Carbs what's better

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-06-09 12:08:12 -0500
Started 2012-06-08 15:25:18 -0500

I was just wondering how much carbs and water should a diabetic have a day and what sweets are better to eat my down fall is bread I love it and sweets I'd appreciate the info

3 replies

Type1Lou 2012-06-08 16:48:37 -0500 Report

There is no one right answer here…it depends on your size, activity and your metabolism. Many people here eat fewer carbs than I do and others can eat more. I found that reducing the number of carbs I eat is the key to better blood sugars and A1c results for me. I'm a 5'3" tall (short?), 63 year old female and right now weigh 121 lbs. I limit my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day: 30 for breakfast and 45 each for lunch and dinner. It is not an easy diet because I too love bread and cookies and pastry and chocolate but I've given up eating most of that stuff most of the time. As for water, I know I should drink more. Make a habit of reading food labels to determine how many carbs per serving you're getting. Learn what foods spike your BG…not all foods affect individuals equally. Also make sure to check the size of your serving. I always use the TOTAL Carb data rather than "Net carbs". Write down what you are eating and the total carbs in a notebook (I find it keeps me more honest with myself) There are many useful and inexpensive guides out there to help you track and determine how much carb is in any particular food. Check your library to find one that suits you without spending any money for it up front. If you are new to diabetes, adjusting to it will mean identifying any bad habits ( e.g. eating bread and sweets ) and taking steps to reduce/eliminate them from your diet. One benefit of reducing carbs is usually weight loss. You can do it if you put your mind to it.

Nichole07 2012-06-08 21:42:36 -0500 Report

Thanks this helps

Nick1962 2012-06-09 12:08:12 -0500 Report

Well, Lou hit it on the head, really depends on you. You do need some carbs, they're a source of energy. I do about half of what Lou does, but then I'm a 50 year old male at 5'8 and 180 lbs. (down from 270). So if you need to lose weight, cut the carbs as deep as you can, if not youd be OK at the rcommended 100 or so a day. And water - as much as you can tolerate.