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Thu May 19 18:47:45 UTC 2011

My fasting sugar was 6.5. After two hours of having a heavy breakfast that included plenty of carbs, the reading was 5.5. How can that be possible?
Asked By: jessenia  
Category: Prediabetes

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This is the first time that my fasting sugar has risen to the prediabetic range. Is it just an anomally or should i be concerned? I am in my late sixties and in excellent health, I exercise daily and watch my diet.
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Expert Answers (1)
2011-05-20 19:16:42.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Glad that you are paying close attention to how your blood glucose (sugar) levels respond to meals.

Does your "heavy breakfast" include the typical protein foods, such as bacon, sausage, fried eggs, etc? These protein foods are also very high in fat.

Fat naturally slows digestion. If fried or deep fried, the fat would take even longer to be digested. Its presence also delays the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which may explain the lower blood glucose levels.

Consider some leaner protein foods for breakfast, such as low-fat cottage cheese, poached eggs, or low-fat peanut butter. Compare your blood glucose readings with your typical "heavy breakfast."

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2011-05-21 11:32:45.0

Hi Liz Thanks for the answer. My breakfast included one egg, two slices of whole grain bread, watermelon, sweet semolina porridge. The only fat in the breakfast was the little olive oil used. I would not consider this to be high in fat. Right?
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