Should I increase or eliminate oatmeal in my diabetic diet? And if I should increase, is there a specific kind I should be eating to help?
There are plenty of things you could be eating as a diabetic that aren't good for your diabetes diet—like these seemingly healthy low-carb options. But oatmeal is not one of those seemingly bad options—it's an actual good option! I am a diabetic and I eat oatmeal at least 2-3 times a week. I don't and haven't had any issues with it. I do try to eat the lower-sugar kind, which has about 26g of carbs. If you're looking for other low-carb breakfast options you may consider barley cereal.
There are other small changes you can make in your diet that will have a big effect, too! Like these six simple food and cooking technique swaps. If weight is a concern, consider following these 12 ways to lose weight and manage your diabetes.
Bottom line is, keep enjoying your oatmeal unless your physician tells you otherwise!
My doctor just told me I have diabetes type 2. Naturally I am in denial right now. I am very confused on what I can and cannot eat. I'm also a occasional drinker and we have dinner parties with friends. I only drink beer and a margarita once in awhile. Is there any material that can tell diabetic's what we can eat and drink. I feel like my life has come to an end!!!
Guys I forgot to mention in my post- What really makes me wonder is
a diabetic always has a problem with wound healing YET here I am, months before this visit my kitty in the past 1 year had so many times given me love bites, playful scratches and bites and each got sealed and healed normally
even the finger pricks to check the levels, jabs when they injected the insulin about 15 jabs in 3 days each sealed This is baffling me big time
Another question that comes to mind is, how can one have high and low blood sugar at the same time? Yes I did, on 2 occassionsn months apart in the past feel nasuea and a cold sweat and had to sit down and drink something sweet , so each time I thought it was low blood pressure -I wonder if one can really understand ones body!
I found out that I have diabetes today. Your story is one of the first I have read, thank you so much for the encouraging words!!!
God Bless you and Thank you for your service to our great nation,
Amazing. You need to check this out. Diabetes can be reversed by nothing more than a severe low-calorie diet. Of course you have to have a doctor that is open to monitoring your progress. Good Luck.
Oatmeal, grains and starches will affect everyone " differently". If you are on medications, you may do fine with oatmeal. Another thing to do is to test the SPIKE of the oatmeal, one hour from your first bite : also called the one hour postprandial blood glucose. I tested my spike one hour (165 to 175), and it was two high for what I consider my personal tight glucose targets. Since I keep an eye on which foods SPIKE me, and therefore put an extra burden on the beta cells and pancreas, I chose to give my friend my new box of oatmeal. If you are on meds or insulin, you may be OK, but since I am not on meds, and food is my medicine -- I keep an eye on which food spike my blood glucose HIGH. If oatmeal does not pose a problem for your blood glucose, then you can add cinnamon, and/or some nuts or milk to make it even healthier. Whenever you are unsure about a food, you can do a blood glucose test for either one or two hours postprandial (after meal ) level, to see how this food affects. Some starches and grains increase blood sugar more than pure cane sugar.
You can also read up on testing postprandial, or ask your doctor. Since HIGH after meal readings are purportedly tied into increased risk of heart disease, they are worth checking here and there. :) Good Luck.
It sounds like you're like me I'm not on meds I had a read of 6.4 and I went into panic mold, my doctor says I'm borderline if I don't take care I can become diabetic and I'm scared to death. So I'm so afraid of what to eat. I took my blood sugar this morning with a meter and it was 126 is that high, I had not eaten anything.
Agreed. I too am not on meds after trying Metformin which caused awful effects all day long. Oatmeal (old fashion with skim milk) raises my blood sugar to similar levels in 2 hr. test. I better give it up.
Bread and starchy vegetables cause blood sugar spikes too. So, no more bread, starchy vegetables, cereals of any kind including oatmeal, and of course no sugar-sweets.
Fortunately grilled or baked fish and green vegetables, peppers, fresh fruit, almonds are delicious.
