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Why do eggs make sugars spike

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by auttycat, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. auttycat

    auttycat Type 1 · Member

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    When seeing my dietitian they told me I would not have to give myself insulin when having eggs since they are protein. However I find that when I have eggs (I do not use ketchup just hot sauce) I do need to give myself insulin to keep my sugars from becoming high.

    Does anybody have a similar experience when having eggs?
     
  2. MeiChanski

    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello yes, protein spikes me too, especially eggs. So it’s not just you, I do a small amount of insulin for it.
     
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  3. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Very complex conversation. Shortest answer is that yes, under certain conditions protein can be insulinogenic. Specifically if carbohydrate or fat consumption is too low, leaving the body little choice but to construct glucose from the protein.

    Oh PS. Welcome to the forums!

    PPS. If protein in eggs presents a problem for you then you could use less whites and more yolks. I expect your ideal strategy will hinge largely on your diabetes type.
     
    #3 Jim Lahey, Feb 5, 2020 at 10:36 PM
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    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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  5. auttycat

    auttycat Type 1 · Member

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    I am a type 1 diabetic, I have now updated my profile. Thank you for the information and the welcome! My dietitian just suggested not having eggs before bed if I have to give insulin for them or to include a piece of toast so there is a reason for the insulin. I'm having a hard time finding a good breakfast that is on the lower side of carbs that do cause my sugars to spike. I always find that if I check my sugars around the 2 hour mark they will be higher than expected but will come down into a normal range within 4-5 hours.
     
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    Thomas the Tank Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Whats in the 'hot sauce'?
     
  7. bluecurlylegend

    bluecurlylegend Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    So what's the significance for T2's ?
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes this is something that I have to deal with. Gluconeogenesis is a good google search to undertake as a type 1 for some interesting information.
     
  9. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily specific to eggs, but potentially very similar as far as protein goes in general. Depending on the severity of insulin resistance and myriad other factors, some seem to have no reaction at all, while others are very sensitive. I've come to believe that TOFI (whose bodies don't want to give up much stored fat for fuel) who are not consuming much carbohydrate and are eating too little fat, may experience rampant gluconeogenesis. Especially with a super insulin resistant fatty liver.
     
    #9 Jim Lahey, Feb 6, 2020 at 10:19 PM
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    Nuck · Well-Known Member

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    If you eat the eggs in the morning you may also need more insulin. You can have a situation where your body prepares for the day by making more sugar to give you a boost.
     
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