Increased glucose sensitivity on low carb diet

By Leepiechocki Latest Reply 2018-04-21 17:58:18 -0500
Started 2018-04-16 12:02:08 -0500

1 month ago I changed my diet, eliminating most carbs. No pasta, bread, rice, grains, and sweets. I eat mostly vegetables and meats and cheeses and nuts and some fruits. Since the change I have had great bs readings and feel great. I have noticed now, however, if I do eat carbs (a handful of raisins for instance) my blood sugar skyrockets! It seems as though by eliminating most sugars, when I do occasionally have some my body is very sensitive and they raise my blood sugar quicker and more dramatically than before. Anyone else experience something similar? Thanks

3 replies

cmr55 2018-04-21 17:58:18 -0500 Report

Carbs and I do not getting a long very well. Since doing low carb my BS are running 90 - 115. Been doing a ketogenic diet for the last three weeks and I have seen BS going into the 80's. But if I eat carbs BS will go up. I guess I am carb intolerant. Keep up with what is working. Keep a log what you eat so when you get a high reading you will know what caused it.

Type1Lou 2018-04-20 13:58:58 -0500 Report

Raisins are actually a fast-acting carbohydrate and what I use to raise my BG when I'm having a hypo…so, I'm not surprised that you're finding they dramatically increase your BG. Not all carbs are created equally. 10 carbohydrate grams of raisins will raise your BG faster than 10 carbohydrate grams of peanut butter. The fat in the peanut butter slows down the carbohydrate absorption in your body. Other fast-acting carbs are fruit juices, regular sodas, glucose tablets and gels. Also, there may be individual variability in how each body reacts to specific carbs…part of the learning curve of living with diabetes. Good job on eliminating most of the carbs! Some fruits, like berries, are friendlier, BG-wise for us. Any dried fruit (like raisins, dates, etc) has had the natural sugar in them concentrated so they will have a greater impact on BG than their fresh counterparts.

Nick1962 2018-04-20 08:55:29 -0500 Report

Yes, but I have also noticed they come back in line quicker as well. By restricting carbs/sugars, the bloodstream does tend to want to take them up quicker in the beginning because, well, your body isn’t quite sure what’s going on. Once your body starts to “trust” that you know what you’re doing to it with this new diet, and adapts to the new routine, that “oh my gosh, I’m being starved” reaction evens out.

Just by the way, raisins are about 75% sugar. Remember, they’re concentrated grapes. That “handful” would be equivalent to eating a Kit Kat bar. And for what little fiber and protein they provide, aren’t really nutritionally worth it in my book. Maybe 10 to cure a craving, but that’s about it.