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20 Reasons For Blood Sugar Swings

Upswing: Caffeine Your blood sugar can rise after you have coffee -- even black coffee with no calories -- thanks to the caffeine. The same goes for black tea, green tea, and energy drinks. Each person with diabetes reacts to foods and drinks differently, so it's best to keep track of your own responses. Ironically, other compounds in coffee may help prevent type 2 diabetes in healthy people. Many of these will raise your blood sugar levels. Why? They can still have plenty of carbs from starches. Check the total carbohydrates on the Nutrition Facts label before you dig in. You should also pay attention to sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol. They add sweetness with fewer carbs than sugar (sucrose), but they may still have enough to boost your levels. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who switched to a vegan (or all vegetable-based) diet had better blood sugar control and needed less insulin. A boost in fiber from whole grains and beans might play a role, by slowing down the digestion of carbs. But scientists need more research to know if going vegan really helps diabetes. Talk to your doctor before you make major diet changes. Blood sugar can dip dangerously Continue reading >>

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  1. WDON

    Pizza and glucose

    I'm a type-2 diabetic, diagnosed Oct 2014, and I'm familiar with what those in the know warn regarding pizza. Except that my experience seems quite different.
    We have a place nearby (Pizzeria Orso, Falls Church, VA) which serves the best Neapolitan pizza I've found this side of Napoli, and we go once a fortnight or so. After my diagnosis I went with trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it all worked a great deal better than I'd been led to expect. This evening, for instance, I had half a large pizza at 6 PM and checked my glucose at two-hour intervals for the next six hours, having a snack of a chocolate-chip cookie (whole wheat flour) and about an ounce of leftover veal at 10 PM. At 8 PM I got 107 mg/dl declining to 94 at midnight.
    The one thing I can think of that would have a significant effect is cheese, or lack thereof. I have a genetic metabolic defect that severely interferes with digestion of cheese and so I have very, very little of it on my pizza. I do, however, have fatty sausage (as well as onions and red peppers). And of course there's no getting around the fact that it has crust (although of course the Neapolitan style has quite a thin one).
    Needless to say, I'm glad to be able to indulge, but a bit mystified.

  2. Victory1

    I don't know much about you personally but I have found that I can tolerate a variety of foods as long as I don't eat them often. I had some of my thick pizza crust last week from my fav pizza place, and a piece of white Mediterranean bread and I thought for sure I was in trouble. Nope. My numbers were quite low. My fasting was in the low 100s as well. It's like my body gives me a pass every now and then.
    I did this with another food a few months ago thinking, hey, no problem...I can eat this. So I ate the high carb food one day. My BG was great. I ate the exact same food the next day and my bg shot thru the roof. So.... maybe everything needs to be in moderation.

  3. WDON

    Interesting. As my doctor says, it's all more complicated and less predictable than the books and rules lead us to believe. And moderation and variety are important.

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