sugar grams

By NANANASON2 Latest Reply 2012-04-13 08:32:09 -0500
Started 2012-04-10 14:01:27 -0500

how do you find out how many grams a day your suppose to eat,

22 replies

pixsidust 2012-04-13 08:32:09 -0500 Report

My understanding is no more than 45mg in a two-three hour time frame. If it can be less around 15-30mg in that three hour window is best. You can have carbs but need to spread them out through the day, so your body can handle them in increments

NANANASON2 2012-04-11 10:46:54 -0500 Report

i guess i should of ask my question more accurate, what i meant to ask ,is when your reading the labels and it say sugar grams how many can you use a day,and how many carb is one to eat, my insurance won't cover me to see a diettion

Nick1962 2012-04-11 19:55:17 -0500 Report

Well NANA­NASO­N2, Young1s answer below is right on. Each of us here though has tailored our diet to fit certain needs. Mine was primarily to lose weight, and the control of diabetes was a very happy side benefit. Others do it to control their blood glucose and stay off medications. In general, as a rule we try very hard to avoid sugar and carbs, but as she suggests, see what the Experts on the home page say and if you want some more specific answers to your individual needs, we'd be happy to steer you to someone with success in that area here. We are a fun and friendly bunch, so join the party!

Young1s 2012-04-11 13:41:18 -0500 Report

I could be wrong, but I think we'd all still answer your sugar question the same. The least amount you can manage to eat the better. Sugar is a carb and even though it is listed separately on a label, it is counted as part of the total carbs. So, when you see Total Carbs 27g and then Sugar 8g, those 8g of sugar are part of the 27g total.

As far as the amount of carbs you should be eating, that's more difficult to answer. It depends on you and your dietary needs. It could range anywhere from 60-180, factoring in your meals, snacks, need to gain or lose weight, food preferences, whether your levels tend to run high or low, etc. Seeing that you are unable to see a nutritionist right now, I would suggest that you try posing the question to The Experts, on the Home page.

However many total carbs you decide on, I've learned in my searches that 20-30 of those total grams for the day should be in Fiber and the protein you eat should be 37% of your body weight. So let's say you weight 150, then you should be eating 55.5 grams of protein per day (150x0.37=55.5). Haven't been able to find out if that percentage should be more for diabetics.

Nick1962 2012-04-11 16:22:58 -0500 Report

You are absolutely correct. For someone who claims to be new at this, you sure got smart fast!

Young1s 2012-04-11 16:44:08 -0500 Report

Well thank you Nick. As James so correctly deduced, a lot of it has to do with the wonderful advice I receive from all of you. The wealth of knowledge and experience here is unbelievable. I also follow the rule of research, research, research, in order for me to be able to better understand my D and how things apply to my situation. But mostly, and as we all know, it's a lot of trial and error.

Nick1962 2012-04-11 19:41:07 -0500 Report

That's the nice thing about this place - someone's always been there, done that - so less trial and less errors for the rest of us!

Nick1962 2012-04-11 16:31:12 -0500 Report

Without a doubt! I know I'm at least 1% smarter just today. Learned your body sees exercise as stress, AND a good new healthy type of fish I'll try this weekend.

Caroltoo 2012-04-11 17:32:17 -0500 Report

Dull day when we don't learn something new in this expanding (exploding) arena of new information that surrounds us.

jayabee52 2012-04-11 13:54:59 -0500 Report

I don't think you'd be very far wrong Young1s. I had, however just been "talking" with someone whose Dr suggested she eat no more than 40 carbs per day! I think I'd find that rather challenging myself.

I do however agree that the amount of sugar consumed should be kept as low as possible.

jigsaw 2012-04-10 16:22:18 -0500 Report

All people with diabetes (PWD) have to restrict their carb intake in order to regulate and manage their blood glucose. As a rule of thumb, PWD consider foods with simple carbs and foods with complex carbs. Simple carbs break down into glucose quickly once ingested and enter the bloodstream rapidly. This will commonly cause a blood glucose spike in a PWD. Foods with complex carbs will not increase the bg as rapidly. Complex carbs break down into glucose more slowly then simple carbs. This gives your body a chance to utilize the glucose already in the blood without overload. Of course an abundance of complex carbs could cause a blood glucose spike also.
Sugar is 100% simple carb. It will raise blood glucose to a different extent in most PWD rapidly. Generally speaking, no PWD will benefit from sugar ! As per Nick, either will anybody else!

Nick1962 2012-04-11 08:21:49 -0500 Report

Just to add to your response Jigsaw, nobody - not just PWD's, benefits from sugar in general. Historically, most sweeteners were either honey or concentrated sugars from reducing fruits for canning. It wasn't until the 18th century that refined cane or beet sugar come into widespread use. Some doctors such as Dr. William Martin as far back as 1957 actually classify refined sugar as a poison.

jigsaw 2012-04-11 13:33:00 -0500 Report

Absolutely correct, the nickname for sugar is white death! Hey, you are anal retentive! (-;

Nick1962 2012-04-11 19:44:42 -0500 Report

Yes, yes i am retentive. All the keys on my keyring have the teeth facing in the same direction, and when i cut up my apple for the next morning's breakfast into eigths and cut out the seeds, all the eights have to go back in the same order before I wrap it up. Some days being a T2 is the least of my problems. :)

Young1s 2012-04-10 15:01:17 -0500 Report

I was curious about this too, but after speaking to my nutritionist, numerous searches on google, ask, answers, etc, and searching the discussions pages here, I've finally realize that there isn't a set amount of sugar a diabetic should be eating. The focus should really be on eating the least amount of sugar grams per day as possible. I personally have been trying to keep my sugar intake to less than the amount of daily fiber recommended, with little success, but I've come close. The less sugar that you're adding to your Total daily carbs the better. Even in recipes that called for added sugar, there's ways to cut down on or get around that. I wish I had a better answer for you but maybe someone else will be able to shed some better light on it for the both of us.

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