Carb counting

diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-02-22 02:55:30 -0600
Started 2013-02-19 04:03:10 -0600

Since joining tonight I have been reading posts just trying to educate myself and have seen alot if posts about carb counting. For type 2 diabetics is this a must in the last 3 weeks my doctor has had me monitor my sugars closely to see where they are in terms of high ranges. I have tried to cut out carbs ei white flour and haven't even been eating whole wheat pasta and only eating protien and veggies for lunch and supper. I am also on a protein shake replacement meal plan called body by visalus but this hasn't seemed to make a difference. Any info I can get on this subject would be appreciated. Carb counting seems time consuming.

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diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-21 22:31:45 -0600 Report

How many carbs are ok for a meal?

jayabee52 2013-02-22 02:55:30 -0600 Report

That really depends on a lot of variables, DD.

First of all, how many meals per day do you intend to eat?

It also depends on your gender, your activity levels, ect.

Based on 3 meals per day, a "ballpark" figure will be 30 to 45 carbs per meal. But you really should discuss this with a nutritionist (a RD) or a clinical diabetes educator (CDE) to whom you ahve been referred by your MD or Endo.


Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-21 22:29:55 -0600 Report

Simply put…with diabetes, carb counting is a must. Once you start counting (read the nutritional info on the packaging) eventually you'll just know pretty much how many carbs are in what foods. I still have to check most everyday just to be sure. You cannot skip this step…it's one of the most important (if not THE most important).

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-21 09:06:28 -0600 Report

Co grandma that's very informative thank you. I do subtract the fibre from the carbs. And I have put the shakes on the back burner for a bit and have taken up the g I diet book again. The foods on that diet are slower digesting and won't make me have bg spikes. Do the flicker a shakes taste good?

cograndma 2013-02-21 08:55:17 -0600 Report

you need to know whether or not the Body By Visalus is made for Diabetics…If it is, it will have slowly digestable carbs that will not make you have blood sugar spikes…I am guessing that this product does not, because you say that you are not seeing any difference… When I was diagnosed, my DR said that I should drink a glucerna shake for breakfast & lunch…morning & afternoon snack and a prepackaged meal for dinner that was under 500 calories…He told me to not look at any of the information on the package and not to obsess about carbs, sugars etc, because we were going to do this routine for only a short time to lose some weight… In 6 months I lost 25 lbs…
Also you can use things like Dream Fields Pasta and look for bread that does not have enriched flour..Enriched flour can inhibit the lowering of blood sugars.
My doc said that I should have no more than 45g of total carbs for each meal and that the lower the % of that is real sugar, the better. Also you need to look at the label and subtract total fiber grams from the carb # because fiber is not digested. Don't get all bogged down from label reading because it can blow your mind…

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-19 22:59:34 -0600 Report

Thank you both Just Joyce and lentyl. I have seen a dietician when first diagnosed and again about a yr or so ago I asked to see one again. I was told to chose whole wheat breads and pastas over brands made with white flour. I exercise tho in the last few weeks I have been really I'll with this disease and have been dizzy and lightheaded so haven't been in the treadmill much. I moved across Canada In oct 2012 and am now am preparing to move again from western Alberta to eastern Alberta. So finding a support team has not been easy. Thank you for all the input. I will see if my dr will be able to refer me to someone in my new town for education on carb counting.

cograndma 2013-02-21 08:59:51 -0600 Report

when you get dizzy, do you check your sugars… when some get sick, they forget to go about normal routines with meds and sugar testing??!! Also do you drink lots of water when sick??

Lentyl 2013-02-19 22:43:09 -0600 Report

Carb counting is the best route that I've noticed here. I've been counting for 6 years now and thankful that I've done so. Initially my BG reading was over 33 ( for those in the Unied States that's over 594). Counting carbs brought my sugars down to 12 (218) in four months, still high but lots better. Now I'm down to mid-7 to mid-8 (mid-126 to mid - 144). I'm still working at getting numbers lower. Diabetes is both a process and a discipline. You can do it. We've all started out with struggles.

You have a choice I guess. Count carbs and have few problems or don't count carbs and encounter many problems. The choice is yours but you will find lots of help here.

cograndma 2013-02-21 09:01:49 -0600 Report

I totally agree…you have made a big step by asking others what works for them. The most frustrating thing about this disease is that it reacts differently for each person…that makes it so blasted frustrating…

Lentyl 2013-02-21 10:54:35 -0600 Report

If my mind serves me it seems that the question about what we counted be it calories, carbs, etc. 98% of the response was counting carbs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-19 09:39:03 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family. It is almost impossible to cut out carbs entirely because many foods have carbs in them naturally. You have to count carbs. Ask your doctor how many carbs you should have per meal. Mine are 60. I rarely eat 60 carbs per meal. When I was first diagnosed, I did the 60 per meal and 15 carbs per snack.

I don't omit a meal by using protein or any other kind of shakes. I think they can be counter productive because I prefer to get my nutrients from the food. You also have to keep a log of your blood sugar and take this with you to the doctor.

For me counting carbs is what got my sugar levels under control and this keeps me in control 98% of the time. I have highs and lows but I can get that under control by eating something to bring the low back to my normal range or exercising to get the high down. If you have not done this, see a nutritionist and attend a diabetes education class. This might help you get things under control and teach you how to count carbs.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-21 22:37:48 -0600 Report

Also …you need carbs for energy, so you can't cut them out. It's essential to a diabetics health to count them. Professionals will suggest that you choose healthy carbs I.e. fruits …but that's not always possible (sometimes I still need to eat on the run, but I know one small burger is approx 40 carbs). And w/ good timing and good carb counting I can still have a piece of cake or a couple of cookies between meals. I have literally weighed in @ 140 lbs for 2 yrs straight primarily based on my diet.

MAYS 2013-02-19 04:43:56 -0600 Report

Hello, and Welcome to the Family!
Whatever method you (and your doctors) decide to employ to manage your diabetes, the best thing that you can do is to learn as much as you can about that method both good and bad, I hope that the links below will help you to understand a little more about carbohydrate counting as a way to manage your diabetes.

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