By ngtowl117 Latest Reply 2011-12-28 08:29:41 -0600
Started 2011-12-08 20:57:13 -0600

I'm just curious, I know that I should have around 45 carbs per meal but is it possible to have too few carbs in a day. I've had 3 meals and a snack and have only had 58 carbs today. Don't really feel like eating another snack. Will this cause problems?

17 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-12-28 05:38:39 -0600 Report

I have discovered that the more starchy carbs I have the worse I feel. If I can get enough protein, fat and non starchy carbs I feel ok. I also don't get as hungry if I keep away from the starchy and sugary stuff. Don't get those blood sugar spikes and drops that cause me to be so hungry.

ngtowl117 2011-12-28 08:29:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice. I've been trying for almost a month to get my numbers in shape. I still don't have the 'recommended' number of carbs, and am usually over on my proteins, but my BG numbers are steadily coming down. I have found that if I get my carbs for one meal from a potato source, be it white or sweet, and then watch the rest of my carb intake to 'healthy ' carbs my numbers are lower . I guess what everyone says about everyone being different is more true than I thought. Have a great day

Jeanae 2011-12-10 19:27:08 -0600 Report

my dietician told me if I didn't have enough carbs in a day then right before bed I should have a pc of cheese or protein with a couple of whole grain crackers. Good luck.

Harlen 2011-12-08 22:39:48 -0600 Report

How are your #s doing
You may go low at night
Test and check your #s 1/2 way thu the night
be safe
Best wishes
PS. one 10 oz Orange is 130 grams of carbs

SCLWKR 2011-12-09 23:14:48 -0600 Report

Holy Moly! That's insane!

jayabee52 2011-12-09 23:31:14 -0600 Report

I don't think that is insane!

A person with diabetes has to do what one needs to get a good BG result. If getting up half way through the night gets it done, then I will do exactly that.

ngtowl117 2011-12-09 08:57:23 -0600 Report

My #'s are still highv (230 first thing in the morning), I know it won't change overnight. I knew there was a reason I don't like oranges. Am going to do better today, have to am donating blood. Have a wonderful day

Harlen 2011-12-09 11:31:58 -0600 Report

Best of luck it is a big job
I love Oranges I just cant have them
You will do well as long as you work at it
best wishes

ngtowl117 2011-12-09 14:36:00 -0600 Report

Thanks for the encouragement. I ate tooo many oranges as a child going to florida, back when the camp grounds had orange trees and the campers were allowed to eat them. We would eat bushes full a day. Do not like them at all now so leaving them alone is absolutely no problem for me.

jayabee52 2011-12-08 22:37:27 -0600 Report

Howdy ng!

not eating the full amount of carbs for the day should not pose a problem for you if it only happens from time to time.

I was going to warn you about not eating ANY carbs, but before I put my "foot in my mouth" I searched for "no carbohydrate diets" and got this article from Wikipedia which in effect says one may survive on a no carb menu plan and it suffer no lasting effects besides a burning of fat stores in the body. You may read that article here: ~

It is an interesting read, especially the section "Side effects of this diet:"

However since you are taking a medication which acts on your Blood Glucose levels, you may be better served if you regularly had your recommended number of carbs for each meal.



ngtowl117 2011-12-09 08:54:47 -0600 Report

Thanks jayabee, I'll check into the site in a bit. I'm still high on my numbers, 230 first thing in the morning. Again, I've only been doing this for a week so I don't figure there will be a drastic change in the beginning (it was 333 after fasting when my dr put me on meds) Have a blessed day

SCLWKR 2011-12-09 23:28:20 -0600 Report

Dear ngtowl,
Have faith, I went from an A1c of 14.2 to 9 in only 6 weeks. In the next 6 weeks I expect to reach my doctor's goal for me of 7. Meds, of course and diet change, but I am in the normal range 80-150 most of the time now. I am also at my highest in the morning 126-150, and that is a result of my liver doing a glucose dump during the night when I'm not eating. Not a big deal as it goes down after breakfast and is pretty steady throughout the day. I have also found that if I have a spike, I will drink a 16 oz bottle of water and have 1/8 cup of almonds and it gets right back in range. As is the case with Diabetes, what works for one person, may or may not work for another, so try and see how you do. Please keep me updated on your progress. Sherrie

Caroltoo 2011-12-08 21:00:15 -0600 Report

are you taking insulin? If so, yes; if not, doesn'r cause me a problem and I do eat much fewer than most diets mentioned here.

ngtowl117 2011-12-08 21:53:18 -0600 Report

not on insulin. Just started taking metformin. Thanks! I didn't know for sure

SCLWKR 2011-12-09 23:32:27 -0600 Report

When I was initailly put on meds, my numbers did not go down very fast. After 7 days on just metformin and still in the 250 range, my doc added Glipizide (glucotrol) and I quickly moved into a normal range. Ask your doc.

ngtowl117 2011-12-10 07:56:53 -0600 Report

Thanks SCLWKR. My next dr appointment isn't until Feb so will stick to diet and meds and see how it goes. I appreciate the encouragement though.