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Hello I am a MODY diabetic, diagnosed since I was a child, and with my sugar levels controlled only by diet.
But I think this information can be useful for both type 1 and especially type 2 patients.
I recently performed some experiments with my glucose meter and found something quite extraordinary.
Let´s imagine 3 scenarios:
A) I eat 50 grams of oats with water for breakfast
B) I eat 50 grams of oats, but I add yogurt (protein), for breakfast
C) I eat 50 grams of oats and yogurt, but I eat 5 blueberries or a bit (10ml) of orange juice 10-15mins before I eat the breakfast.
If I only eat oats (A), my sugar spikes to around 10.5 (185))
If I eat oats with yogurt (B), my sugar spikes to around 9.5 (170)
If I eat a small portion of fruit (C) before same breakfast, my sugar spikes only to 8.5 (145)
I repeated this experiment several times, and prickled my finger every 20min to follow the spike. I also repeated the same experiment but during lunch and dinner and the same effect was observed.
What I have concluded?
My pancreas is known to produce insulin but be lazy (after the high spikes, I get my glucose levels down to around 6 (110). So I assumed that my pancreas reaction is slow. I realized that I could trick it by triggering the production of insulin by just ingesting a very small portion of something sweet.
Fruit that is not too sweet is ideal, because it´s safe to eat and also I am eating only a small amount. Also because the fructose gets quickly digested to glucose within minutes, it will quickly trigger the pancreas to start insulin production. Citrus are known to reduce spikes and they are also a great choice, but I found eating 5 blueberries a easy way to make it work.
By doing this, I managed to keep my spikes much lower.
The same effect is supported by also consuming protein together with the carbs, and during lunch I often eat the protein before the carbs too, and a salad too.
I limit my carbs to about a max of 35 grams per meal and the spikes are relatively low. I eat absolutely no processed food and nothing with sugar or sweeteners (bananas are about the sweetest thing I eat).
Please note that this experiment worked for me. It might not work for you but I think it can at least help many type 2 diabetics.
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