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What foods can stablize blood sugar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

My mother is a type 2 diabetic, and uses bread and jelly beans to control her blood sugar. She's gone on this other bullshit low fat diet that one of her friends "recommended". She tried the Whole30 for a week, and she lost 6 pounds. This was a few months ago.

But she keeps claiming that she can't live without bread and she couldn't think of anything to eat and those are the reasons why she decided to ignore everything I told her about evolutionary eating.

So my question is, what are the alternitives my mom can eat so that she can control her blood sugar if she goes back onto the Whole30?

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on November 24, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Type I diabetics are In serious danger of hypoglycemia because they must take insulin doses adjusted based on what they are eating. But it is DIFFERENT for Type II's. Non insulin dependent Type II's can avoid the problem all together by reducing carbs in the diet. A well formulated low carb, high fat diet will keep the blood sugar even so there are no spikes and drops. While your mom should know what to do if she becomes hypoglycemic (usually in the beginning of going low carb because SOME oral meds can cause it, avoiding hypo in the first place with diet is better.

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on November 23, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I'm a 15 to 20 mile a week runner / cardio bunnie. I think that's irrelevant though, I know plenty of VLC T2s that do better than me on zero exercise.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 23, 2012
at 04:13 PM

The questioner asked about hypoglycemia. This answer shouldn't be down voted as they were trying to answer the question asked. Maybe mom is becoming T1.5.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Curious. What is your daily physical activity like, including exercise routine?

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on November 23, 2012
at 03:53 PM

What medication is she taking?

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on November 23, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Unless they are taking insulin (or insulin production provoking drugs such as gliclazide) then Type 2 diabetics don't get hypoglycemia. Diabetes is a disease of hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a side effect of certain diabetic medecines. Bernstein doesn't recommend fruit or safe starches for T2s. In fact he explicitly prohibits both. (Although I stongly agree with the recommendation of the book).

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 23, 2012
at 03:39 PM

It's not the foods you eat that stabilize blood sugar, it's the foods you DON'T eat! Carb-heavy foods (including fruits and so-called "safe starches"--even Paul Jaminet will tell you this, with all due respect to the previous poster) raise the blood sugar, force the body to secret higher levels of insulin (if it still can) and then drop the blood sugar to hypoglycemic ranges. The only way to get off the blood sugar rollercoaster is to stop spiking the blood sugar with lots of carbs.

Unfortunately, while your mom was willing to try it for your sake, it doesn't sound like she's fully informed and willing to work at it. The transition from high carb to lower carb is a big physiological shift in metabolism, and it's not very comfortable at first. Certain diabetic meds your mom might be taking make this worse and can increase the hypoglycemia.

A highly motivated individual with Type II who understands the transition and can work with a doctor to adjust the meds as needed has a good chance of success, but a skeptical parent who doesn't really want to do this in the first place and is just humoring the kid to get him/her off her back is probably not going to succeed.

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on November 23, 2012
at 03:53 PM

She needs to consider a low(er) carbohydrate diet, especially avoiding things like: bread, pasta, rice, tubers, anything with flour in it, and anything with sugar in it.

Most diabetics do well in the range 50 to 150g, depending on how broken their pancreas is, and how insulin resistant they are.

IF you don't eat carbohydrates, then you need to get your calories from fat. A Paleo type diet is almost ideal for diabetic control (as long as you avoid "safe starches".

I eat <25g of carbohydrate a day (which is extreme), but my BG never goes above 100mg/dL and my HbA1c is 4.9%.

Stephen http://www.eattoyourmeter.org

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 23, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Curious. What is your daily physical activity like, including exercise routine?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 23, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I'm a 15 to 20 mile a week runner / cardio bunnie. I think that's irrelevant though, I know plenty of VLC T2s that do better than me on zero exercise.

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on November 23, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Fruit and safe starches (such as tubers and white rice) can help a type 2 avoid hypoglycemia. Bananas work well in my experience.

But it is probably better to not have to "control" your blood sugar by eating things that convert to sugar.

Strongly recommend that you read Dr. Bernstein. Or it would be even better if you can get her to read his work (either his books or website).

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 23, 2012
at 04:13 PM

The questioner asked about hypoglycemia. This answer shouldn't be down voted as they were trying to answer the question asked. Maybe mom is becoming T1.5.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 23, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Unless they are taking insulin (or insulin production provoking drugs such as gliclazide) then Type 2 diabetics don't get hypoglycemia. Diabetes is a disease of hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a side effect of certain diabetic medecines. Bernstein doesn't recommend fruit or safe starches for T2s. In fact he explicitly prohibits both. (Although I stongly agree with the recommendation of the book).

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6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 23, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I would recommend she check her blood sugar if she feels hypo and then use some Dex4 tablets (4g of carbs) or a small box of organic raisins (10 g of carbs.) Dex4 tablets are gluten free and they even make one with no artificial flavors. My buddy and I have been corresponding with Dallas and Melissa in regards to the Whole30 and Type 1 diabetes. The one thing they made clear is that if you are in danger of dying and do not have any Whole30 compliant food around then priority number 1 is to avoid death. Makes sense to me. The key is to be smart and have stuff like glucose tabs or small boxes of raisins handy. I like both these options because it is hard to over eat them. The raisins you could probably overeat once but then you'd become sick of the taste. The glucose tabs are just gross to begin with. I would also work with her doctor to reduce her meds. If she is going hypo as a Type 2 diabetic she is just simply over medicated.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 24, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Type I diabetics are In serious danger of hypoglycemia because they must take insulin doses adjusted based on what they are eating. But it is DIFFERENT for Type II's. Non insulin dependent Type II's can avoid the problem all together by reducing carbs in the diet. A well formulated low carb, high fat diet will keep the blood sugar even so there are no spikes and drops. While your mom should know what to do if she becomes hypoglycemic (usually in the beginning of going low carb because SOME oral meds can cause it, avoiding hypo in the first place with diet is better.

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