I do not understand carbs!

By suzannasinister Latest Reply 2014-07-22 21:08:41 -0500
Started 2012-06-21 12:29:05 -0500

I am struggling a LOT
I see on the packaging of food for instance 24 grams of Carbohydrates
Then I am told that I am allowed 1 carb for a particular meal
there is very little with zero carbs barring tuna and a handful of other things.
What then am I supposed to do?
Even an apple has carbs
so does a strawberry
Everything has them so do I eat the one teaspoon of whatever has 1 gram of carbohydrates for my one carb?
If so what else can I eat other than water, coffee, or tea?
My blood sugar is over the top EVERYDAY
I am losing my mind with this.
Any intelligent answers would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Lost and losing the battle.

57 replies

reddogscindy@gmail.com 2014-07-22 21:08:41 -0500 Report

In my 30 yrs of dealing with this, I know what I can eat, and what I can't. Rice bread, corn etc all turns to sugar, so, I don't eat it, now brown rice is good but u have small sizes. Small plate, fill it up(can't get much on small plate) write it down, take dogs for a 1-2 mile walk. I don't count carbs, We all do what is best for ourselves. I am in control, but my sugar drops, been like that from the start.

Missy S Osbon
Missy S Osbon 2013-04-09 12:28:00 -0500 Report

Suzanna, First, I would suggest that you set-up an appt with a dietitian. A lot of local hospitals offer this service free of charge or maybe attend a Diabetes class. My husband and I have done both and our eyes were opened to many great things and great understanding of the whole low carb life-style.

By doing the class & meeting with the dietitian, my blood sugar has come down from an avg of 298/day to 125/day in just TWO weeks! Yes, 2 weeks! My eyesight has become clearer and I now can see far off with out everything being fuzzy!

As for the carbs, the dietitian recommended 40 carbs (max) per meal for me. So, that's approx. 120 carbs a day. Also, by setting up a file on myfitnesspal.com (which is a free tool), I can track my carbs one meal at a time. It has truly made the whole thing so very easy.

You can do this…just one better choice at a time and planning your meals through myfitnesspal.com. It's a lifesaver!


Lioness4love 2012-09-03 23:32:12 -0500 Report

So 1 carb is 15 grams total. Lots and lots of salads too. Eat more white meats then red. Also no more than 1500Mg of sodium a day! Maybe less depending on your doctor. Are you on insulin?

Lioness4love 2012-09-03 23:28:12 -0500 Report

I'm new at this but have been controlling my numbers since I found out. So its easier to count all the carbs of everything at every meal but only eat about 30 total carbs aka 2. Its so much easier this way but stay away from all breads even grains and wheat only because you spike easy. Also east lots of egg whites. Most veggies are free but still have at least 5 grams per cup. Strawberries are considered slow carbs. Eat apple with peanut butter not by its self. Why? Because the protein will help slow the sugar absorption. Making it slow help keep in balance. Just keep in mind to balance you're foods, example: protein, fats,carbs it helps.

samiks82 2012-07-25 12:37:51 -0500 Report

I found eating low carb and high protien works for my levels. It has helped improve my highs from 300s or higher to under 250s. Ialso have insuln carb ratio dosing. Id ask ur dr for insuln carb ratio doesing.

JSJB 2012-07-11 17:42:57 -0500 Report

I don't know where you read or heard that myth but you need carbs to say healthy even with this condition. Thirty plus years ago I started doing the carb diet and my limit was 60 a day to lose weight and it worked but with this condition I keep to 85 to 115 carbs a day. It is choosing the right carbs to eat that help. Read the posts on this site and it will educate you on eating carbs but remember what is good for me is not good for you so keep a journal and see how it varries from day to day on your diet. Good Luck

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-07-11 09:31:45 -0500 Report

Eating 1 carb per meal is very unrealistic! I would say find another dietician:) Also, if you do carb counting, it works a lot better than being restricted. I am Type 1 on an insulin pump. Basically, I count the carbs I am about to eat, and then take the correct amount of insulin to cover the carbs. For instance, if I am going to have a lunch that contains 50 carbs, and my insulin to carb ratio is 1-10, i would take 5 units. Basically, for every 10 carbs I consume, I take 1 unit of insulin. You should talk to your dr about it. I will have been type 1 for 19 years, and I have to say, this carb counting in great! As well as beingon the insulin pump :)

GODSANGEL41309 2012-07-10 23:49:31 -0500 Report

Diabetes is very complicated and especially confusing when u are not knowledgeable about carbs and anatomy. Its been 5 years as a diabetic and I still haven't made the changes I know i NEED to. My next step according to my doctor is insulin and this next step SCARES ME TO DEATH!