126 in the morning pre fast is high. Your normal ranges are 80 to 110 , up to 120 for a diabetic for fasting blood glucose. If you are waking up to 125, or more, that is considered the diabetic threshold at 125. You should start exercising, and try not to eat carbs in the evening, or near bedtime. A healthy A1c is under 6. But, you are not too far off. You can discuss this more with your doctor or nutritionist, Wish you the best.
I am updating my comment. I have discovered a whole new world of oats and grains I can now eat, with no adverse effects. My numbers do better if I don't eat oats first thing in the morning. Better later on as a snack or another meal. I have tried Irish Oats which I boil for 5 minutes, a half a cup in water, with cinnamon and top with a bit of organic skim milk and splenda. My two hour levels were normal !! So, now I know that you have to try stuff --- there are quick oats, old fashioned, Irish, Scottish, and steel cut oats. So, I can't do the quick oats and old fashioned, but I can definitely eat the Irish oats -- slower glycemic effect, and may try the Scottish sometime. The steel cut oats are also lower glycemic--- because it has all the fiber, and not so processed -- better on your blood sugar. The key to the steel cut oats is maybe make them in a crock, because they take a half an hour.
Breads I can eat: Ezekiel breads ( like cinnamon) -- I make French Toast with the Sesame and Maple grove Farms Sugar free syrup -light. YUM. And Stone Ground Whole Wheat wraps when I am craving a sandwich. There is a difference between WHOLE grain, and just grain. So, if this helps anyone..... since I am not on meds, I watch more, but I am happy to report these grains have been fine even at breakfast for me. Once in a while, you crave your favorites -- just a few changes now.
Quick mention : there are two new insulins being tested right now: One is a capsule form : Oramed, and the other is a spray (buccal form), called Oral-lyn. I think these will be the wave of the future for people that can't tolerate metformin, or who are borderline, and need a boost. Hugs and Happy Holidays !
i eat 3/4 cup oatmeal and a splash of milk and some sliced strawberries. 3 hours later my sugar is 245. too many carbs?
Well, I am sorry to say oatmeal is not good for you, as you are more sensitive to it. I do not know what meds you are on, or how well controlled your diabetes is. I found i can eat rolled thick oats like McCann's, with Splenda and low fat milk, and it does not raise my BGS after two hours. Your response just shows us how different people react differently to specific foods, and that there is not always a one size fits all answer. And that it also depends on the progression of one;s diabetes. Wish you well.
As long as you are using Splenda, you don't need to concern yourself with diabetes because the Splenda is likely to kill you before the diabetes has time to do so.
Good grief ! Take your head out of the sand
I agree. Use Stevia. Much better and no chemicals.
100 or below is best acc to what I've read. Excercise,cinnamon,very low carbs, very low glycemic index foods, no sugar no starch and pure water for starters. Add supplements like alpha -lipoic acid, milk thistle and vinegar/cinnamon/barberin to lower blood clucose more naturally. Metaformin is one of the lesss bad meds, if needed. And don't be a couch potato ! ! Move. Rich Schultz health-nut
I have tested positive about about a month ago for type 2
Florence I have been waking up in the morning with 110 and going to bed with 106 to 107 and have been watching what I eat. I wanted some oatmeal in the morning so I made some and tested myself a hour and a half later and my sugar level was 235 so I guess no more oatmeal for me. Can you tell me some of what you may eat from day to day please. Thank You. I have tested positive about about a month ago for type 2
From one Taylor to another, it's not high high, but you need to get a handle on it before it does. !35 is what most Docs consider borderline.
As part of a varied diet composing and based on a broad range of foods, oatmeal can be a very valuable food addition -- of course, "which" oatmeal is consumed, how much is eaten per serving, etc. must be ascertained and dealt with accordingly.
I find that I have tighter control (expected testing results) when I use "old-fashioned", thickly rolled oats and ESPECIALLY groats or "cracked" groats as in Scottish or Irish presentation... Any of the flavoured, quick or instant variations cause my system to react as if I've just pigged out on glazed doughnuts...
If oatmeal is to be the main portion of a meal, I prepare it with fruit and nuts OR savoury with onions, chopped vegetables and maybe even bits of chicken or meat. I also use oatmeal in preparing quick breads, "serious" cookies or muffins (hardly sweetened and served with unsweetened fruit butters) or as thickening agent in soups, stews and one-dish meals.
