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Diabetics: Peanut Butter Can Lower Blood Sugar Level

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.


Type 2 Diabetes

People who have type 2 diabetes have been willing to share information about what works for them. Everybody is different and everything doesn't work the same way for everyone.

Some advice might be good for some and not so good for others. Therefore, eating a spoonful of peanut butter might not work for everyone suffering from the disease.

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A Wakeup Call

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I had my annual physical at the beginning of the year. My blood work showed that I was diabetic with an AlC number of 7.9 with a blood sugar level of 180. I had no idea how long I had been a diabetic before it was discovered. However, it was definitely a wake-up call for me which prompted me to immediately change my eating habits.

My doctor put me on 500 mg of metformin twice a day. Metformin is the mildest medication patients are given for type 2 diabetes. My primary physician informed me that the medication might be increased depending on how well my body adjusted to it.

Since I changed my eating habits right away, a month later, my blood sugar level had decreased to an average of 135. My doctor changed the dosage to 850 mg twice a day. My blood sugar average has now decreased to 122, which is good considering I am still in the process of making adjustments. In the meantime, I have lost 21 pounds since the discovery.


When Blood Sugar is High

Once I took my blood sugar after I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. I was shocked that it registered at 313. Therefore, I searched the internet and found a recommendation to eat two tablespoons of peanut butter. I did and within an hour my blood sugar had decreased to 116. I was amazed at how quickly that happened.

Now my cupboard will never be without peanut butter. I read that one woman said she always keeps peanut butter in her car. Now I eat peanut butter on apple slices and celery sticks rather than on crackers and bread. One diabetic friend says she eats one teaspoon of peanut butter in her morning oatmeal every single day without fail. My daughter says she puts peanut butter in her smoothies.

I have acquired the habit of eating a teaspoon of peanut butter at least once a day. Sometimes it is along with something else. Often it is just peanut butter that I eat right from the jar and nothing more. To have variety, I buy chunky peanut butter which aids in lowering my blood sugar even quicker because of the nuts in it.


Please Share Tips

If you have diabetes, please share your suggestions below. How do you lower your blood sugar level when it spikes out of control? What works best for you?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:

Thank you.

We did know peanut butter was good for him, but didn't know it would reduce his level.

It was over 400 one day.

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He is on metformin also but takes chemotherapy.

The steroid he is given prior really raises it high..we will definitely try this next time.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 20, 2019:

Amit, several things can be considered. You don't have to eat a complete serving and you don't have to make it a habit of eating it all the time. Besides, there are some peanut butters with a lower sugar and carbohydrate count.

Amit on March 20, 2019:

It's indeed a great Idea to have Peanut Butter lowering Blood sugar.

But in the Nutritional Fact per 100g shows that it contains 7.7g sugar along with 20.3g of Carbohydrate.

In that case is it wise to have Peanut butter to lower sugar label in the blood stream?

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 31, 2018:

Sorry to hear about that, Cheryl. My doctor prescribed Glipizide. Each pill is only 5MG, but my blood sugar is always in a good range.

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Gary Williams on January 16, 2018:

Kidney transplant 2 years, diabetic over 30 years. Peanut butter will not lower blood sugar but raise it. That is what I eat when my blood sugar is to low.

MaryLou on December 19, 2017:

I hate Peanut butter, though.

Sarah on April 24, 2017:

Cinnamon works great for me. I actually take 2 cinnamon supplements daily and will have oatmeal with cinnamon every morning. It helps keep my sugars on average 60-80 points lower throughout the day. If it's particularly high from something I ate I'll take more and it'll lower my levels by 80-100 pts within an hour.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 21, 2017:

Thanks, Anna, for your suggestions. I will look you up on Facebook as you suggested.

Terrie Lynn from Canada on February 10, 2017:

I have and that's why I said the natural real stuff, not the regular store bought.

AnJa on February 09, 2017:

Have you seen how much sugar is added to peanut butter? You are giving advice that could harm people! If is unsweetened peant butter, then say so!

How about just plain penuts? - natural and zero additives.

Everybody, please, please test to see if this really works and then only comment

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 26, 2017:

Keep peanut butter on hand just in case your blood sugar goes up. Simply eat a spoonful. See how quickly your blood sugar will return to normal! Try it and see.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 07, 2017:

Patti.cake, what a great idea. I must try it!

