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Old 06-10-2013, 20:13   #1
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I've heard various things over the years about eating various foods to help prevent/reduce blood sugar spikes after eating foods that are not low GI. For example, pistachios eaten after a meal to avoid a spike, cinnamon, etc etc.

I have never tried any of these methods because I am a Skeptical Sue. I am trying to become more open minded. I also love cinnamon, and hearing stories, so this works out well.

Have any of the type 1 diabetics on the forum tried any of these things? Have they worked? Do share!

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A fat bomb might slow it down ... but, really, no.

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I've heard various things over the years about eating various foods to help prevent/reduce blood sugar spikes after eating foods that are not low GI. For example, pistachios eaten after a meal to avoid a spike, cinnamon, etc etc.

I have never tried any of these methods because I am a Skeptical Sue. I am trying to become more open minded. I also love cinnamon, and hearing stories, so this works out well.

Have any of the type 1 diabetics on the forum tried any of these things? Have they worked? Do share!
No it doesn't work for me. The only thing the fat along with higher GI foods does to me is delay the spike. Instead of a spike by the 2 hr mark I get it at 3,4 or more hrs later, or the next morning. Think pizza or popcorn with lots of butter. BS at 2 hrs under 100. The next morning over 200-300 even with a bolus or a corrective dose YMMV though.

Cinnamon does nothing for me except make my food taste good

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I would much prefer the delayed spike.

I am starting to process the idea of LCHF. No one ever told me about it. My doctors were all about low fat high fibre.

The second I read the word "butter," my stomach growled. It's a sign!

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I would much prefer the delayed spike.

I am starting to process the idea of LCHF. No one ever told me about it. My doctors were all about low fat high fibre.

The second I read the word "butter," my stomach growled. It's a sign!
The purpose for me is little to no spike. I can eat low carb now and take a small bolus or eat the high carb, high fat meal and just keep chasing the numbers for the next 12-24 hrs with insulin to get back in my target range. Less insulin for me means few hypos, and less weight gain. I gain weight the more insulin I take.

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This may not be the best advice, but I've found that a glass of red wine with dinner helps. I've never had high cholesterol or high blood pressure either.

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My doctors want me to do 120 carbs a day... I'm still learning how to bolus but since the higher carb my ratios changed dramatically. I try to eat a lot of fiber and good fats.

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Now I'm an old fashioned spoil sport.

Every gram of carbohydrate we eat turns to glucose - some very quickly, some a bit slower. The speed is determined by the nature of the beast and by the things we eat or drink with it. However in the end it all has to be processed by our insulin production or injection.

If we can rely on our own production, mother nature does a great job of matching production to need.

But we're diabetic! Mother nature is on strike. So we have two choices.

If we keep the carbohydrate intake low - and we still have some insulin response, we can keep peaks to a reasonable level. If we don't have an insulin response, we need to provide one artificially. Here Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Law of Small Numbers" comes into its own. If again, we keep our carb intake low, our insulin dose can stay low - and peaks and troughs don't need to get out of hand.

If we shrug our shoulders and swallow a significant amount of carbohydrate, confident that our bolus will handle it, we are very likely to find that we get on a roller coaster ride with either a crazy peak followed by a dreadful trough - or the other way round. Either way - no fun - and here comes complications! (not today, possibly not tomorrow but....)

So, sorry, but any meal that has a high carbohydrate content - that that includes soluble fibre - is not a particularly good idea. But as I said, I'm an old spoilsport!

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John and Mary are right, of course.

Surprising how often we ate just a couple of grapes or just a cracker, etc. prior to t1 without realizing it. Many t1s still do and pay the price, especially if sensitive to carbs.

The issue of weight gain Mary mentions is also real. It would be great if those gains were muscle, but they're not; its just fat unless you're a very hard-core body builder.

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