I am avoiding sugar, but my blood sugar still seems high.

Last night at dinner I made chicken breast breaded in ground flax seeds & bread crumbs cooked in coconut oil with cooked yams and broccoli. Before bed a bowl of Kashi 7 grain with almond milk unsweetened...

Dear Avis, thank you again for your question and your detailed feedback!

I would like to discuss your diet a bit. Even though you do not eat foods with added sugar, grains are predominantly carbohydrate, mostly starch, and starch breaks down into glucose very rapidly, especially when cooked. Starch is just a long chain of glucose molecules, and it breaks down into glucose easily.

For this reason, starchy vegetables and grains have an even higher glycemic index than table sugar. Table sugar (sucrose) is composed of 50% glucose and 50% fructose, and the fructose converts to glucose more slowly than starch does. Cooked yams, for example, are practically pure starch (glucose), and this glucose goes into your blood very rapidly. Hence, the bread crumbs, the Kashi, and the yams are all heavy sources of blood sugar in your diet.

Chicken breast, in addition, contains a much higher level of muscle glycogen (another form of glucose) than dark meat, so this choice of protein also contributes to your production of blood sugar.

My impression is that most people with diabetes or pre-diabetes tend to switch over to a higher-protein, lower-carbohydrate diet, and at the same time strive to lose weight. This can be very beneficial, but a part of the protein you consume also converts to sugar, so this tends to elevate your blood sugar as well. GlycoTrol originally was developed with this in mind.

GlycoTrol was designed to help balance the amino-acid profile of your meals and reduce the conversion of amino acids to sugar. Your diet, on the other hand, is fairly light in protein and heavy in carbohydrates, so this may be largely responsible for your results.

It sounds to me like you have made a good first step by avoiding table sugar. Cutting down on the starchy carbohydrates probably would be a good next step.

I hope this helps. Let us know!

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