Patti.cake on January 07, 2017:

I bulk buy peanuts, shelled and unsalted and grind them in my food processor. No additives! Lovely taste!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 20, 2016:

Thanks, Terrielynn, for reading and commenting. You have shared good advice.

Terrie Lynn from Canada on December 20, 2016:

Just remember it has to be the natural peanut butter . Most store bought ones we are used too have too much icing sugar. I have peanut butter with crackers at bed times and it keeps me from spiking in the morning. Thank you for telling people.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 01, 2016:

Leon, thanks for reading and commenting.

Leon on December 01, 2016:

I tried it before..

Thanks for sharing your articles.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 19, 2016:

Sherlene, you gave some good information. Thanks for sharing it. I am glad you are on the right track.

Sherlene on November 19, 2016:

I have pre diabetes. I am not taking any medicine for this and am trying to just lower my sugar level by eating healthier. I eat a lot of Trim Healty Moma recipes. It takes out many unhealthy foods and has shown me how to cook with spices and better ingredients. This week I checked my sugar levels and I went from 148 to 118 to 91. I have cut out sugar and have been watching my carbs. We still need carbs in our diet but I love carbs and sugar. By studying what works and prayer to succeed I feel good and feel like I'm on the right track.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 19, 2016:

Oh, yes. I have heard those things work. Thanks for sharing that information with us.

Frankie (female) on November 08, 2016:

I also use cinnamon capsules, garlic, tumeric. I take one capsule of cinnamon in the morning and evening. I put garlic in everything I cook, the same goes for tumeric.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 12, 2016:

meloncauli, thanks for your detailed explanation.

meloncauli from UK on August 12, 2016:

Glad you found this helps you. I dont know if you know but full (good for you) fats when eaten with any meal will slow down the release of sugar generally so you dont spike so high. It's the spikes that do the damage. If you incorporate fats such as coconut oil, full fat butter, full fat plain yoghurt, avocados, nuts and seeds into your meals you will probably see your spikes fall. It means your sugar is raised for a couple more hours but never reaches such a high spike as before. Nuts are high in fat and I found wanuts and almonds to be the best. I was borderline diabetic but have reduced my sugars so I am out of that range now and considered normal....for the last 3 years!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 12, 2016:

WOW Edenright6! That's fantastic! Congratulations! on August 12, 2016:

I gave up all grains. Blood sugar is lowest its been in 10 years. No more insulin injections either. Wheatbelly lifestyle

BOB on July 16, 2016:

For me I noticed it jacks my sugal numbers close to 200 after reading this on February 17, 2016:

Thank you for your great advise , I have just recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on the very same day as my husband we both will use your tips.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 05, 2012:

Wow! It's great to get a testimony from someone who knows what I am talking about.

I also discovered that blueberries have the same effect.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 05, 2012:

Rosie2010, discovering I have diabetes was a wake up call for me. Fortunately, I have it under control.

I keep peanut butter and blueberries on hand!

Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on June 22, 2012:

Hiya revmjm, wow! what a wonderful discovery. I love peanut butter.. I usually have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, and even eat peanut butter from the jar while watching tv.

I'm sorry to hear you got diabetes, but I'm amazed at how you are coping and reducing weight at the same time. Congratulations, gf! Voted up and shared. Cheers!

Have a nice day,


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 05, 2012:

editorsupremo, thanks for confirming that peanut butter really works for lowing blood sugar levels.

editorsupremo from London, England on May 03, 2012:

Interesting hub revmjm. I am a diabetic and always have a bottle of peanut butter in the cupboard. I use it in the evening as my final snack of the day before retiring to bed. It helps to keep my blood sugar levels stable during the night.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 16, 2012:

ed, thanks a lot for that tip and for sharing what works for you.

ed on April 16, 2012:

lowlow carb hi protein diet my weight and my blood sugar have gone down. I highly recomened whey protien isolate as a replacement for two out of three meals.. drop the weight drop ur blood sugar its just that simple....

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 01, 2012:

jdove-miller, it definitely works for me. Hope it works for your mom. Let me know!

jdove-miller on April 01, 2012:

Thank you so much for this hub. My mom is diabetic and her levels seem to spike arbitraily. I'll pass your peanut butter advice on to her. I'll let you know if it works for her.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 01, 2012:

Never heard of this. I would ask your doctor to be safe.

meloncauli from UK on March 31, 2012:

Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 31, 2012:

dinkan53, thanks for your information about natural peanut butter.

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