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[IP] Glycemic index,fiber,gastroparesis
As I read the recent thread on GI it raises some interesting points to me. -
For years I have had "fun"trying to predict,with my gastroparesis,how to
accommodate certain foods or meals,and when to expect them to be reflected
in my glucose levels. I have somewhat learned what to expect,until I try a
new food,or larger meal,or more fat,so there is a lot of guess work and
disappointment when readings are poor.
Although my husband and I were never able to get used to bean and
lentil-type dishes, we do attempt to eat verylow-fat and high fiber meals.
Recently I have paid a LOT more attention to the fiber content of carb
foods,and ,as I read, ?maybe in PUMPING INSULIN ?,if there are more than 4
gr. fiber per serving,I subtract that from the total carb. I have found
this helpful both in accurate bolussing,and in predicting that the
high-fiber meals will move through my system and be absorbed faster , AS
LONG AS MY PORTIONS ARE MODEST. However,if I eat a lot of this higher-fiber
carb,then chances are,the bolussing calculation is altered.Instead of just
increasing the size of the bolus for the higher number of carbs,I have to
spread out that insulin.I'm still on a 506,so I bolus again after an
hour,or set a temp basal rate for a few hours. I'm not sure why,but it
seems to work most times.
Also,about 4 mo. ago, I started a weight loss group,non-diabetic,to lose
this several pounds that have crept on over the past 15 years,and it is
working well! One of the basic points of this program is eight glasses of
cold water a day,which I have heard many times,but NOW I have stepped up my
water at meals and that has helped my digestion-I should have realized that
long ago! But the interesting thing to me is that they stress that fruits
ie citrus and lighter carb types,be the only types of between meal snacks,
and that we have a citrus -type fruit15-20 min before breakfast,along with
a glass of cold water. Their theory is that the fruit will speed up the
digestive process and be somewhat absorbed before the full meal comes
along,etc. But the benefit I have found is that MAYBE,just MAYBE, it
is giving me a much more even glucose curve around my meals and after!
I am wondering if anyone else has similar points for those of us with
this slowed digestion -I would so love to see more levelling-out in my
meter download graphs!
Thanks a bunch -Barb
IDDM X25 yrs.,pumpingx5 yrs
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