For Diabetics: Eat Peanut Butter To Quickly Lower Blood Sugar Level

After having been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January 2012, I have been getting the hang of what raises my blood sugar level and what to do to lower it quickly.

People who have had the disease for years have been willing to share information about what works for them. What I have found is that every body is different and everything doesn't work for everyone.

While some advice is good, I have discovered that all the advice I have been receiving isn't for me. Therefore, I constantly do my own research and have discovered what is working for me.

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A Wakeup Call

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I had my annual physical at the beginning of the year. My bloodwork showed that I was diabetic with an AlC number of 7.9 with a blood sugar level of 180. I had no idea how long I had been a diabetic before it was discovered. However, it was definitely a wakeup call for me which prompted me to immediately change my eating habits.

My doctor put me on 500 mg of metformin twice a day. Metformin is the mildest form of diabetic medication. She informed me that it might be increased depending on how well my body adjusted to it.

Since I changed my eating habits right away, a month later, my blood sugar level had decreased to an average of 135. My doctor changed the dosage to 850 mg twice a day. My blood sugar average has now deceased to 122, which is good considering I am still in the process of making adjustments. In the meantime, I have lost 21 pounds since the discovery.


When Blood Sugar is High

Once I took my blood sugar after I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. I was shocked that it registered at 313. Therefore, I searched the internet and found a recommendation to eat two tablespoons of peanut butter. I did and within an hour my blood sugar had decreased to 116. I was amazed at how quickly that happened.

Now my cupboard will never be without peanut butter. I read that one woman said she always keeps peanut butter in her car. Now I eat peanut butter on apple slices and celery sticks rather than on crackers and bread. One diabetic friend says she eats one teaspoon of peanut butter in her morning oatmeal every single day without fail. My daughter says she puts peanut butter in her smoothies.

I have acquired the habit now of just eating a teaspoon of peanut butter at least once a day. Sometimes it is along with something else. Often it is just peanut butter that I eat and nothing else. To have variety, I buy chunky peanut butter which aids in lowering my blood sugar even quicker because of the nuts in it.

It you have diabetes, please share your suggestions below. How do you lower your blood sugar level when it soars out of control? What works for you?

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

dinkan53, thanks for your information about natural peanut butter.

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meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Never heard of this. I would ask your doctor to be safe.

jdove-miller 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this hub. My mom is diabetic and her levels seem to spike arbitraily. I'll pass your peanut butter advice on to her. I'll let you know if it works for her.

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

jdove-miller, it definitely works for me. Hope it works for your mom. Let me know!

ed 4 years ago

lowlow carb hi protein diet my weight and my blood sugar have gone down. I highly recomened whey protien isolate as a replacement for two out of three meals.. drop the weight drop ur blood sugar its just that simple....

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

ed, thanks a lot for that tip and for sharing what works for you.

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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Interesting hub revmjm. I am a diabetic and always have a bottle of peanut butter in the cupboard. I use it in the evening as my final snack of the day before retiring to bed. It helps to keep my blood sugar levels stable during the night.

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

editorsupremo, thanks for confirming that peanut butter really works for lowing blood sugar levels.

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Rosie2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya revmjm, wow! what a wonderful discovery. I love peanut butter.. I usually have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, and even eat peanut butter from the jar while watching tv.

I'm sorry to hear you got diabetes, but I'm amazed at how you are coping and reducing weight at the same time. Congratulations, gf! Voted up and shared. Cheers!

Have a nice day,


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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Rosie2010, discovering I have diabetes was a wake up call for me. Fortunately, I have it under control.

I keep peanut butter and blueberries on hand!

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Wow! It's great to get a testimony from someone who knows what I am talking about.

I also discovered that blueberries have the same effect. 12 months ago

Thank you for your great advise , I have just recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on the very same day as my husband we both will use your tips.

BOB 7 months ago

For me I noticed it jacks my sugal numbers close to 200 after reading this 6 months ago

I gave up all grains. Blood sugar is lowest its been in 10 years. No more insulin injections either. Wheatbelly lifestyle

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revmjm 6 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

WOW Edenright6! That's fantastic! Congratulations!

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meloncauli 6 months ago from UK

Glad you found this helps you. I dont know if you know but full (good for you) fats when eaten with any meal will slow down the release of sugar generally so you dont spike so high. It's the spikes that do the damage. If you incorporate fats such as coconut oil, full fat butter, full fat plain yoghurt, avocados, nuts and seeds into your meals you will probably see your spikes fall. It means your sugar is raised for a couple more hours but never reaches such a high spike as before. Nuts are high in fat and I found wanuts and almonds to be the best. I was borderline diabetic but have reduced my sugars so I am out of that range now and considered normal....for the last 3 years!

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revmjm 6 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

meloncauli, thanks for your detailed explanation.

Frankie (female) 3 months ago

I also use cinnamon capsules, garlic, tumeric. I take one capsule of cinnamon in the morning and evening. I put garlic in everything I cook, the same goes for tumeric.

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revmjm 3 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

Oh, yes. I have heard those things work. Thanks for sharing that information with us.

Sherlene 3 months ago

I have pre diabetes. I am not taking any medicine for this and am trying to just lower my sugar level by eating healthier. I eat a lot of Trim Healty Moma recipes. It takes out many unhealthy foods and has shown me how to cook with spices and better ingredients. This week I checked my sugar levels and I went from 148 to 118 to 91. I have cut out sugar and have been watching my carbs. We still need carbs in our diet but I love carbs and sugar. By studying what works and prayer to succeed I feel good and feel like I'm on the right track.

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revmjm 3 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

Sherlene, you gave some good information. Thanks for sharing it. I am glad you are on the right track.

Leon 2 months ago

I tried it before..

Thanks for sharing your articles.

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revmjm 2 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

Leon, thanks for reading and commenting.

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Terrielynn1 2 months ago from Alberta, Canada

Just remember it has to be the natural peanut butter . Most store bought ones we are used too have too much icing sugar. I have peanut butter with crackers at bed times and it keeps me from spiking in the morning. Thank you for telling people.

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revmjm 2 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, Terrielynn, for reading and commenting. You have shared good advice.

Patti.cake 7 weeks ago

I bulk buy peanuts, shelled and unsalted and grind them in my food processor. No additives! Lovely taste!

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revmjm 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA Author

Patti.cake, what a great idea. I must try it!

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revmjm 4 weeks ago from Richmond, VA Author

Keep peanut butter on hand just in case your blood sugar goes up. Simply eat a spoonful. See how quickly your blood sugar will return to normal! Try it and see.

AnJa 2 weeks ago

Have you seen how much sugar is added to peanut butter? You are giving advice that could harm people! If is unsweetened peant butter, then say so!

How about just plain penuts? - natural and zero additives.

Everybody, please, please test to see if this really works and then only comment

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Terrielynn1 2 weeks ago from Alberta, Canada

I have and that's why I said the natural real stuff, not the regular store bought.

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