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Tue Aug 06 17:17:38 EDT 2013

I am eating Quaker High Fiber instant oatmeal. carbs 34 & fiber 10. Why would I still have a high BG 2 hr later 150 - `165 but 3 hr later under 125.
Asked By: keywestjoan  

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I realize the numbers I am giving ARE in the range for ADA #'s but not endocrinologist goal #'s. Maybe I shouldn't be so concerned but thinking of the ultimate test...A1C. trying to get that down. went from 8.9 to 7.4 yahoo but want to keep it that way or lower. I am on 21U at bedtime Levemier. In advance thank you for any tips or guidance. Joan
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Expert Answers (1)
2013-10-11 22:04:18.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Carbohydrates come in various forms. Some foods rich in carbohydrates are more easily digested and absorbed into the blood stream, They increase blood glucose more rapidly. Other high carbohydrate foods take longer. Finely processed instant oatmeal would have a different effect on blood glucose than old-fashion oats or steel cut oats. Less processed whole foods take longer to digest and be absorbed.

Each person responds differently to the same carbohydrate food. Other foods in the meal also impacts blood glucose. Did you include milk with your oatmeal? And some fruit or fruit juice? What types and intensity of physical activity did you have that morning? Even if a person does everything and eat everything exactly the same on the very next day, blood glucose readings would differ.

It is important to regularly check blood glucose levels. This way you would know how best to proceed.

Know what to do and what not to do in response to different ranges of blood glucose. You are better able to keep blood glucose levels within a safe range and avoid or delay the complications of diabetes.

Take care

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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Community Answers (4)
2014-02-04 18:43:16.0

I'm a long term type 2 diabetic who loves oatmeal. I've found that Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats sweetened with stevia has a very low impact on my glucose levels. I successfully use lifestyle only control.
Answered By: vivianeagleson

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2014-02-04 10:28:57.0

I get frustrated when I read questions like this because it is so simple for me to control my blood sugar. Its all about your mouth and what goes into it! When I eat something, I test 2 hours later and if my BS is high, then I don't eat that again. If you know how many carbs you are eating in that food, then that many carbs are too much! Go lower by 5 carbs next time and test again in 2 hours.......... keep cutting down the number of carbs until your BS isn't high anymore. THAT is the # of carbs you can eat without spiking. You do have to take into account the TOTAL # of carbs in that meal. Check all the labels and add them up. I realize that there are simple carbs and complex carbs so where I can eat an orange with 15-20 carbs and not spike my BS, I cannot eat 4 marshmallows (same carb value) because my BS spikes. Its all about experimenting and testing. The simple answer is that if your BS spikes, don't eat that again! My A1C has not gone over 6.5 since I was diagnosed. My motivation is that I try to beat the last A1C.... even if it is by .1 at least I beat it. I definately don't want the consequences of diabetes.
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2014-02-04 10:28:50.0

I get frustrated when I read questions like this because it is so simple for me to control my blood sugar. Its all about your mouth and what goes into it! When I eat something, I test 2 hours later and if my BS is high, then I don't eat that again. If you know how many carbs you are eating in that food, then that many carbs are too much! Go lower by 5 carbs next time and test again in 2 hours.......... keep cutting down the number of carbs until your BS isn't high anymore. THAT is the # of carbs you can eat without spiking. You do have to take into account the TOTAL # of carbs in that meal. Check all the labels and add them up. I realize that there are simple carbs and complex carbs so where I can eat an orange with 15-20 carbs and not spike my BS, I cannot eat 4 marshmallows (same carb value) because my BS spikes. Its all about experimenting and testing. The simple answer is that if your BS spikes, don't eat that again! My A1C has not gone over 6.5 since I was diagnosed. My motivation is that I try to beat the last A1C.... even if it is by .1 at least I beat it. I definately don't want the consequences of diabetes.
Answered By: gcb51

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2013-08-30 17:22:55.0

Different foods affect people differently. I understand because I too have a problem with high BS after eating oatmeal unless I have additional protein. The cinnamon swirl in the brand you are talking about only has about 4 grams of protein. When I have oatmeal I also have egg whites for extra protein. Sometimes I cook them separately and sometimes I use them in place of part of the water. Hope this helps--it won't be long until cooler weather and oatmeal really hits the spot then!
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