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For Diabetics: Eat Peanut Butter to Lower Blood Sugar Level

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      5 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Sorry to hear about that, Cheryl. My doctor prescribed Glipizide. Each pill is only 5MG, but my blood sugar is always in a good range.

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      CHERYL JACKSON 

      5 months ago

      THANK YOU. I WILL TRY THIS. MY BLOOD SUGAR GOES VERY HIGH. THE OTHER DAY IT WAS 566. NOW IT IS BACK DOWN TO 364. TIRED OF FEELING BAD. I HAVE BEEN DIABETIC FOR 11 YEARS. BEEN TO NUTRITIONISTS AND NOT GETTING ANYWHERE. I WANT SOME RELIEF

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      Gary Williams 

      6 months ago

      Kidney transplant 2 years, diabetic over 30 years. Peanut butter will not lower blood sugar but raise it. That is what I eat when my blood sugar is to low.

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      MaryLou 

      7 months ago

      I hate Peanut butter, though.

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      Sarah 

      15 months ago

      Cinnamon works great for me. I actually take 2 cinnamon supplements daily and will have oatmeal with cinnamon every morning. It helps keep my sugars on average 60-80 points lower throughout the day. If it's particularly high from something I ate I'll take more and it'll lower my levels by 80-100 pts within an hour.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      16 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Anna, for your suggestions. I will look you up on Facebook as you suggested.

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      Terrie Lynn 

      17 months ago from Canada

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

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      AnJa 

      17 months 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

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      18 months ago from Richmond, VA

      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.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      18 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      Patti.cake 

      18 months ago

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

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      Terrie Lynn 

      19 months ago from 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Leon, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Leon 

      19 months ago

      I tried it before..

      Thanks for sharing your articles.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      Sherlene 

      20 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      Frankie (female) 

      20 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      23 months ago from Richmond, VA

      meloncauli, thanks for your detailed explanation.

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      meloncauli 

      23 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      23 months ago from Richmond, VA

      WOW Edenright6! That's fantastic! Congratulations!

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      Edenright6@yahoo.com 

      23 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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      BOB 

      2 years ago

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

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      diane827.65@gmail.com 

      2 years 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.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      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.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      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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      Rosie Rose 

      6 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,

      Rosie

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      editorsupremo 

      6 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      ed 

      6 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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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      jdove-miller 

      6 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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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

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

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      meloncauli 

      6 years ago from UK

      Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      dinkan53, thanks for your information about natural peanut butter.

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