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6/1/12 7:33 P

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Thank you all for the posts. I love oatmeal. I'm fairly new to diabetes, and just love reading posts...there's so much to learn, and you all are helping soooo much.
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6/1/12 7:15 A

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CalGal the best way to avoid the spikes are to add a protein with one serving of steel cut oatmeal. Love the egg white flax seed oil suggestion. I take flax seed every day to help with my cholesterol. I also take red rice yeast in the evening. Kathy has mentioned that statin drugs are based on red rice yeast. The combination has worked so far for me. At this point in my life it seems to be my liver that is producing the extra cholesterol.

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5/31/12 7:53 P

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I learn so much more being on this board and one other. Thanks everyone for your info and input! We all vary so much its impossible to have a one size fits all mentality

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5/31/12 7:13 P

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being insulin dependent makes it difficult to STAY at ANY level for LLOONNGG periods for me. I usually spike after meals but am back down near normal a couple hours later. Doc said because of the brittleness I have attained (42 years) I should NOT try to STAY in 'normal' range for fear of going too low. I work on keeping my A1c around 6.5.

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5/31/12 5:45 P

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I kind of assumed that was the case, I'm still in the camp of never go above 140. In fact, if I stay less than 110, I'm usually feeling much better than if I let them climb above that.

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5/31/12 5:36 P

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Just to clarify. My endo says 180 max for 30 mins to 1 hr after eating. Not the 2 hr to be back to normal.

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5/31/12 3:41 P

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I eat oatmeal often and buy the sugar free packs and have fruit with it.

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5/31/12 3:25 P

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I eat it almost every day. I am careful not to eat too much and always have a side of protien.




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5/31/12 2:41 P

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I love steel cut oats. I add a tsp. of peanut butter to it and that seems to take care of the huge spike.

A 180 post eating B.S. -- YIKES! My endo is in the 140 or less camp. Me too. I feel better.

My B.S. does tend to rise a bit after exercise, not much -- maybe 10 points -- then it's down in range.

FBS in the a.m. parameters 75 - 100. (I am consistent @ 75)
2 hrs. post meals : no higher than 140.

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5/31/12 12:35 P

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Good info here...I have the spikes after oatmeal so usually leave it alone but I really LIKE it. It helps me feel full longer, too. I usually add cinnamin and raisins & butter or other fruit for sweetness. Will try adding the protein to slow it down some, or maybe the peanut butter would love to be able to have it more than once or twice a month.

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5/31/12 12:11 P

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Gemini, as a low carb enthusiast I strive to keep my spikes under 120. I don't mind an occasional spike below 140, but I prefer the lower numbers due to the research I've read. I know everyone has their own preference. I prefer a very flat bsg level. No spikes, no lows. That is what I work towards.

Two hour number..........108 I guess if I exercise right at breakfast I can do this. Will update at 3 hours
Three hour...100

Edited by: CALGAL98 at: 5/31/2012 (13:20)
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5/31/12 11:43 A

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I'll ask the question the next time I see her. ThankYou...
I just did some research on the internet....

After a Meal

After a meal, blood sugar levels may rise to 140 milligrams per deciliter even if you are not diabetic. A diabetic's level may rise to 180 mg/dL or more.

Considerations

To keep blood sugar levels stable, diabetics should eat approximately the same amount of carbohydrates at each meal. Fat should be limited because it causes blood sugar levels to stay high.

Pre-Meal

Pre-meal blood sugar levels are between 70 and 100. For a diabetic, the span is increased to between 70 and 130.

I know you can't always believe what you read but these are some basics....









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5/31/12 11:37 A

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Yow! I'm not sure I can agree with your endo. My research shows that above 140, you are doing damage. I strive to stay below 140 at all time.

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5/31/12 11:36 A

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When you eat, your BS does go up as it should. My endo says up to 180 is ok.
So 136 is GREAT !!!!

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5/31/12 11:33 A

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Ate my serving of oatmeal with a tablespoon of butter. Also ate a serving of cheese (no hard cooked eggs). I tested just before I got on my recumbent bike and was at 136 (ouch) after 30 mins on the recumbent I was back down to 102. Will edit this to get the two hour update. I can live with the 102...didn't care for the 136, though.

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5/31/12 11:22 A

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I put peanut butter in plain oatmeal. That worked for me in keeping the sugar to a reasonable level.

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5/31/12 11:08 A

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I do use Oatmeal for breakfast about once or twice a week. It does the expected raise in BG...but not worse than other equal carb amounts...and it doesn't stay up. So not really a Spike..just normal raise.

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5/31/12 11:01 A

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I have never been successful with oatmeal. No matter what I've tried it makes my blood sugar hit the roof later.
Good luck. If you find something that works please share. I miss oatmeal emoticon

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Here's some other ideas for protein. Egg white veggie omlet, Fruit smoothie with an egg white in it (not for me tho) !!!! Add flax seed meal to both of them. It also helps lower your bad cholesterol. I add flax seed meal or oil to almost everything, salads, soups, cooked veggies, yogurt etc.etc.
One of my favs is oatmeal and greek yogurt and fruit.

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5/31/12 10:34 A

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Okay, having the one serving of the steel cut oatmeal. adding some butter and will eat an egg. Will give results later. Going to finish breakfast and then do my recumbent.


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I do eat a 7 grain meal for breakfast. I have a protein to slow down the absorbtion of the carbs. Usually hard boiled egg whites or whatever left over meat we have from the night before dinner.

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5/31/12 10:23 A

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My best suggestion is to try a small portion and add fat to slow down the hit on your blood sugars. Even so, like me, you may end up deciding it's not worth it.

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5/31/12 10:19 A

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Okay, so I know grains spike ME, but would really like the benefits of eating oatmeal in the mornings. Does anyone use oatmeal, and if so what, if anything, do you do to reduce its impact on your blood sugar? I really need to get my ldl cholesterol levels down and am hoping that eating some oatmeal will help. Yes, I do understand the large particle/small particle concept of low carbing, but doc is pretty insistent that I consider/add statins to my meds. I DON"t want to.

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