I love this website so much because doctors know what they need to know but DIABEETICS LIVE WHAT THEY KNOW. thanks for listening.

dubyadd 2012-06-26 05:53:39 -0500 Report

Carbs are sneaky little devils… they are different for every food. The carbs in rice for example, digest very quickly, raising your blood glucose, whereas the carbs in beans digest much slower. So given the same about of carbs in each, beans would be the better choice. To make this simpler, I use a glycemic index chart. They are available on the internet. I try to have as many low GI items as I can and avoid Hi GI items. On my list canned baked beans have a 48 GI, instant white rice has a GI of 91, so by substituting beans, for rice, I will better control my blood glucose.

robertoj 2012-06-26 04:38:16 -0500 Report

To few carbs can cause problems. Exercise is the most important thing. I eat several small meals and don't worry about the number of carbs. Quality is more important. Stress is a killer it causes many problems including high bg. Meditation is a great way to achieve calm. Walking while listening to music is good too.

flipmom 2012-06-25 20:56:35 -0500 Report

I gave up carb counting years ago!! I do the plating method, Its much easier for me. I actually eat less carb that way…

Jake Levinthal
Jake Levinthal 2012-06-25 20:47:18 -0500 Report

Having a low carb diet is hard :/ I know that Greek yogurt is supposed to be high in protein, but is it recommended for us diabetics?

Type1Lou 2012-07-11 09:10:39 -0500 Report

I eat Greek yogurt for my breakfast each morning. I take two pieces of WASA Rye Crisp (Light Rye) bread, lightly toast and spread the yogurt over it, then top with fresh fruit (blueberies, strawberries, peaches…) With the milk in my morning coffee, it comes to 30 grams of carb. It's like eating a little pastry that's actually good for you! Not all Greek yogurts are created equal…my favorite is the Fage brand which is creamy and not as tart as many others.

dubyadd 2012-06-26 05:22:17 -0500 Report

Have you looked at the nutritional info, side by side with other yogurts. I found that plain yogurt Greek style is higher in protein, but it tastes awful. Put some fruit in it and its all the same. I buy light , non fat yogurt, at walmart, 4 -6oz cartoons for $1.88. The Greek stuff is almost double. There is also soy yogurt which is even healthier, but the cost is like eating gold, so I passed on it.

Type1Lou 2012-07-11 09:16:34 -0500 Report

I beg to disagree…I've bought the store-brand Plain yogurts and Greek yogurts but find that I have to drain them to get the same creamy consistency of the Fage Greek Yogurt. Fage is also not as tart as many of the other Greek style yogurts. In draining the excess liquid out of the less expensive yogurts, I lose about 1/3 of the volume…so, not as much of a savings as initially thought. The Fage is more expensive, but for me, (and I'm a Yankee penny-pincher), it is worth it.

dubyadd 2012-07-12 18:12:56 -0500 Report

by the way what is "FAGE GREEK YOGURT"? Is that a type of yogurt or a local name brand. I live on the west cost and have looked for different types of yogurt and talked with dairy mgrs in 6-7 different stores , but have not heard of this

Type1Lou 2012-07-13 10:16:52 -0500 Report

"Fage" is a brand name. I've purchased in in major grocery stores in both Florida (Publix) and New England (Hannaford, Shaws). Chobani is also another brand of Greek yogurt that I'll buy if I can't get the Fage. Sorry that you can't find it on the west coast. Here is the Fage website with store locator: www.fageusa.com/

dubyadd 2012-07-12 18:09:24 -0500 Report

well different strokes for different folk, glad you like it and can afford it. as for me, I'll stick with non-fat light yogurt that I can afford, like yoplait @ 3 for $1.00 at a discount grocery or walmart brand 4 for $1.88. Are you sure your not eating feta cheese with all that draining it sounds like what I do when I buy natural style feta, lots of water in it.

