fruit for type 2

By darlene832 Latest Reply 2013-01-07 20:53:39 -0600
Started 2010-05-01 00:26:49 -0500

I heard that type 1, cannot eat grapefruit, how will it affect type 2 diabetics after eat grapefruit. Is it too much sugar in pinapple for type 2…

22 replies

Turtle 2013-01-07 20:53:39 -0600 Report

I did not know not to eat grapefruit because of simvastatin and lisiniprol, in fact I asked one of my other Dr's. about it because of a different med. I take and he gave me the ok. There is nothing on the label from the pharmacy…that's odd. I am glad to see this post, even if it is old because it gave me information I had no idea about.

Pynetree 2011-09-19 08:19:45 -0500 Report

I think it's more that grapefruit interacts with certain statin type meds..i.e. for bloodpressure. Couple of the Rx I take are labeled "Avoid grapefruit Products". And I really miss my grapefruit!

Yikes, just noticed the date of this question…WHY does DC "FEATURE" Post that are this OLD!?! Waste of time!

Type1Lou 2013-01-07 11:39:07 -0600 Report

IMHO Not necessarily a waste of time since this is an issue that continues to plague people. I don't eat grapefruit because of other meds I'm taking (simvastatin and lisinopril…I forget which interacts badly w/grapefruit). Fruit is generally considered a healthier choice by nutritionists than junk food but, as diabetics, we need to know that much fruit is loaded with carbohydrate and will adversely impact blood sugar. A piece of pineapple or an apple will cause your BG to rise more than a plain (bunless) hot dog. Does that mean the hot dog, with all its additives and fats is a better choice? Some fruit can be a part of a diabetic diet if the carb value eaten is taken into consideration. I eat an apple, cored and sliced and slathered with all natural PB for lunch most days. Today's apple/PB lunch was 45 grams of carb., my mealtime max. It was a big apple!

PetiePal 2011-01-09 12:03:10 -0600 Report

From what I understand if you're on high blood pressure meds grapefruit can react with Grapefruit. I believe the reasoning is Grapefruit juice contains a high level of acid that could breakdown the medication quicker than its supposed to. Most meds are meant to work over a period of time.Grapefruit would shorten that amount of time dramatically. Or it may also slow the absorption time causing you to "overdose" eventually.

nzingha 2011-09-18 09:09:45 -0500 Report

yes my doc told me that 2… plus i'm not a grapefruit fan unless it has sugar added and sugar is off my list of foods big deal. bananas i can only eat half of but i made some of what we call here fritters which is crushed ripe bananas with an egg and whole wheat flour all spiced up and fried and they r my desert.. 2 after i eat and they r fine then.. as long as i dont eat too much for the day or all at once…raisins i put in my oats.. just to sweeten it a bit.. doesnt bother me..

Carol2x 2011-09-18 18:21:06 -0500 Report

I have no problem with fruit. It is all about moderation. I don't eat alot of it-but, when I eat it -it is in moderation.

theladyiscrazy 2010-05-23 19:40:13 -0500 Report

I was told no bananas or raisins. I cannot do mixed fruits as they raise my BS.

I can eat all berries, apples, some grapes, peaches etc. BUT I must eat protein with it.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 10:58:37 -0500 Report

Hi, Darlene832. Each person reacts differently to fruit. I have Type2 and I've tried not ever having fruits — go months and months without it, but I really enjoy fruit and missed it very much. The Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet both say that during the first phase not to eat fruit at all, but you'll notice that they bring the fruit back into the diet later on simply because they know fruit is good for us. I've tried different fruits at different times of the day. I'm a believer in testing things at different times of the day. For instance, if I have bread for breakfast or at lunch, it affects me differently than if I have it at night. I don't know why, but it does. I think if you really want the fruit, you should test it for yourself at different times of the day simply because your body is different from mine or anybody else's. Personally, I can't eat pineapple at all at any time of the day because it creates a spike for me, but that's not the case with everybody. Also, stick to portion sizes strictly when you eat fruit, or cut them in half. Also, I have found that Clementines react in a very positive way for me, hardly touching my BG levels. I'd like to be able to recommend them but I can't because everybody's different.

SkipT 2010-05-03 18:22:08 -0500 Report

I have successfully avoided ALL fruit for the past 4 years. Most fruit is 24% sugar. I would rather have a good mixed green salad with balsamic dressing!

