Carb counting sucks

By sweetburr Latest Reply 2013-03-31 21:42:49 -0500
Started 2013-03-28 16:38:33 -0500

I'm a type1 diabetic I been one since I was 13 I've always been on the pen my doctor is trying to get me to go with the pump but I have to learn how to carb count and I HATEEEE IT I never seem to get it .. Does any one have any tips to help me count carbs ?!?!?

Girl who wants to go pump

18 replies

IronOre 2013-03-31 21:42:49 -0500 Report

In the beginning it will be a bit of work, but eventually it will get better and you probably won't have to look much up because you will have the numbers memorized.

Type1Lou 2013-03-30 13:06:18 -0500 Report

It may suck, but it works. I still struggle to get an accurate count, even after doing it for a number of years but the effort is rewarded by better A1c results, fewer high or low blood sugar episodes and reducing the risk of future complications. My husband bought me a paperback carb counting guide to help me and I have a scale, bought at Target, that when you put in the correct food code (provided in a booklet that comes with the scale) will weigh your food and provide the nutritional data, including grams of carb. I use it every time I eat an apple because they can vary so much in size…usually from 25 grams of carb to 36 grams of carb. I'll bet there are even apps for Smart Phones that could help..(but I don't have a Smart Phone.)

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 14:50:21 -0500 Report

The longer you do it the better your guess estimations will become. It was hard for me to transition from how I was taught to carb counting too, but I did it.

rmklaus 2013-03-28 22:35:55 -0500 Report

I started carb counting at the beginning of the year due to my December A1C being 10.8% and it had improved my numbers so much. Monday I had an A1C done it is now 7.5% and the only thing I changed was counting my carbs. I am also type 1 but do not have a pump. Good luck.

Gwen214 2013-03-28 20:00:32 -0500 Report

I use to think that way, but when you get it, it becomes easier. You will appreciate it more, especially if your a pump user. Take care

Harlen 2013-03-28 18:59:00 -0500 Report

Ok for me I use a book called the calorie king it saved me a lot of stress
Best wishes

sweetburr 2013-03-28 19:07:50 -0500 Report

Oh wow my doctor gave me that book I'm going to take a look at it thanks

manapua72 2013-03-29 00:12:50 -0500 Report

Hey I've never seen that book , but I have the related Calorie King App on my smart phone … It helps a lot when I choose to use it … Contains great info … Been pumping since last November …

missymoose13 2013-03-28 17:29:55 -0500 Report

Yay I'm a type one and I could NEVER figure out the counting the sugar and the fats. And everything and my sugar used to be all over the place. Since I got the pump all you have to count are the carbs like sandwich bread is 15 grams per slice so you figure you eat 30 per sandwich and if you input that into the pump it will figure out how much insulin you'll need depending on your sugar at that time

sweetburr 2013-03-28 17:34:42 -0500 Report

That seems pretty simple I hope I can do it cause I really want the pump

missymoose13 2013-03-28 17:39:18 -0500 Report

It's really cool I LOVE mine my a1c is 6.4 and used to be like 15 ( I was hard headed) the only thing is that have to remember to cover it when you go on rides at Disneyland so it won't get drenched ;-))