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Old 08-19-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Sweet potato balances BS?

I read that sweet potatoes help balance blood sugar. I had one with dinner tonight. Had pork, broccoli, and a plain sweet potato. 1 hr postpranial bs was 205, 2hr bs 95. Does that mean I am no longer insulin resistant, and am now diabetic? I think I'll pass on the sweet potatoes! Anyone else have this experience?

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #2
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Re: Sweet potato balances BS?

The thing about sweet potatos is that they have more fiber than a white potato and so take longer to digest than a white potato. You are less likely to get a 'spike' eating a sweet potato, but don't forget that a carb is a carb is a carb.

Old 08-21-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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I eat a small sweet potato many nights with dinner as my carb in my meal. I only put some brummel and brown spread on it. I bake it in the oven, peel off the skin and then mash it with my fork. I'd say I eat about 26g carb of sweet potato, and the rest is lean mean & veggies. My readings are anywhere from about 95-105 2hrs after. It depends on the size you are eating of one. I have a digital scale and I weigh mine after I've mashed it, and about 5 oz. is around 26g/carb. The bigger it is, the more carbs you are eating.

Old 08-22-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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After eating the sweet potato my bs was good at 95 two-hr postpranial, it alarmed me to see it at 205 one hour post pranial. I read on one of the posts here that bs should never go over 180 anytime, but that taking bs 1 hour after start of a meal is not really necessary. I have hypothyroid problems, too much replacement makes my bp go too high, I'm wondering if thyroid problems can cause this type of problem. I can never get a straight answer from the doctors. Its hard to find any two that agree. My two-hour postpranial readings are always good. But my morning numbers are a little high 119 or so. I'm already on thyroid replacement, and 2 differant bp meds. I really don't want to have to take anything for bs control, I already have trouble with the thyroid meds, and adding anything else to the mix might make things even worse. I think for now I will avoid the sweet potatoes, or only eat a little bit. I want to control this before it becomes full blown diabetes, or do my numbers indicate that I'm already there? Thanks for the replys!

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