Foods and BG levels

By rij061258 Latest Reply 2011-01-25 17:12:38 -0600
Started 2011-01-25 02:26:12 -0600

Ok, question for everyone. I figured out today that whole grain pancakes with a sugar free syrup makes my bg jump. Was at 107 when I got up check level again 5 hrs after eating and bg was 129. Had a full bowl of pasta with some garlic bread for dinner, bg after 4 hrs was only 115. I would have thought it would jump less with a multi whole grain food than with a mix of whole wheat and reg pasta. Or is my body just reacting strangely to the different carbs? I'm not on meds, trying to control with diet. I just thought that this was strange and if it was normal.

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Kirla 2011-01-25 17:12:38 -0600 Report

Blood sugar before you eat should be less than 100. When you eat your blood sugar will rise. Different foods will spike your blood sugar at different times. Also the same food may affect your blood sugar different depending on the time of day.

Meats, fats, proteins, low carb vegetables may not spike your blood sugar too much. Foods made with sugar, flours (all Kinds) and grains along with starchy foods and vegetables will spike your blood sugar a lot. Most high carb foods will spike blood sugar.

I have to avoid the following foods to keep my blood sugar under control, bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, milk, fruits, fruit juices and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label.

I found drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables like salad, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut helped in bringing my blood sugar down.

I used to believe that my blood sugar spiked about 1 hour after eating. A few months ago I learned that it spiked at different times for different meals and now test about 45-60 minutes after breakfast, 25 minutes after lunch and about 1 hour after supper. After eating each meal I tested before and 20 minutes after eating and then tested about 10 minutes after that and every 10 minutes until it dropped. That’s how I figured when I peaked.

After eating I try and keep my blood sugar from spiking more than 50 points after eating. I read somewhere that damage starts when blood sugar rises above 140, so I try and keep my blood sugar under that. Everyone has to learn what’s good for them. Were all different.

I recently found that by adding some chicken, fish, beef or pork to my meals helped keep my blood sugar from spiking too much.

As you can see this all is very complicated. I believe people should test before and after each meal. I tested 1 hour after eating for over a year and my A1C’s are all pretty good. When my numbers where in the 300 plus range I was testing 2 hours after eating. I only started testing 1 hour when my blood sugar dropped to almost normal numbers.

Good luck

CaliKo 2011-01-25 14:17:16 -0600 Report

Welcome to the community rij061258. Yes, a diabetes nutritionist or dietician will help you customize a meal plan. It does help to go in with as much information as possible, so since you are already testing, chart what results you have had with different foods and take that with you. And remember to record the portions and also exercise. Good luck!

rij061258 2011-01-25 13:07:13 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone. Even with being able to test, I'm still trying to figure this all out. I hope things will be easier after I see a diabetes nurtritionist.

jayabee52 2011-01-25 13:27:17 -0600 Report

Even seeing a RD (nutritionist) your reactions to foods my vary from mine. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease.The only way you can know for sure what foods work for you is test individual foods, and make a food log of your results. Do a baseline BG reading, eat the portion size you want to test, 2 hrs after 1st bite, take your BG reading again. Higher than 50 pts, either reduce the portion size and try again at another time. Or if it is WAY higher forget that food altogether.

kdroberts 2011-01-25 08:56:39 -0600 Report

Checking 5 hours after eating isn't going to tell you a lot, try 90 minutes-2 hours, you may find that both meals resulted much higher blood sugar than you saw. Since home meters are not that accurate, 115 and 129 are so close that they are pretty much the same. You also have to keep in mind that whole grain is recommended for diabetics mainly because of the nutrients, not because it will be better for blood sugar.

MewElla 2011-01-25 08:42:02 -0600 Report

I am type2 and control by diet/exercise too. It's crazy all the different things that affect my numbers, as you say, it can be the food or any variable. It is a trial and check system everyday..Good Luck to you.

MAYS 2011-01-25 02:53:57 -0600 Report

Your Blood Glucose level rising after a meal can be due to a number of reasons,
there can be added ingredients in the foods that may raise your levels, it's important to read, and to understand what the Food Nutrition labels actually say.

These links may help you:

Take your time, learning about, and managing your diabetes can be life long process, sometimes it may require a little trial and error.


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