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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Spirit, Community Member, asks

Q: is orange juice good for a diabetic?

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Cherise Nicole, Health Guide
2/ 3/09 10:57pm



Hello! OJ is ok for a diabetic to drink.  I personally do not drink it because it contains a lot of sugar and carbohydrates.  I would say try a small glass and check your blood sugar 2 hours late and make a decision from there.  I haven't had a glass of OJ since 2004...I sure do miss it.



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Marilyn, Community Member
2/ 5/09 10:30pm

A diabetic is allowed 1/2 cup of orange juice because of the high carbs.  If your sugar is more than 130, I wouldn't drink any as it will cause your blood sugar to climb.  Orange juice is very good for you, and it's always good to have it around when you are having a hypoglycemic event.  There is a 1500 rule when you have low sugar. If you have very low sugar (i.e. <70), eat or drink 15 grams of carbs then test your sugar in 15 minutes.  Continue this until your sugar is in the normal range.

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3/10/09 10:23am


Ray, Community Member
7/29/11 5:00pm

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3/26/12 10:39am


Diabeartes, Community Member
3/28/12 12:57pm

I'm surprised at the answer above from "about diabetes".  Orange juice is very high in sugar (as are most fruit juices) and I have always been advised to either not drink fruit juices except in moderation (1/2 glass as someone has suggested above), but it is a necessity if you are experiencing hypoglycemia (well, it's one method of raising your bg quickly).  It's better to eat an orange than to drink just the juice.

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By Spirit, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/11/13, First Published: 02/03/09