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Diabetes Diet: This Popular Carb Could Help Manage Type 2 Symptoms

Diabetes sufferers have to be careful what they consume in their diet in order to manage symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue and blurry vision. This is because certain foods can cause blood sugar levels to spike - dangerous for diabetics who’s bodies struggle to deal with sugar in the bloodstream properly. While patients can enjoy sugary foods in moderation and sparingly, there is a sweet-tasting vegetable that could help steady blood sugar levels. Despite its name, sweet potatoes are considered to be perfectly safe - and even beneficial - for diabetics to consume. Low GI foods - such as sweet potato - have less of an immediate effect on blood glucose levels, meaning they are suitable for type 2 diabetes sufferers. They are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index. The glycaemic index - commonly shortened to GI - measures how carbohydrates influence blood sugar. Low GI foods - meaning they have a GI of 55 or lower - have less of an immediate effect on blood glucose levels. With a GI of 44, sweet potatoes are an ideal food for diabetics to fuel up on. Can you live a normal life with diabetes? Wed, June 21, 2017 Living with diabetes - ten top tips to live norm Continue reading >>

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  1. drownsoda

    Potatoes and sustained, delayed BG spikes

    Was wondering if anyone else has an issue with potatoes causing sustained/delayed BG spikes. I know potatoes are high in carbohydrates (mildly offset by the fiber content), but I've found eating them to be nearly impossible without getting insane BG readings. What's odd is that the spike never happens within the first two hours after the meal; it's hours later that my blood sugar seems to continue to rise.
    Case in point: I ate a baked potato today with egg salad on toast; took an appropriate insulin dose based on my carb ratio (5u). About two hours after the meal, I checked and I was at 119—perfect. Then, about three hours later, I felt the symptoms of high BG: dry, sticky mouth, dry eyes, and I was groggy. I knew I was high. Checked again: 295. This was over five hours after eating.
    This has happened to me several times now and I think I'm going to have to retire potatoes from my diet. I've heard of certain foods causing sustained high BG or delayed rises (I often see a lot of Chinese food items counted among these, which I've also had experience with and can confirm), but I wonder what it is about potatoes that is making this happen. Does anyone have a similar experience with them? It's frustrating because I do love potatoes, but I can't have this happen.

  2. furball64801

    For me taters and toast would shoot me high right away, it might be the fact you put butter and was there any other toppings on the baked potato. Fat can delay a spike just a thought.

  3. KellyO

    Sorry...I don't have much problem w/ potatoes in that they act the way I'd expect. For me, pasta is trickier. Just cooked pasta usually causes a delayed spike (2-3 hours after eating). If the pasta is cold (e.g, pasta salad), the spike occurs when I'd think it would so matching insulin isn't that hard.
    Not sure if you pump or are on MDI...if pumping you can try a dual wave bolus and see if it makes a difference. If on MDI you can split your injections in a similar manner (some up front, some a bit later to cover the delayed spike).
    If nothing works, you can try reducing the amount of potatoes you're eating...sometimes a smaller amount of a problem food is easier to handle. Sometimes the overall volume of food eaten can cause delayed spikes. Like, a huge bowl of lettuce while fairly low carb can cause BGs to rise so, potatoes + an overall large meal might cause a problem. Or skip taters altogether There are some foods I've found just aren't worth the effort.

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