By medic673b Latest Reply 2011-11-23 17:08:27 -0600
Started 2011-10-26 23:02:37 -0500

what would y'all consider a acceptable number of carbs a day i try to keep mine between 80-100 in one of the first meters i had when i was frst diagnosed it had a guide and it suggested 15-30 for snacks and 45-60 for your main meals. they also suggested three main meals a day and to small snacks 1 mid day and i perhaps after supper. that is where i took my numbers from

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Heather44118 2011-10-28 18:28:07 -0500 Report

medic, this is so funny with my eyesite being bad today when I saw your post I thought it said "CRABS", ooops me :) 80-100 aday sounds like a good number.

medic673b 2011-11-22 00:23:13 -0600 Report

thats Funny Heather Not you having bad eyesite but the crabs part i wish i had what 80-100 good crabs would cost

GabbyPA 2011-10-28 09:24:04 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are on target. It really depends on how your body reacts to the carbs and you will find what works for you. For me, I do better with far less than what is recommended. Others can take in more. But the guide that you posted is the general guide to start from.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-27 23:37:51 -0500 Report

Medic the best way to find out how many carbs you should be getting is to visit a dietician and get a meal plan designed for you and your lifestyle. Though we are all diabetics here each of us have different dietary needs.

medic673b 2011-11-22 00:21:48 -0600 Report

i can barely afford to see my Gp i am not like most Diabetics i have never had a "team" i have had to go it alone

RosalieM 2011-11-22 15:11:27 -0600 Report

You are better off with out a "team". You are your own best team of 1.
Learn about whole foods, it is all over the internet, not difficult to do but a little time consuming. But worth every minitue you spend. You will feel strengthened by your accumulation of knowledge.

RosalieM 2011-11-22 15:08:13 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby and all, Gabby your are right. I am sorry, but the American Diabetes Association determines what foods and how many carbs we should all eat. I called
them and ask them about their food research, they told me they have not done
any research. They are operating on theory which in fact is not correct.
I have been diabetic type two for 17 years. When I took matters into my own hands, I got control of my diabetes. Looking back now, I would never have
been able to do it with what I was being told. The secret is slow digesting
carbohydrates which are high in soluable and insoluable fiber, like dried beans etc. Also carbs that are low on the glycemic index. Among those are most vegetables (not all) Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blue berries etc.
Learn about whole foods. Once you understand whole foods and how they
affect your blood glucose, you will gain better control. Processed foods should
be out of your diet as they have so many added carbs, In order to make the label look good, they make the serving size so small that no one could live on that little
food. I have some difficulty containing my anger at what I found has been and
is still being told diabetics. It is not true that diabetics can eat the same food as
everyone else, however I have found we can have a very satisfying diet that
tastes good and keeps blood gluvose under control.

GabbyPA 2011-11-23 13:34:41 -0600 Report

That is so true. I remember when I got the "pass out sheets" from the doctor after 9 months of dealing with it on my own. With all I had learned, I took that pass out home and red marked it with all kinds of Updated notes. My first thought was, "No wonder people don't get off meds, this is too high in carb and some basic poor advice". I was shocked that was what they were handing out. Thank goodness for all the good advice I got from here.

RosalieM 2011-11-23 15:13:08 -0600 Report

They give you medication to cover the food you eat, when we should be eating a balanced healthy diet with slow digesting carbs and not so many of them.
I ask for insulin as the drugs didn't work and my body didn't like them. They
gave me fast acting insulin and long acting insulin.. I was constantly getting low blood sugar, sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night sweating with my blood sugar at 45. I would start to eat trying to get it up, because I was scared. I am a widow and live alone. Then I would eat too much and blood sugar
would go high. I also put on weight. Then I decdided I would eat a healthy well balanced diet that had high fiber carbs only. I would decide how much long acting insulin I needed. ( I don't make enough insulin). That was the answer. The only problem I have now is gauging how actjivity effects the amount of insulin I take. I am very active. I no longer have low blood sugar.

GabbyPA 2011-11-23 15:15:08 -0600 Report

We know our bodies. If we listen, they tell us a lot and if our doctors would listen, we could tell them a lot. Who needs research, we are right here....LOL.

GabbyPA 2011-11-22 01:16:28 -0600 Report

I am right there with you. My team is me, myself and I and maybe my doctor at the clinic. It is hard, but you know what, I also get to take the credit for the good things that happen as well. I am uninsured and it does make it rough, but to be honest, I did better when I was doing it myself and not on all the pills.

So my team is all the folks here who kick me in the butt when I need to get going and those who inspire me to do something new. You have a team...we are here. Should we make up a cheer? LOL

RosalieM 2011-11-23 15:15:18 -0600 Report

I feel it is almost criminal what they tell diabetics, it is our lives they are playing around with. I got so mad I wrote a letter to the editor about it. They wouldn't
print it. They always print my letters on other subjects.

GabbyPA 2011-11-23 15:20:11 -0600 Report

We do have to be our own advocates and research. I still am glad that I have a doctor and he is pretty good. But I did learn a lot more from here than I would ever learn from him. He's not interested in teaching me. He does tell me to loose weight and exercise more. I know that...but he doesn't teach me new things he is learning about diabetes.

RosalieM 2011-11-23 17:08:27 -0600 Report

It is not difficult to find and read the new research on diabetes, just google
new diabetes research or something. The latest thing is contrary to past
research done in England, it is not good to try to drive diabetic's blood sugr so low. Especially people in their seventies like me. In order to get blood gllucose that low, they have to give you so many drugs or insulin, that the drugs become a problem. All but metformin cause weight gain. Weight goes up and blood glucose goes up then more drugs. The drugs all have heart warnings on them, to say nothing about their effect on your kidneys and liver of all the drugs. More diabetics die of heart problems than anything else. If you put 2 and 2 gether, it is not hard to figure that the druigs may very well cause the heart problems. I told my Doctor that my goal is an A1c of around 7. I interviewed him before I selected him over 10 years ago. I told him I was motivated, to take care of my diabetes would he work with me. He siad he would. So he went along with my A1c of 7 even though he didn't agree with me. Now the new research says that those 70 or 75 forgot which, should shoot for an A1c of 8. The reason being they wouldn't live more another 25 years to have the complictions and the drugs are too harsh for a person of that age. Dr is now OK with my 7.

dunkerms 2011-11-23 15:29:23 -0600 Report

Thank you for your message…I really did not know others go throught all the emotions…this is so new for me even though my Mom was diebetic—-god I wish I had shown her more sympathy…

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