Type1Lou 2012-07-13 10:21:05 -0500 Report

Before Greek style yogurt became available in stores, I would buy plain yogurt and drain it through cheese cloth-covered strainer overnight to create a thicker, creamy yogurt similar to the Greek yogurt you can now buy in the stores. The liquid that I drained off would account for 1/3 to 1/2 of the initial volume purchased. Definitely different from Feta cheese which I also love.

dubyadd 2012-07-15 00:25:55 -0500 Report

well I'm no expert on yogurt , Greek or otherwise. I just read the nutritional labels and buy the cheapest. I guess I'm too easy to please. But I do know that the Greek yogurt I have seen in stores is always costs more than the "regular" stuff, and I have found it has a slightly sour taste which I could get used to if it was that much better for me and was cheaper too. But alas , I have not found that to be the case. I'll stick with the lo fat light stuff with the lightest price.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-26 01:20:21 -0500 Report

Since some varieties are low carb and high protein I believe it is. I enjoy mixing it with some softened cream cheese and a little dollop of sour cream for a no cook cheesecake

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-06-25 10:57:19 -0500 Report

15 grams of carbohydrates equals 1 serving of carbs. You can count grams or you can count servings of carbs.
Read the nutrition labels on all packaged foods and check a carb counting book for fresh foods. 2 things to look for are:
1. The serving size of that food
2. The "Total Carbohydrates" for that serving size
The "Total Carbohydrates" will be listed in terms of grams of carbohydrates.
For example:
Serving Size: 1 cup
Total Carbohydrates: 22
So if you are using the "Grams per day" method you would simply add 22 grams to your total grams for the day.
If you are using the "Servings of Carbs per day method, you would take the 22 grams of carbohydrates as listed on the nutrition sheet and divide that 22 grams by 15 to determine the number of servings of carbs you get in that 1 cup of Cheerios. 22 grams divided by 15 (grams per 1 serving of carbs) equals 1.46666 serving of carbs. So if you were counting the Servings of Carbs in a given day, you would add 1.46 to your serving of carbs per day.

How many carbs should you eat in a day? You are the only one who can determine that number. Look at what you would normally eat if you were not counting your carbohydrates. Measure that food and add it up. Using either the "Grams per day" or the "Servings of Carbs" per day method, can then decide how many carbohydrates you would like to eliminate.

Let's say you found you were eating 20 servings of carbs per day on a regular bases. ( BTW in terms of grams of carbs for the day that would equal 20x15=300 grams). You may decide to cut out 5 to 8 servings of carbs per day. Do that for 2 weeks and see what happens. Is your blood sugar coming down? Are you losing weight? How do you feel? Etc.

CAUTION: If you are taking hypoglycemic oral agents to reduce your insulin resistance or to increase your insulin production or you are taking insulin injections, you NEED to check with your doctor before doing any of the above. Your doctor is giving you medication based on your last Ha1c. That gives him/her a guideline to follow in terms of the carbs you are taking on a daily basis. When you cut those carbs and still take the same amount of medication, you run a HUGE risk of developing hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

Counting your carbs whether by grams or by number of servings of carbs per day, is an incredibly easy task. The changes that controlling your carbs will have will be life changing for you.

I hope this helps! God bless!

hughsbayou 2012-06-22 11:08:38 -0500 Report

1 carb serving = 15 grams of carb non-fiber If the package tells you that one half cup serving size has 22 g carb and 5 grams of fiber (some oatmeal for instance) that is a net carb load of 17. Close enough or just eat a little less than a full serving. It's actually not that hard once you get an idea of how it works.

I avoid bread (I do eat those multi grain thin buns which are about 1 serving each) pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.

My blood sugar is under control without meds after one year.

Best of luck.

suzannasinister 2012-06-22 11:56:29 -0500 Report

I LOVE those multigrain round thin buns!
I was looking at bread one day and an elderly woman was watching me read every package and I was almost beside myself. She moved down, picked up a package of those round thin breads and showed me that a whole one was equal to slightly less than one slice of regular bread. I was so grateful I hugged her and I'd never seen her before in my life.
Now I make grilled chicken or turkey or any meat sandwiches with those and load on the veggies. one thin slice of the meat then an inch of veggies!
It's like eating a whole meal.
just love them!~S~

barbleehar 2013-04-09 09:58:01 -0500 Report

I found those too! I actually like them better than white bread. What's funny is other people in my family like them too.

suzannasinister 2012-06-22 05:58:21 -0500 Report

Thank you to everyone who's responded.
It is very cathartic to know I am not alone~S~

hello Nette
hello Nette 2013-04-05 13:45:57 -0500 Report


jayabee52 2013-04-05 14:03:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Nette
please don't be shy we don't bite!

