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Prayerful
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   Posted 2/3/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   

I hope someone can answer these several questions.

#1- Is it okay to eat apples? I've seen a lot of pros/cons on the web. Some say it is okay to eat apples and their GI is low. Others say don't eat apples because they have sugar.

#2- If okay to eat apples. Can two apples be eaten a day?

#3- When you are going to take your GS test, should it be 90 minutes after you FINISH your meal or 90 minutes from the FIRST bite of food?

#4- If you have an apple while waiting for your food which is going to be ready in about 10 or 15 minutes later, and you intend to take GS test, when should the 90 minutes begin? When you took first bite of apple, or when you actually started your meal which might be 10 or 15 minutes after finishing the apple?

$5- If your 90 minutes BS reading after eating an apple is, say 119, and your 90 minutes BS reading after eating turkey cutlets and stringbeans is 111 - what might your 90 minutes BS reading be after eating an apple and then eating the turkey cutlets? Would it be a total of the two? Someone asked me this question and it got me thinking and confused.

#6- Would anyone know if Colon Cleanse is okay to take?

Thanks for any 'definitive' answers.

male/72/pre


 
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LanieG
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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robert, I hope I can help with some of your questions.  #1 and #2.  Some people can eat apples with no problem; others can't.  The best way to find out is eat an apple and then test your blood sugar.  You might do well if you eat some peanuts or cheese with the apple.  The protein might help offset a spike if you have one.  Again. You'd have to test.  #3 and #4.  When you test your blood sugar, you're supposed to time it from when you begin eating.  I'd time it from when you eat the apple while waiting for the dinner to be ready.  I'd test 2 hours and 3 hours from the time you begin eating. #5.  No it wouldn't be the total of the two.  Example:  if you ate an apple at 6:00 while waiting for dinner in 10 minutes, and then ate your dinner, I think you should test your blood sugar at 8:00 and 9:00.  (Well, some people, like me, would also test at 7:00 just to see ......)  With the figures you give, it would more likely be somewhere between the two:  somewhere between 111 and 119, I'm guessing, but if you do this, please let us know, ok?  (When I was reading your question, I thought it was like a math question ... if a train leaves Cleveland going 50mph and another train leaves Philadelphia going 45 mph.....)  #6.  I haven't the slightest idea!

Lanie
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Prayerful
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   Posted 2/5/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you kindly for your answers.
 
After my 2/3 post I ate a whole (Delicious) apple. After 90 minutes BS reading was 138; 120 minutes later was 126. (What do you consider a "spike?" 138?)
(My 120 minute readings are always lower than 90 minute readings. Someone told me tests should always be done after 90 minutes. What do you think? I notice you mentioned 2-3 hours.)
I'll try again today or tomorrow with apple and some tuna fish (think tuna can be substituted for peanuts/cheese).
 
Would you or someone have an opinion on the small packets of Stevia Supreme (Stevita)? I use the dark (brown) liquid Stevia, but wanted something to take to restaurants for coffee and the bottle is a bit cumbersome to carry.
 
P.S. For those who take (or might want to take) Colon Cleanse. I did the 90 min test after taking Colon Cleanse yesterday and reading was 102, which I think is pretty good.
 
 
 
 
72 yr/male/pre/no med
 
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gelchick
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Stevia comes in tiny tablets for table use. They are packaged in a nice metal tin. I get them at Whole foods. You have to watch the packets- some brands are bulked up with maltodextrin, a form of starch. Maltodextrin does nothing to my blood sugar- but Bernstein cautions against its use, if you are following his program.
 
I find that the packets (depending on the brand) sometimes leave more of an aftertaste than the liquid- it may be because you dump a whole packet into a drink, but control the number of drops you use- I cannot use the packets to make syrup for my sweet tea, but I can use actual plant leaves or the liquid form with no problems.
sandy
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Prayerful
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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie:
Well, I ate the whole Delicious apple this AM and 1/2 can of tuna (3 ozs - drained water) and 90 min BS reading was 142; the 120 min reading was 133. I was a bit upset over the readinga; so I took another reading at 135 min (15 min later) and it was 122.
I think these were "high" and wonder what you think? I think I will stop eating apples or maybe just eat 1/2 if I have the urge to eat an apple. (I am a constant worrier, as you might have surmised.)
 
(My 120 minute readings are always lower than 90 minute readings (guess this is normal). Someone told me tests should always be done after 90 minutes. What do you think? I notice you mentioned 2-3 hours.)
 
 
 
72 yr/male/pre/no med
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 2/6/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robert, then try eating 1/2 an apple with the tuna and see how your blood sugar is.  When was the last time you saw your doctor?  Maybe you can call him/her and discuss this.  Maybe you need an adjustment to your meds or maybe you need to change some of the food you're eating.  In any case, I think you're stressing yourself out too much on this!
Lanie
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Prayerful
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   Posted 2/6/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie:
Yeah, I always work myself up when I see a reading that might be a little higher than I think it should be. Had annual in December. Almost the same as last 5 years or so. Fasting a little high (which it seems to be when I visit doctor for past many years - at home always low 90s). I have been going to this doctor (cardiologist) for past 30 years. In Dec. my A1C was 5.3. Cholesterol 193 / ratio 2.0 / Trig 47 / PSA 1.59 / LDL 88.
(I've never been told I have diabetes or that I am pre-diabetic. I just wanted eat the right foods that would not raise my blood sugar. I do not take any medication for diabetes.)
I think much of my BS readings that might be "little high" are result of my working myself up before the tests (at home and certainly at doctor's office).
 
#1- What (reading) is considered a spike?
#2- You said "I'd test 2 hours and 3 hours from the time you begin eating." Do you test 2 (or 3) hours after your first bite of food?
 
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LanieG
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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robert, well, a spike would be a big jump in blood sugar from a much lower reading, so there's not one number that would be a spike, just that the blood sugar jumps up really high after eating something.  Generally, food that causes spikes would be high in carbohydrates.  My doctor had told me to test 2 hours after a meal.  As I'd said in another post, you time from the first bite you put into your mouth.  But - I don't keep to the exact minute.  It might be 1 hour 50 minutes or 2 hours 10 minutes.  The point of the testing is to see what the blood sugar is.  If it's way out of line (too high), then I know I ate either the wrong things or too much of whatever the food was.  I don't stress anymore about it because I normally eat the food I know I can handle.  On occasions that I eat something I know will cause a high reading (like a piece of birthday cake, for example), I don't even test.  I already know it'll be high but I don't often stray, so for me it's a non-issue now. 

Lanie
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ceebee
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robert2:)

I am one of the lucky people(NOT!) who can't eat fruit without a huge spike in bs level. The only one I found I can eat once in a while is the no sugar added peaches diced from Del Monte in the little lunch packs. No more Asian Pears:( I am also on prednisone though and maybe when I get off it, I will be able to tolerate some fruit. Right now I use the fruit flavoring from DaVinci to get the taste of some fruits. I can't eat any carbs with good results and follew the very low carb diet I leaned here with great results. Lanie has been my God send in helping me find a new way to eat while keeping my bs down:) Good luck Robert2:)
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