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For Diabetics: Eat Peanut Butter to Lower Blood Sugar Level
Type 2 Diabetes
People who have Type 2 diabetes have been willing to share information about what works for them. Everybody is different and everything doesn't work the same way for everyone.
Some advice might be good for some and not so good for others. Therefore, eating a spoonful of peanut butter might not work for everyone suffering from the disease.
A Wakeup Call
I was diagnosed with diabetes when I had my annual physical at the beginning of the year. My blood work 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 wake-up 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 right from the jar and nothing more. To have variety, I buy chunky peanut butter which aids in lowering my blood sugar even quicker because of the nuts in it.
What has been written is my personal testimony about my experience. What worked for me may or may not work for you.
Please Share Tips
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 best for you?