hello Nette
hello Nette 2013-04-05 15:47:42 -0500 Report

Hello, I did not realize that i had typed something in this chat while riding my stationary bike during work break time. Lol. I like to read everyone's advice, struggles, and success stories. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 and learning how to count my carb intake. I have been advised to eat 45 grams of carb for my 3 meals. In addition to all of this learning, I am being proactive in working out. I work from home for a call center and during my two 15 min. break I would ride my stationary bike for 10 minutes. After work I would do P90X. I take this disease very seriously because my younger brother almost died from it. My step brother did die from this disease. I know this will be a life long learning experience and a different way of living (a healthier way of living).

jayabee52 2013-04-05 21:14:39 -0500 Report

Great to hear from you Nette! I am glad you mistakenly typed that I so we could get to know you! Great attitude, I must say!


Nana_anna 2012-06-22 11:02:09 -0500 Report


This website should answer some of your questions and helps with meal planning includes how to plan your carbs through the day.

jayabee52 2012-06-23 13:49:15 -0500 Report

That list is all very well and good, but how does it help YOU with your unique metabolism? What I have done - and continue to do when I encounter a new food is to follow the procedure outlined here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... It does require a bit of extra testing but you'll end up with a book of foods/drinks which is specifically tailored to your biochemical uniqueness

Thomas Shulin
Thomas Shulin 2012-06-23 12:19:37 -0500 Report

Everyone should have that list, it's an easy and quick reference to most of the foods in your cabinets, or at least some of the foods that should be.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-21 19:00:27 -0500 Report

Too add to the carb confusion not all carbs have the same effect on your BG. Most (but not all) people with diabetes (PWD) have better BG control if they avoid or limit carbs from white flour, rice, white potatoes, and most fruit juices. For me the carbs from corn, oats, and bananas will also spike my BG every time I have tried them.
If you can test your BG before and then every 30 minutes after eating for about 2 to 3 hours you will be able to learn if a food has a spike effect for you or not. That has kept me from losing my mind. (Even if there may be some people on this site who might strongy disagree and believe it is long gone. Oh, you know who you are.)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-21 17:13:56 -0500 Report

Hi, It can be confusing, and takes work. You have been given some great advice from other's here:) Did your dr send you to see a nutritionist/dietician? This is a great way to get started. You'll learn about carbs, fats and protein and how to have a balanced meal. Also, you will get help setting up a plan for your lifestyle. You also get help with correct portion sizes as we usually tend to serve more based on what we "think" is right. Once you learn the above it will be easier to follow.

Ask your dr to refer you to a nutritionist and classes and watch the video's and read the links below, can never get too much info.

You are not lost and losing the battle, just under informed and as for the battle, well you are here asking so you are still fighting!!!

MAYS 2012-06-21 16:03:25 -0500 Report

Here is some information that may interest you:




The answer to your question concerning 1 carbohydrate pertains to 1 carbohgydrate serving and is covered at the end of this video listed below:


This food adviser from the American Diabetes Association should be helpful to you also:


Take your time, although we are all diabetics, or caregivers, our carbohydrate needs are different due to many factors including the severity of our diabetes, our methods of managing it (medications, physical activity, age, etc.) just use this information as a guideline, a great deal of experimentation may be required on your behalf so my suggestion is for you to keep a food diary to document your findings and test your blood before a meal and two hours after a meal and record this in your food diary for about a month or two then discuss your findings with your doctor, dietician, or nutritionist.



Harlen 2012-06-21 15:59:29 -0500 Report

I know how you feel I was so overwhelmed when I was learning how to deal with this .
Relax -take a deep breth
There is no way to take in only 1 carb a meal you will need meds to help with that .They sead to me you got to cut out all the fats and carbs you eat
Well as a chef I know FOOD is carbs and or fats -if it dosent have one or the other it is not food lol
Reed the poast here and you will see there are ways to work with it .
Best wishes

Type1Lou 2012-06-21 15:55:51 -0500 Report

Irish touched upon the several ways of counting carbs. From my understanding, there are two major ways: 1) counting the total carbs grams of the foods you eat or 2) using the carb exchange plan which, quite frankly, I find more complicated. The second system based on carb exchanges groups food into categories based on their typical food content. For example, one "starch" exchange is counted as 15 grams of carbohydrate. (This is what I think you were told to follow.) Starches include bread, potatoes, rice, cereals, beans…usually anything "white" is a starch. One Fruit exchange is also counted as 15 grams of carb. One "Milk" exchange is counted as 12 grams of carb; one "vegetable exchange is counted as 5 grams of carb and all meat exchanges have no carbs. Too confusing for me. I prefer to just look up the total carbs of the food I am eating and add all the carbs up and go from there. There are people that will advise you to deduct the fiber carbs from the total since fiber is not digested. I choose not to do this.

