Counting Carbs

By AJMomma Latest Reply 2013-11-19 17:49:49 -0600
Started 2013-11-18 12:35:39 -0600

I am hoping here I can find some answers for my 25 yr old son who was diagnosed 5 yrs ago T1D. No idea why or how. So learning about it has been a challenge. Doctor just basically told him body parts will start being removed and blindess will happen, etc. The scare tactic, which only freaked my son out and saw that as a death notice. He is about 6' and now weighs 155 which is up for him. He take 30 units lantus at night and varied amounts Humalog with each meal. His levels are always high. His last A1C for 10.3, not good at all. He started just taking larger doses of insulin to get it down, but then would fall to 30-50 and feel like he was going to pass out. The trick we are trying to figure out is how much insulin to match carb servings. He eats quite healthy, loves salads and fish or chicken, avoids sugars, but should he not be eating potatoes, pasta or rice? Why is barley or quinoia better when it still has high carbs? I'm assuming break down time. If so how do you adjust insulin for lower vs higher glycemic foods? Trying to mix proteins with some carbs, as we were told too much protein would be bad and must mix in some carbs. We would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give us in getting him under control. It's been a very rough 5 yrs, but shock and denial have faded and now he is really accepting it and trying to get it under control and living a happy life. Thanks Gabby for your idea.

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AJMomma 2013-11-19 16:43:27 -0600 Report

Thank you for the responses. In the beginning we found an endo and educator/dietician but without insurance the money went quick. So we took what we learned and have been going trial and error. We get his eyes checked, his A1c done every 3 months, learn everything we can online. He has done yoga, integrative nutrition classes, and does breathing exercises daily. His calm has so improved from the raging anger episodes he used to have and didn't even remember to a now quieter calmer person always aware of his moods and careful to deal with them. Just need to figure the right amounts of insulin to carbs. Will keep working on it.

Glucerna 2013-11-19 17:49:49 -0600 Report

You might look into a diabetes support group in your area. Often hospitals offer a free support group, or your physician can refer you to one. November is National Diabetes Month and many state diabetes associations are offering free programs this month as well. ~:Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2013-11-18 17:39:05 -0600 Report

I hope you follow through with the suggestions to get a referral to a diabetes educator and dietitian. They'll be able to help you and your son learn about not only carbohydrate, but also an overall healthy diet. Please stay in touch and let us know how both of you are doing. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-18 15:30:46 -0600 Report

I would definitely find a diabetes educator asap. It blows my mind that they didn't offer him education before letting him go home after getting diagnosed! I hope it gets better. :)

Harlen 2013-11-18 13:42:35 -0600 Report

Yep ratio is off but this is what I do
I right every thing down if it goes in my mouth I right it down .
The book The Calorie King saved my but.
It has every thing in it ,even food you get out
Yes I use a scale ,it's a pain but it works .

kimfing 2013-11-18 13:31:39 -0600 Report

My opinion his carb to insulin ratio is off. I suggest he sees a diabetic educator and endo to get right ratio.