Do DRs not teach T2s to count carbs?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-02-11 11:20:07 -0600
Started 2014-02-02 08:29:35 -0600

I keep seeing all these posts about which sweetener to use. I have to wonder why we are only looking to cut sugar when it's ANY CARB that will raise your BG. Do doctors not teach T2 diabetics to count carbs? Are they just telling you to cut out the sugar? You can put Splenda in your tea but paired with a big bowl of spaghetti, you've done nothing.

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Anonymous 2014-02-06 14:13:09 -0600 Report

I know my dr didn't. She told me to watch my sugars when I was pre-diabetic. So I ate stuff that didn't have sugar - like pretzels. Even when I figured out I should be counting carbs, I asked how many I should be intaking a day. the number I was given (and I tried to adhere to) wasn't even enough for a meal. I had a massive headache for days. Then I started seeing a nutritionist. I truly feel if drs aren't going to guide you in the right direction, they should automatically have you see a nutritiionist.

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-02-06 16:27:44 -0600 Report

I totally agree! I wouldn't necessarily say a nutritionist, but a dietitian for sure. Doctors should be required to refer newly diagnosed patients to a CDE directly. Regular doctors should not be directly diabetics on how to manage their disease. I have found that most do not have an up to date knowledge of diabetes care; they just know how to diagnose it (usually).

Glucerna 2014-02-06 16:26:22 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear you had good results by working with a nutritionist. You're right that doctors often don't have time to spend with folks teaching about nutrition and carbohydrate, and working one-on-one or in a group with a nutritionist is a really good idea. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-02-04 16:19:20 -0600 Report

I think it all depends on the doctor and the medical practice. Some automatically refer people newly diagnosed with diabetes to a diabetes education team or diabetes education classes, and others handle the information in their office. When you're newly diagnosed, it's difficult to know what questions to ask, isn't it? ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-02-02 11:44:23 -0600 Report

This is so true. Often the carb cutting stops at sugar and it needs to go so much farther. That is one reason I cut my baking with half almond flour or find a way to keep it out all together.

I don't think doctors really explain it. They often send you off with the "eat sugar free" foods, and miss the whole point. I know mine didn't give me any advice. I had been here already for almost a year, so I didn't care. But there are so many people who are still in the dark ages on what we should avoid. It's sad that our doctors are some of them.

jigsaw 2014-02-02 08:47:04 -0600 Report

Being aware of carbs, (both simple carbs and complex carbs) is only a part of the formula to successful diabetic mgmt including glucose control. Carbs are crucial and a main source of bodily energy. Overload yourself on carbs, and your glucose goes high! Over compensate with NOT enough carbs, your in for potential and even serious problems also.
Not only is it important to determine the proper and acceptable carb intake for each individual, but it's also important to determine a healthy nutritionally balanced food plan! It's a good idea to see your physician as well as a registered dietician, that specializes in diabetes. Expert guidance with the most proficient professionals can be a smart safety cushion to diabetic mgmt!

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