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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.
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.
If 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?