I am type 2 diagnosed 2001, and have been on the OmniPod Insulin Pump for less than a week. My BG has not been contolled in several years...I'm bad and the whole "out of sight out of mind" was in play. Now I am really working on it and I know that my Basal has to be tweeked, but here's the question...
Does every or most diabetics have a problem food...one that doesn't seem to respond to the Bolus? When I eat potatoes...now and before during the times I did try to have control...my BG goes high. I am measuring my portions, and entering the amount of carbs to get the right bolus amount, but my BG's are staying high for the remainder of the day.
Is this normal, or am I not entering the right amount of carbs for my bolus?
I can live without potatoes but would rather not.
I don't think it's uncommon for some of us to have foods that simply don't work well for us. Yes, potatoes and pasta are such foods for me (as are rice and anything with white flour). With the exception of potatoes, I generally just avoid these foods completely. With potatoes, I do a dual wave bolus; they digest slowly and tend to cause me to spike several hours after eating. However, if a food is really problematic, I just avoid it all together. Pasta and rice are such foods for me - they taste yummy, but not worth all the trouble.
Rice, noodles/pasta and potatoes are some of the foods I grew up with being Asian. So it is very hard for me to rid of it with dishes I prepare. Unfortunately these foods are also high in carbs and seems to create havoc with my bg. Just like MyBustedPancreas, digesting it is slow for me too and high bg usually last for a longer period of time (about 3-4 hours for me, sometimes more, even when I do some walking after the meal). I manage to eat a few controlled grams of it (as a treat) but generally avoid them.
Thank you for the replys...I was afraid it was just me...not that I'm glad to have company in my misery, I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Thanks for the heads up on pasta also. I don't eat a lot of it, but I figure it will be the same as with the potatoes.
Excellent question. I am T2 and have those as well.
Regarding Rice and potatoes - boiled/mashed on potatoes and white rice boiled will really cause glucose output - BG to jump and peak higher.
Cut portion - but I fry my rice and potatoes in olive oil and that slows the intestine - digestion right down and shave off the high peaks.
I also try to run mediterranean diet - low glycemic diet to reduce. I watch out for breads, grains, flour, rice, corn sugar - high fructose corn sugar/syrup as well as soda pops etc that are non diet and full of calories.
up vegetables, protein (fish and chicken) and lower carbs and portion carefully.
carefully portion control deserts.
Bagels, which I love, make mine go high.
Have you tried "cutting" your mashed potatoes with other vegetables? I am very intolerant of any visible portion of pure potatoes, but with added swede (rutabaga?) or cauliflower, I can make a reasonable portion work. Still not a "normal" portion, of course..
Oh, and a really good dollop of butter (the real stuff, not that Industrial waste called Margarine) really helps...
Yes, I think many of us of both types have foods that we simply cannot accurately bolus for using our regular I:C ratio, and they just aren't worth the trouble and resulting highs. For me I'm ok with potatoes, though I add a bit to the bolus. But I have given up on cereal and rice (as I type one I find brown or white makes little difference). Pizza and pasta are problematic so I eat them only very occasionally.
Thank you all...I think the taters, bread, pastas are all going on my avoid list except for once in a while splurges.
I have Celiac, so I can't eat anything with wheat. For BG purposes, I've had to give up all rice and white potatoes, but I find that brown rice pasta does not give me spikes. I'm very happy about that and have brown rice pasta dishes once a week. Sweet potatoes make a good white potato substitute. You can make nice baked fries with the sweet potatoes as well, using olive oil and good spices.
unless working on pharoah's tombs moving 2 ton stone blocks by hand; practice
solid limited portion control on the items you mention.
i do and it helps dramactically.