The Blood Sugar Benefits of Oatmeal

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Hi, I'm Dr. Kevin Soden with a great way to start your day. Want to control your blood sugar? Well, it starts with breakfast, eat a bowl of oatmeal. Studies show oatmeal can help prevent diabetes, and if you already have diabetes, it can help control your blood sugar. In one study, people with diabetes and high blood sugar followed a brief oatmeal only diet, in just two days, their fasting blood sugar levels fell by 40 points, that's a huge drop. The participants were even able to reduce their insulin dozes.

So why is oatmeal so good for your blood sugar? It has Beta-glucan, a type of fiber that slows digestion after a meal so your blood sugar stays low and steady. It also works at a molecular level to help reverse insulin resistance. That's when your cells ignore insulin signals to absorb blood sugar, and it's the root cause of pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

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