I eat oatmeal every morning. I use the rough cut type, add a little sweetener, some plain cocoa, some blueberries, strawberries, cranberries (unsweetened) 1/2 banana and a little oleo. It is great, filling, and does not spike my blood sugar. I am on an insulin pump and so I provide the proper dosage and reap the benefits.
It has lowered my cholesterol levels and my blood pressure and my endocrinologist says to stick with it.
I eat it everyday. Just because I have diabetes, I cannot forget my chloesterol. Louise Leibman
I think it is good for the diabetic diet because of the fiber and if you don't load it down with sugar and canned fruit I believe it is all good. I eat mine with 1/2 cup fresh fruit like blueberrys, fresh apple with a tespoon of cinnimom and love it. Pat
Not to go against the crowd, but I avoid grains like oatmeal. My carb intake is 6 grams for breakfast, 12 for lunch, and 12 for dinner. It does not take much oatmeal to get 6 grams of carb, so I avoid it all together. I am a Type I diabetic and have had diabetes for 40 years . I eat according to the Dr. Berstein diet and my HbA1c is 5.5.
please send me what is dr.berstein diet ..My diabetics is not getting controlled though i got 3 different types of medications..
hope your diet plan may help to me. you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org directly i really appreciate your help..
If you have had diabetes for forty years, you must begin by firing your doctor, who is without any possibility of disputation, a moron or a criminal.
Diagnosed 11 years ago with acute diabetes, told I would have to take insulin shots every day. M O R O N S! To this day, not a single dose of insulin has been introduced into my body. It only encourages your body to stay sicker
1) If you stop asking your pancreas to produce insulin. Avoid carbs after lunchtime and keep them low for breakfast. If you're eating oatmeal, for example, add some cinammon; it lowers the glycemic indexand supplement with chromium, it should not take more than 100 days or so for you to be free of diabetes.
MAGICAL SECRET: Anything you eat that has any notable glycemic index? Just eat 6 to 12 "raw" almonds before eating the food. Even ice cream's glycemic index is lowered significantly when you eat those almonds.
2) No one in the diabetes industry wants to cure this scourge, not with 18 million people testing themselves at many dollars per day, plus the drugs.
Stop listening to people who have a financial interest in your being sick. Approximately EVERYTHING but death itself has natural answers, and triply so when you use QRA (Quantum Reflex Analysis).
Learn more so you can live more!! I follow Dr. David Cohen's advice, and have reaped so many healthful benefits.
Wishing all of you the very best outcomes, you might also want to listen to Dr. Bob Marshall on Healthline broadcasts. The man and his wife are prolific health innovators. Dr. Cohen is one of his hundreds of referral practitioners. QRA is 21st century nutrition for people who seek to get away from the medical paradigm that does not serve our best interests.
As long as you pair your carbs with fat and protein properly, your spikes will be under some semblance of control.
I did this exact thing for 9 months. A1c went from 6.8 down to 5.3. Lipids are near perfect. Blood pressure perfect. And I did this without a single medication or insulin.
I just ate some fatty beef or fatty sausage, cooked on a geroge foreman grill to drain off the excess fat.
example: 2oz of cooked and drained sausage, 1.5 cups of cheerios, 1 medium banana, 1 cup whole milk. As long as I didn't sit on my butt, my spikes were well within the normal range.
You cannot eat and sit or eat and sleep if you want good control.
Try the exact same breakfast 2 days in a row.
1st day, eat and sit for 3 hours, testing every hour.
Next day, same exact meal at the same time, but this time don't sit. Move around some, even go shopping.
Exercise makes insulin work better.
Oatmeal is great for diabetics because of the fiber, however, you can't eat it without pairing it and moving around afterward.
You can use this formula: 3-2-1
3g of fat
2g of protein
1g of carbs
Follow that and your numbers should drop like a rock. But be careful though. If you are on insulin or some medications, you could go hypo easily.
