have been studies that conclude that sustained high BG's over 140 mg/dl will lead to the organ/nerve damage resulting in diabetes complications.

Type1Lou 2018-02-04 10:06:52 -0600 Report

Let your meter be your guide about what works for YOU. We all have different food tolerances and metabolisms. I would be wary of any food marketed for diabetics. They often have as many carbs as their non-diabetic versions and are more expensive. Also, my experience with nutritionists has led me to conclude that they recommend too many carbohydrate grams per day for me IF I want to maintain my BG's at an acceptable level. I also don't go by net carbs but always factor in the "total carbs" in my daily carbohydrate calculations. I can't find my copy of Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas" but. in it, he gives us acceptable ranges for post-meal BG's depending upon the type of control that you want: tight control, normal and looser control. If I can locate it, I'll edit this reply to include those figures. BTW, I usually have the same breakfast each morning which consists of 30 carb grams and comprises 2 slices of WASA Light Rye or Ryvita Sesame Crispbread (watch the varieties as some have considerably more carbs than others), 1/3 cup of Fage brand Plain Greek yogurt spread on top with fresh berries (this morning it was 2 large strawberries cut into 16 pieces - yesterday it was 20 blueberries) on top of that and cream in my coffee.

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