I'm T2, 2 years, on metformin alone, last A1C 6.2. Generally I'm very careful to eat healthy, lower carb meals & to stay away from potatoes, pasta, white flour, etc.
Last week I had a kid-size scoop of butter pecan ice cream (no cone); my BG one hour later: 147. I was surprised, confused & pleased all at once.
I expected ice cream to raise by BG to 200+ and that the experience would serve as a warning not to eat this in the foreseeable future.
Now I'm kind of wondering if I CAN have the weekly ice cream without harming myself. What are your experiences?
Ice cream generally is very high fat, which can delay the effect. However, commercial icecreams are also usually high sugar. You should also check your bs at 2 and 3 hours post eating to see what is really happening. Then you can make your decision.
I'd personally probably consider icecream is ok, but make sure it is in very small portion and is excellent quality so it's worth it.
I make my own high fat low sugar icecream and it has little significant effect.
I'll give this additional testing a try.
Re portion control: the kid-size cup at the parlor=enforced portion control.
I think ice cream is a slippery slope that I prefer to stay away from. Even when I made my own with no sugar I couldn't just eat a single serving. As long as it was in the freezer, it called to me. I might be able to fix that if I made it in some nasty flavor like spinach with blueberries, but it's easier for me to just stay away from it. I don't know what it does to my BS, that might be okay for a single serving once a week, but I can see myself eventually calling a whole quart a "single serving," and trying to convince myself there are only 3 days in a week. Hope it works okay for you, though.
Have to laugh at reading this. I'm ok with icecream, generally. I freeze my homemake ones in reusable single serve containers so portion control is predone.
But my idea of a single serve of potato chips is the whole bag - and that's not a single serve pack! My head knows I should stop but my hand just keeps picking up and my mouth keeps opening... :)
Your peak blood sugar might have occured before or after that one test. Most people take about 70 or more minutes to reach their peak blood sugar after starting a meal, so I think you might have misled yourself by taking only one test. You probably don't know where your peak time usually falls, so now might be a good time to find out.
If you really want to know what's going on, try testing at 30 minutes, 45, 70, 90, and so on, right up to two hours. Time it from the start of your meal, not the end, and continue for a full 2 hours. Note how long after you start eating, you reach your peak blood glucose.
Try this for a light meal, a moderate one and a heavy carb meal, and also a high fat meal too. Then you'll know how you average out.
Also, as Super_sally said, ice cream is high in fat, which delays the digestion of the carbs, and further delays your post prandial peak.
If you want to know how your favourite meals affect your blood sugar, try doing the following test for 2 weeks, keeping a log of what you eat, how many carbs, test your blood glucose premeal, at 1 hour post meal and 2 hours post meal readings. You can read about this type of testing here...
I'm sure it will help you figure out what these types of treats do to your blood glucose readings. Everyone is different, these tests can help you get and keep good control.