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Blood Glucose control through food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

A little background: Newly diagnosed (a week plus ago) diabetic (Type 1 or atypical, verdict not out yet until further tests / analysis of BG readings), on basal insulin (6 units single dose daily pre-breakfast). BG for a week at home post hospitalisation has been stable at ideal (non-diabetic) levels, sometimes going into optimal (7.1 to 10.0 mmol/L)

While recording BG levels I noticed certain foods (or amounts) would make my BG lower and since I ate the same thing within a week (leftovers or just cook the same meat or veges), a pattern seems to be emerging. And then I recalled reading on the Whole 9 site that a Type 1 diabetic managed to reduce her BG spikes after breakfast by adding certain vegetables to accompany her hard-boiled eggs.

For the record, I noticed my BG was lower (than at other times) after eating salmon, and especially when I ate it with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. At that time I also ate a bit of basmati rice.

Does anyone else have a similar experience with certain foods? What are they? It would be nice to have a list of foods I could test my body's response to.

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:30 AM

My insulin pen is Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine), would that be the same as yours?

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Tequila works too. Alcohol has such a strong effect (downward) that it is probably advisable to make sure you eat something with it.

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on December 26, 2012
at 04:17 AM

For the record, 6 units of basal insulin per day certainly doesn't sound like Type 1. When I left the hospital I was instructed to take 40 basal units per day.

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on December 25, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Read Dr. Bernstein's Diabetic Solution. You can learn to "eat to the meter" which will minimize the amount of insulin you need and guard you from organ damage.

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Drinking half a glass of wine with dinner results in a lower BG for me than the same foods without wine. More than half a glass and the effect diminishes or disappears completely.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Tequila works too. Alcohol has such a strong effect (downward) that it is probably advisable to make sure you eat something with it.

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