What is normal??

By SuzeQSezKY Latest Reply 2013-07-23 18:34:40 -0500
Started 2013-07-19 12:20:56 -0500

I am trying to find out what my diet should be. Number of carbs, proteins,etc. My last visit with my PCP said my blood sugar was elevated 116 should be between 65-99 he said to return in 2-4 weeks,
"maintain a diet low in fats and carbs, and walking exercise 3-5 days a week. Well, what is low in fats and carbs?? numbers please. Thanks

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Shershe699 2013-07-23 18:34:40 -0500 Report

After I was diagnosed three weeks ago, my PCP referred me to a diabetic specialist and also a nutritionist at our local hospital. The nutritionist in particular made ALL the difference in my understanding of this disease and learning to control my blood glucose levels. Best wishes!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-19 15:03:09 -0500 Report

Your PCP is the only person who can tell you what your diet should be and then he should have you see a nutritionist to help you with a meal plan that will work for you. You have to ask how many carbs and calories he/she wants you to have. Diabetes is not one size fits all and what your PCP wants you to have could be different from other people.

I base my carb intake on the amount of carbs my doctor said I can have per meal. Mine could be different from yours. Mine is based on my height, weight, age, gender and how active I am. This is why you need to talk to your PCP. This is what also makes it hard for anyone to answer your question.

Low fat foods are simple. Avoid fried foods, sauces and gravies high in fat. Meats and cheeses that are normaly fatty foods. Low carb foods are those that are not strachy. Starch converts to sugar so that would mean white potatoes, white rice, white bread, peas, corn and pasta. You should also avoid eating processed foods such as lunch meats, frozen prepared meals, boxed meals and canned foods as they are very high in sodium which isn't good either.

Nick1962 2013-07-19 14:48:41 -0500 Report

First, welcome to the group!

I think I would call your PCP for some clarification on what he/she said about your numbers. Yes, 116 is “elevated”, but was that a fasting test? Had you eaten recently? How was your stress level? I’ve always been told as the ADA recommends) “normal” diabetic daily range is 70-130 mg/dl http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-glucos... and the normal fasting number for non-diabetics is 70-100.

As for your diet, that’s pretty hard to answer without more information. Average daily minimum carb intake is supposedly 130 for women, but this varies widely on your height, weight, age, gender, exercise level, and the quality of carbs you do consume.

Low fat is pretty self explanatory. Stay away from fried stuff, higher fat meats and cheeses, etc. Good thing is that your numbers are low enough that just a small tweak in your diet should put you back in the “normal” range. Without knowing more about you though, I don’t feel comfortable offering any specifics.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-19 15:03:29 -0500 Report

Excellent as usual.

hairbear68 2013-07-19 16:19:21 -0500 Report

I heard 70 to 120 wish they make up there minds

Chief Scott
Chief Scott 2013-07-20 00:11:46 -0500 Report

All I know is that 70 is the low mark. Still not sure exactley where the high marks begins although I've received a couple of yellow colored numbers when my readings do start to get higher up the scale.