Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

I have recently found the clinical term for a problem I have been having for a long time. It is Type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemia. If I allow myself, I can eat 2 boxes of uncooked cornstarch a day! I gain weight like you would not believe. I read about the Zbar but, what are the effects of overconsumption?


All Type 1 diabetes can result in hypoglycemia. In fact, it is difficult to avoid hypoglycemia even in well-managed diabetes. I would not recommend eating more than the 2-4 tablespoons of cornstarch that may be in one to two Zbars or NiteBites. The reason this product may help reduce the risk of hypoglycemia is that uncooked cornstarch is not completely broken down by the body (or is broken down very slowly).

At any rate, the accumulation of this carbohydrate in your system cannot be good and will not entirely prevent hypoglycemia or weight gain. Please consult a Registered Dietitian to assist you in developing a meal plan that is suitable for diabetes (and weight loss if necessary).


Additional Comment by Dr. Lebinger:

The reason this product may help reduce the risk of hypoglycemia is that uncooked cornstarch is broken down more slowly in the body than other sources of carbohydrate. It provides a "slow release" form of sugar, so to speak.


Original posting 9 Dec 96
Additional comment added 13 Dec 96


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.