I limit my meals to 30 grams of carb for breakfast and 45 grams of carb each for lunch and dinner for a daily total of 120 grams. This works for me. Star by reading all of the food labels and serving sizes to determine how many grams of carb are in the serving you choose to eat. It'll open your eyes!

There are a number of books out there to help you understand this. I bought Gary Scheiner's "The Ultimate guide to accurate CARB counting" which provided great information.

Good luck! Hope this helps!

Irish1951 2012-06-21 13:43:53 -0500 Report

This can be confusing and frustrating I know. The "1 carb" you are referring to is probably "1carb serving". This is a simplified way of counting carbs advocated by the ADA. A "1carb" serving is actually equal to 15 carbs. For example the standard is that a piece of sandwich bread contains a "1carb" serving. This can confuse those new to carb counting and isn't always explained well in the intro classes. As JB said the usual recommendation is 30 to 45 carbs per meal( or "2" or "3" carb servings per meal). The other part is that the ADA says that a snack is recommended to be "1" carb(serving). Many recommend up to 180 total grams of carb per day for men and 160 for women. Many on this site have cut that amount significantly. How much is actually up to you and what you find works best with what your meter tells you is going on. Don't stress over it as it will come with time.

Welcome to our community and know that there are slot of us here who will help you with anything you want to know. Just ask.

jayabee52 2012-06-21 13:20:37 -0500 Report

Howdy Suzanna, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. Sorry you qualify for inclusion in this "little party" but since you do, this is IMO a great place to be.

One of the things which may be messing with your head is the low carb suggestions mentioned here. Note nobody here is advocating a "NO carb" meal plan. What is recommended is a LOW carbohydrate meal plan.

The amount of carbs you may have ought be discussed with your Dr or CDE or RD.

Generally speaking the recommended carb intake per meal is 35 through 45 carbs for ladies. For men the general recommendation is 45 though 60 carbs per meal (based on 3 meals/day).

I have developed a meal plan to manage my Blood Glucose (BG) levels without the use of diabetes medications, see that plan here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

Praying for your IMPROVED health and for God's richest blessings for you and yours

James Baker

arsmithsr 2012-06-21 13:14:54 -0500 Report

The problem for the most part in regards to your blood sugar is sugar fructose and these types of simple carbs or sugars. White flour rice potatoes pasta. Instead try to use complex cabs whole wheat multi grain brown rice. These are absorbed much slower than the simple carbs. But you will have to drasticaly cit back on all carbs in order to bring your blood sugar under control.

Most vegatables will be fine most meats will be fine. Milk and dairy do contain types of sugar but are slower to be released in the blood stream and so raise blood sugar slower. There is no quick fix. Diet will play a huge roll in your quality of life. Even if you take insulin if you don't change the way you eat you will have problem's. A dietition will be able to help you develope a diet to work for you or just do a lot of reading. If you also have problem's with cholestrol then you have to really watch your fats as well in that case a switch to Olive oil for all your cooking will make an incredible difference. 1 thing you will quickly learn is medication aside the cost of eating like this is very very expensive.

Nick1962 2012-06-21 13:42:20 -0500 Report

Well, arsmithsr, your last sentence is pretty accurate. Junk food is cheap, and eating healthy does become costly, however i look at it a little different.
When i consider how much money per month i spent on blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes medications, not to mention time out of work every quarter to see my doctor and co-pays, eating healthy is not anymore expensive. Plus, it's an investment in your own future health and avoiding those medical costs as well.

arsmithsr 2012-06-21 14:58:35 -0500 Report

No one is arguing that it is not healthier but even carbs can be healthy just not for us. And it is more expensive to eat when you have to cut most of the simple carbs we are used to eating as the bulk of a meal. So just being Diabetic and trying to eat a lower carb more complex carb diet does cost more than a normal healthy diet if you could include more simple carbs.