Thank you so much for thsi info. I just found out my AlC was 6.9 on Dec. 1st. The doctor wanted to put me on meds. and I refused. I decided to watch what I eat, and have lost 15 lbs. and have been walking 30 minutes 5 days a week. I was confused about oatmeal. I eat oatmeal in the morning not every morning, and put cinnamon on it. I also, put a little peanute butter and drizzle with honey. After reading some articles if oatmeal is good for diabetics. I tested my reading 1 hour after and it wasn't what I wanted, it was 187. I think it was the honey, some times I put blueberries, and fruit, maybe I shouldn't use peanut butter. What diet program can you suggest to follow? I have cut carbs less than 50 per meal. I need more guidiance. I am like you I believe I can cure myself of diabeties, if I do things right. Thank you for you time
The person whp osted is a TYPE 1 diabetic, i.e. they do not have active beta cells and thus produce no insulin whatsoever. No matter who the doctor or what they eat, they will have diabetes for life unfortunately. Maintaining an HgA1c at 5.5. after 40 years is great, more power to him. Insulin is necessary for a type 1 diabetic to live as they do not produce any of their own.
Dr Neal Barnard. Diabetic diet. Basically veggies only. But it has some great recipe's. It just takes a little preperation.
you might want to increase your physical activity. I joined a gym and my numbers came tumbling down. I was shocked and amazed. Now I watch my intake and go to the gym every other day.
Very informative, thanks!
Thanks Lee Nicholls- Your post has made me feel positive-Now I am aware when to incoporate the oats in the diet- I plan to beat this disease and be free and I know I will do it
I have been eating Oatmeal for several months plane right out of the box no sugar nothing added. Recently I was diagnosed with type 2 and put on medication. When I got out of the hospital (because my sugar had gone so high) I was checking my numbers like 10 times a day. Day 3 out of the hospital I had a bowl of Oatmeal and my sugar level spiked to 210. I felt bad for a while until it got back down. Chalked it up to the Metformin. Two weeks later after I felt adjusted to the Metformin I tried again and got a similar number. It befuddles me how something with no sugar could spike me so high but it is now on my list of do not eat. I think everyone is different when it comes to different foods.
Grains, Sweets, Legumes, Starchy Vegetables, and some fruits often spike a diabetic's blood sugar. They're just too high in carbs, and they all turn into sugar in the body and the bloodstream.
Oatmeal is very good for diabetics, but like anything, eat it in moderation. It is not a medication or cure. It is just a great food!
I am diabetic and allergic to wheat and I suspect all glutens. Since oats contain gluten, I avoid them. Even non-gluten grains and I do not get along. I can keep my blood sugar numbers within tight range, but I cannot lose weight if I eat grains. I may be able to tolerate gluten free grains when I reach my goal weight, but if I find that a little causes cravings, I will keep them out of my lifestyle. I can't stand cravings....
I love oatmeal I too am a diabetic and I never had a problem with cholestrial and my blood work comes back very good every year
As part of a varied diet composed from a broad range of foods
I believe oatmeal is good for you, just get it plain.
yes, no sugar and good for cholesteral.
yes. Just have to watch carb count.
i eat rolled oats every day abiut 5 oz. boil water and cook for 3 min or less depends. i use stevia as sweetened with whole milk (not too much). taste great.
I heard that Steel Cut Oatmeal is better because it takes longer to digest and so your sugar level doesn't spike as much, can anyone support this? I do know that when my mom eats regular oatmeal her blood sugar is always up that day.
Not sure myself
Diagnosed 11 years ago with acute diabetes, told I would have to take insulin shots every day. M O R O N S! To this day, not a single dose of insulin has been introduced into my body. It only encourages your body to stay sicker
1) Stop asking your pancreas to produce insulin.
2) Avoid carbs after lunchtime and keep them low for breakfast. If you're eating oatmeal, for example, add some cinammon; it lowers the glycemic index, and
3) Supplement with chromium, it should not take more than 100 days or so for you to be free of diabetes. MAGICAL SECRET: Anything you eat that has any notable glycemic index? Just eat 6 to 12 "raw" almonds before eating the food. Even ice cream's glycemic index is lowered significantly when you eat those almonds. 2) No one in the diabetes industry wants to cure this scourge, not with 18 million people testing themselves at many dollars per day, plus the drugs. Stop listening to people who have a financial interest in your being sick.