FiberAll 2010-05-05 12:16:32 -0500 Report

Although many are saying this too, I love fruit and my blood sugar wasn't high for too much fruit, it was higher when I didn't have fruit. I love apples, oranges and yet because of prices, I have to limit the amount of bananas along with Strawberries. I try to buy apples when I can and I get fruit from Angel Food which has helped my blood sugar although I know there are many blessings in fruit and although I know many people don't agree with me, I would rather have 'fruit sugar' compared to table sugar and if people say they are the same, I still will get back to my drinking my fruit juice watered down and adding Stevia making it sweeter and it will have less sugar in it. I am not trying to change what people believe and I didn't like grape fruit before, but I would drink the juice and if I can ever get off the drugs, I will try that again. When I was walking a lot, I was even able to eat watermelon, but it means checking my blood sugar more often and I am not saying you should since my friend on the shots said he would eat a small slice of watermelon and it went to 400-600 and mine didn't go over 150 and that's when hospitals push insulin on me, but was excellent to me.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 15:05:56 -0600 Report

Wow everyone reacts different cause I have type 2 diabetes and the fruit that raises my sugar is oranges wich is bad for me cause I love oranges as for watermelons it just makes me go to the bathroom more and boy do diabetics use the bathroom especially if our sugar is high.

Emma2412 2010-05-23 11:54:53 -0500 Report

Hi, FiberAll == I think strawberries is one of the best fruits that a diabetic can have. I find that they don't do much to my glucose readings at all. However, I don't have them in the morning because they have a negative reaction on me. I don't know what it is but I can't have certain carbs in the morning or at lunch — even a very good bread. It's just too much for me.

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 19:34:26 -0500 Report

Grapefruit has an adverse affect on meds. It binds with them and causes them to be less effective. The one that I am on that I found out I could not eat grapefruits is Lisinopril. So it really boils down to what meds you are on. Ask your doctor. Mine didn't tell me, I found out with research. I was so bummed. I even asked if I could eat grapefruit in the AM since I take my lisinopril at night, but he said no. =(

MISS TWINKLES 2011-01-08 19:19:01 -0600 Report

hi miss gabby,
i used to take lisinopril years ago, try taking cinnamon caps or using it loosly in your coffee and in your cereal if you eat any. i was always told the smaller the fruit the more sugar it had. i love grapefruit and yes it does counter the effects of your meds. and if you think about it how does the effects of the grapefruit bother your bp meds if you take them at night? foods don't stay in the digestive tracts for 12 hrs…??? did you know that there are some diet drinks that have grapefruit juice in them and they also will interact with bp meds. sierramist is one of them. when i lost my mom i came off insulin 4 times a day, actos 2 times a day, glucophage 2 times a day and my blood pressure meds. she took pills for as long as i could remember and we lost her last aug. 5th to non-alcoholic cirrhosis. in other words all the meds she took over her life time for heart, kidneys, colon, thyroid…those pillls shut her liver down. everything we put into our mouths go thru the liver and the kidneys filter them. i take 5000 units of vit. d, 1000 units of flaxseed , and 1000 units of cinnamon with chromium every single day, and i exercise minimumly , i do not take any medicine at all anymore and my numbers are good. this doesn't mean that everyone can do this but i do.
and doctors are vested in the meds that they prescribe for you, that mean that everytime you fill a prescription that they write you they get kick backs off of it. did you know that everytime a teacher in a school tells a parent that their child is hyper and the parents take that child to a doctor and is prescribed meds, the schools actually benefit from it? use your better judgement, and delve into the medical field a little more and you will see what i know to be true.

mlmeyers 2010-05-02 13:07:39 -0500 Report

My Dr. told me no to grapes, oranges, bananas, pineapple, and watermelon and to stick with apples, strawberries, blueberries, and anything berry related. Wich sucks because I like the ones I can't have a lot better than the ones I can.

firstflight800 2010-05-02 00:48:58 -0500 Report

Grapefruit is one of those fruits that is a big "no no" for people using statin drugs for cholesterol and I believe also linisopril for blood pressure. I'm not sure about type 2 diabetes though. I would think it would push your numbers up. Pineapple for sure will push up those numbers. I limit myself to grapes, strawberries, and apples. Seems to work out as long as you don't overdo it.

dIDYMUS 2011-09-18 23:42:50 -0500 Report

Again, I learn something. I love grapefruit with salt on it. I wasn't told not to eat bananas. I was told no fruit juice ever though. OK by me, I like fruit a lot. It's those darn vegetables that get me down. I eat lots of home grown tomatoes, and I will not give them up. I am already sick of this, and it has only been a couple of months. Sorry for complaining, I guess I am just having one of those days.

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