Nick1962 2012-06-21 15:24:54 -0500 Report

Can't disagree it is more costly if you just look at food costs. I offset that by what I save in medical costs and still come out ahead.
Not sure being diabetic figures into it though in my opinion. My wife (non-D) and I share the same diet, which we consider a normal healthy diet. At least for us, our meal plan has nothing to do with being diabetic.

arsmithsr 2012-06-21 15:48:36 -0500 Report

I know for my part I used to eat alot more carbs than what I eat now. I am not now have I ever been overweight. So I could eat pretty much anything I wanted. I do not think any Dr. would say just eating alot of carbs is bad. It does make up a majority of most humans diet. SO it is an adjustment and it is costlier to replace those filling Carbs like patatoes and rice with other more complex carbs. Now I have never had a big sweet tooth so I never was one for alot of junk food per se' but I did eat chips and dip and that sort of thing every once and a while. With Diet I have my Diabeties under control. And can actually now eat some more of the things that used to rasie my BS levels. I don't really pay for meds because I don't need them and can get them from the VA for cheap. Others not so much. Test strips on the other hand are very costly. It does make sense to look at the plus side of being healthier but it does cost more to shop and it is harder to shop. I wish my wife was more willing to join in the diet as it would make things easier for all but she is unwilling.

I think it is realistic to look at the whole picture and even with my BS under control it is a royal pain!!! I am also having frequent lows which is also a royal pain!! So any way you look at it it does cost. But it is indeed cheaper if you can control your diet and control your BS through excersizes and diet you are much much better off.

Nick1962 2012-06-21 16:14:57 -0500 Report

Agreed wholeheartedly, in fact you and I are in about the same place with our condition right now. When you’re used to eating all sorts of junk, the switch does seem to be a huge cost increase. I was fortunate, both my wife and I needed to lose weight so we both went on the same plan. That was the primary goal, and it just so happened that the plan was great for controlling my numbers. Our daughter (not living at home) adopted the same plan but leaned more vegan. Not to stray from the original post, but we keep a budget and here’s how I seem to be coming out ahead:

We actually eat less food due to portion control. My weekly grocery bill dropped by about 10% even after purchasing the higher cost fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. During the season, our daughter shops a lot of farmer’s markets and cut her weekly bill by 40%.
We eat out less (OK that one is because I’m diabetic and have a hard time finding D friendly restaurants).
We’ve eliminated (both wife and I) many medications that ran us about $300/month even with good insurance.
We’ve reduced our insurance premiums by 10-20% by participating (and succeeding) in their wellness incentive programs.
We’re rarely sick anymore, so our job benefits allotted to sick time don’t get used and are now used for vacations.

So when I look at the budgets from a few years ago, our total food outlay is actually lower, as well as our medical. I guess more to the original post (and your comments as well), yup, no doubt carb counting is necessary, and there will be some sticker shock, but there will be benefits you don’t see right away.

arsmithsr 2012-06-21 16:45:57 -0500 Report

I guesse in a way I got lucky if having Diabeties can be lucky. I haven't been sick and not overweight, Which is what kind of shocked me I am actually very thina dn always have been. So having Diabeties was kind of a shock. I did eat alot of carbs we have never really had much money what we ate was not really unhealthy just alot of carbs which is now a problem. So I never had the really high health care bills or time out of work. My lost time came from a crappy economy. The one thing I did so was drink soda's aot. I didn't really put together the increased thirst as a problem. I was thirsty so I drank soda's. I wasn't everwieght so I didn't worry about driking diet. And so things progressed. We can all learn. I find the watching the carbs and staying away from sugar works. Now I am having to worry about crashing. Almost every after noon now. Now I have to carry snacks and that pisses me off to no end. All the stuff I have to carry with me all the time.!!

Nick1962 2012-06-21 20:18:20 -0500 Report

Yes, as odd as it sounds I've always said getting diabetes saved my life. I never had the soda issue, mine was just sheer volume - a before bed "snack" for me was a quarter pound of cheese and a quarter box of saltine crackers (unsalted, i did have some health sense). I was a carboholic. As tight as I've cut my diet now, I do have some worrysome lows, but as you say, we are all learning. I've always got a bag of nuts and a few packs of sugar in the truck for those extended days on the road, and I'm snacking about every three hours. So far, aside from some freaky instances that may or may not be diabetes related, I'm in better shape than i expected to be.

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