Approximately EVERYTHING but death itself has natural answers, and trebly so when you use QRA (Quantum Reflex Analysis).
Learn more so you can live more!! I follow Dr. David Cohen's advice, and have reaped so many healthful benefits. Wishing all of you the very best outcomes, you might also want to listen to Dr. Bob Marshall on Healthline broadcasts. The man and his wife are prolific health innovators. Dr. Cohen is one of his hundreds of referral practitioners. QRA is 21st century nutrition for people who seek to get away from the medical paradigm that does not serve our best interests.
Hello, I read with great interest your post on oatmeal for diabetics, I hope you can help me out.
My fasting daily glucose ranges from 100- 120 in the mornings, I have
just started taking GTF Chromium twice a day for about 4 weeks now
and I try to avoid any high carb meals. Does Chromium take about 3
months to work to lower your readings?
I live in Florida, is thir any way to contact this Dr. Cohen you mentioned
and does he use QRA?
I am trying to find a doctor that uses alternative methods to treat their
patients as I do not want to get on any medications.
Thanks so much,
go to www.healthline.cc - you can get their number off the site and they can refer you to a QRA practitioner in your area. :)
when i eat oatmeal right before i go to bed with splenda and alittle milk my morning blood sugar is 97 - 106.
It makes my blood sugar spike like crazzzzzy.. Like up to 250 from 100. Yikes
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As you've seen in many replies, the outcome of eating oatmeal (or anything else for that matter) varies depending on a number of factors.
The only way to be sure is to test your blood glucose, preferably at the point when your average peak occurs. Based on frequent testing over time, I found my average peak occurs about 45 mins after my first bite, but your average peak may be different.
Clinical studies have documented that tissue damage occurs at 140mg/dl. Over time, I've adjusted my nutrition plan so my peak rarely exceeds 126mg/dl.
Recommend you get out your meter and test.
You say tissue damage occurs at 140. Is this after one time, or does it take hours and years for an organ or tissue to become damaged by elevated bg? I may be prediabetic, have been testing for a few months now..depending on what I eat a few times a bg 2 hrs after a meal was over 140 ..I am working on carbs / portion control to help keep my levels under 140 pref 120. Are these over 140 but never so far over 160 hurting my organs and tisuues.. any advice would be helpful..thanks!
Each time blood glucose exceeds 140mg/dl, the most susceptible/sensitive/weak tissues that blood comes in contact with are the first to be damaged. Those tissues (which are made up of cells) could be anywhere in the body. Most obvious are blood vessels themselves. That's why diabetics experience cardiovascular disease.
Each time blood glucose spikes occur, a little more damage accumulates. If the body can't repair the damage, or repairs that do occur aren't effective, the net result is continued tissue/cell deterioration.
The good news: If blood glucose spikes over 140mg/dl are eliminated before significant damage has occurred, the body can often repair the damage over time.
I am pre-diabetic. Oatmeal causes my blood sugar to go from 100 to 120 in 1 hr, but it takes many hours to get back to 100. I am over 100 the next morning. I process (in a food processor) quick rolled oats for 2 min 40 sec and add chocolate syrup/water and form an "oatcake." This method with chocolate syrup is actually less glycemic than eating sugar-free oatmeal. I will probably have to give up eating oats, however. I had to just give up fruit - even a small amount and my blood sugar goes from 100 to 170 in 1 hr.
I wanted to update my answer. I've been adding my quick rolled oats (food processor - 2 min 40 sec) to almond butter and I've had good results. It seems to have little or no impact on my blood sugar, according to my glucose meter. I take 60 grams of raw almond butter, mix with either a stevia/inulin packet or stevia liquid and then mix with 15-30 grams of oats. It's still carbs, but I make sure to keep my daily carb intake low with soy milk and other low net carb foods. Peanut butter combined with oats might even work better.
Try lower glycemic fruits like strawberries, any berries, plums.
yes it is good for health as well as for diabetes....
I need anyone can give me a good answer