7.6 AIC

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2011-06-19 21:08:04 -0500
Started 2011-06-13 14:42:29 -0500

I need to work on my foods. What are some good carbs that work for you.
How many carbs per meal. I have to start testing 2 hrs after meal.
Suggestions would be helpful right now. I was doing under 7.0, but this
time I was not happy. I can't lose anymore weight and also need to
balance calories.

5 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-06-19 21:08:04 -0500 Report

Lots of low carb veggies, salads, and stuff just like Kirla said. Also good protein will help you to feel full. Chicken, good quality ground beef and turkey make great tasting burgers which is great along with a nice salad. I use Dreamfields pasta which causes almost no impact on my blood sugar. It's really good tasting and I can find it at my local Krogers. I also use Healthy Life bread. Most of it has between 5 and 7 grams of carbs per slice which is great and if you ever crave a grilled cheese it makes a really good one. Oh, and read labels! There are so many hidden sugars and carbs in processed stuff it's scary sometimes! I have a low carb cook book by Dana Carpender which is really good too. Hand in there! It's a learning process, but you can find what is going to work for you. You might also want to try Linda's Low Carb recipes on line .Lots of great lower carb recipes there.

Kirla 2011-06-14 18:43:30 -0500 Report

This is what has helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better. My A1C has remained below 6 for 2 years now.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

10fluffy35 2011-06-15 06:37:56 -0500 Report

I just have one question. How many calories are you getting a day?
I can't lose anymore weight. I work so hard also at B/S and weight.

Type1Lou 2011-06-13 15:21:27 -0500 Report

I try to keep my mealtime carbs to 30 grams for breakfast and about 45 grams for lunch and dinner. Some things I've devised is when I serve my husband spaghetti, I put french style green beans on MY plate instead of the pasta and put sauce on top of that…much lower carbs for me. I also like to make stir fry…but have mine without the rice or noodles…again, much fewer carbs. I found that the more carbs I eliminate, the better control I have. It's not easy, because I love bread and desserts but rarely eat them now.

A special treat is a square of good quality dark chocolate (Lindt) with truly natural peanut butter (made w/only peanuts and salt) on it. I love peanut butter and go through a large jar of Smucker's Natural every 2 weeks. Lunch, lately, is a sliced apple with peanut butter.

During past year my A1c climbed into the 7's. In March it was 7.1 and last week, I've gotten it down to 6.6…hooray! I am a type 1 and currently working with a 20 carb to 1 unit of insulin ratio in calculating my meal time dosage of Novolog.

Good luck and welcome to the army of carb warriors!!

pattroyka58 2011-06-13 15:10:30 -0500 Report

In my 6 years as a type 2, the one thing I'm sure of is that different people react differently to carbs. Whole grains work for me, but that just means I have to read fiber grams on bread and tortillas and cereals and "granola" bars.
I've also been told fairly recently that what you eat WITH carbs also effects how your BS reacts to them; eating whole grain carbs with protein (low fat) slows their digestion and doesn't spike your BS. The more fat to protein in the mix, the more you spike.
My doctor says it ain't so, but I've found from blood tests that the higher my triglycerides, the higher my A1C, even when my HDL & LDL are normal; if my triglycerides are up, so is my A1C.
A serving of carbs is about 15 Grams; my diabetic specialist dietician says I should get 5 servings per day. If you don't want to add up all the nutritional values in what you eat, there are special plates you can buy (I think it's called Plate It) for diabetics that are already divided into the correct size servings for your average diabetic. When I checked last year they were about $15.
I've recently found that Agave Nectar (sometimes with the sweeteners, sometimes with the Jellies, sometimes syrups) sweetens without spiking - for me.
Also, the more calories you use in exercise, the less your A1C will be, and the more you can eat. Just be patient in discovering what works for you; and know that after 6 years, I've discovered that NOTHING I eat always does the same thing to my BS.
I wish you great luck.