lone wolf shane
By lone wolf shane Latest Reply 2014-03-04 18:57:47 -0600
Started 2014-02-25 10:57:44 -0600

Can diabetics have foods like pizza and spaghetti or white bread? And I keep keep hearing that if you are diabetic you have to eat 6 to 8 times a day is that correct?

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Type1Lou 2014-02-27 18:05:18 -0600 Report

For me, managing my diabetes is all about carbohydrate awareness. Learn how many carbs you are putting into your mouth since carbs are the primary cause of elevated blood glucose. There are apps and on-line guides for carbohydrate content of foods. Most national chain restaurants provide nutritional info for their menu items. (McDonalds has listed nutritional info on their paper placemats.) There are many books that include chain restaurant items: "Dana Carpender's New Carb and Calorie Counter" is one and Pizza Hut is listed. 1/8th (or one slice) of a 12 inch Pizza Hut Pizza has between 26 to 28 grams of carb; 1/8th of a 14 inch stuffed crust pizza has 39 to 40 grams of carb. At your current levels, you are courting trouble down the road…I sense that you're younger than I was at 27 when first diagnosed…although developing diabetes was a bummer, I was grateful that I did not have to deal with it as a teenager. The truth is, YOU control what you put into your mouth. It's your choice and your decision to make. Learn as much as you can about what causes elevated BG's and you'll be on the road to making the right choices. It's up to you.

autismmom04 2014-02-26 01:54:46 -0600 Report

I make my own pizza by using low carb tortillas. I put my toppings on it and bake in over for 10 mom and eat! Helps take away my pizza craving and it's yummy!

jaydoubleyou23 2014-02-25 21:44:15 -0600 Report

If you have type one you can eat anything as long as you take insulin for all the carbs and as long as you know how each type of food affects you.

Type1Lou 2014-02-27 17:51:31 -0600 Report

While we type1's can eat whatever we want as long as we properly dose our insulin boluses, if we eat more than we should, that practice will cause weight gain and will most likely increase insulin resistance. Carb awareness is the key…knowing how many carbs individual foods have and what each person can tolerate…we are not all created equal where carbs are concerned.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-25 19:24:26 -0600 Report

I agree with James. A diabetic can eat anything but you will pay the price. I can't stand pizza so I don't eat it. I eat white bread but I stick to one slice. I stay away from spaghetti and if I eat it, I stick to a forkful. Keep in mind that every time you eat starch especially a lot of pizza and spaghetti, your blood sugar is going to rise. I will eat one small red skinned white potato with a meal but not eat bread at all. If you want to eat the spaghetti, add a salad or some protein to try to balance out the carbs.

Eat one slice of pizza, wait two hours then test. If your blood sugar goes above 150 I would not eat pizza on a regular basis. It would be a treat when my blood sugar is around 90-100. Do the same with spaghetti. Measure out a serving size and eat it, wait the 2 hours and test.

Try pizza with a wheat crust and try to make it white pizza, no sauce. Pizza sauce is processed so you don't know how many carbs are in a serving and if you eat it on pizza you have no idea how many servings it took to cover one slice.

If your mom makes spaghetti have her switch to Dreamfields Pasta. it has a lower carb rate and taste like other spaghetti. I have had wheat, spinach and carrot pasta and it was the same consistency only it had the veggie taste.

Ask your doctor how many carbs per meal or per day. If you choose to eat 6 small meals, divide the carbs among the meals you are eating.

You should attend a diabetes education class with your mom and self educate. Each diabetics needs can be different because diabetes is not the same for everyone. Not all diabetics eat 6-8 times a day. I don't do that. I eat three meals with a healthy snack between each meal.

jayabee52 2014-02-25 11:16:05 -0600 Report

Howdy Shane
A person with diabetes (PWD) can eat ANYTHING that doesn't eat him first. The the real question in my mind is, "Do I want to pay the price for eating that?"

As to the aforementioned "pizza, spaghetti, white bread," generally speaking one is able to eat them and still maintain control over one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels, but the smallness of the amounts one has to eat, may not be deemed worth bothering to eat them. (I know tor me, personally, they are not)

It is also highly variable from person to person how each of those aforementioned foods, or any foods or drinks in particular, when consumed, will affect ones own metabolism. I have devised a way to tell what foods/drinks "play nice" with your particular metabolism, and which ones do not. You can find it here ~

I pray this answer has been helpful to you

James Baker

lone wolf shane
lone wolf shane 2014-02-25 12:00:06 -0600 Report

What's the average blood sugar supposed to be mine has been jumping between 230 and 280 yesterday it was 173

jayabee52 2014-02-25 13:55:07 -0600 Report

A controlled PWD should be having BG levels between 70 and 130 mg/dl.
Between 230 and 280 mg/dl is what I referred to as "paying the price" for eating those things.

I wouldn't eat those things myself and since your mother loves you, she is of the opinion you should not either.

Have you taken a look at my meal plan or method of determining what foods are OK for YOU to eat and which are not (in the links above). I would urge you to do so soon before you forget and perhaps put either or both into practice.

With BG levels above 140 mg/dl (which you are in spades) you run a serious risk of developing complications, like burning neuropathy of the feet and legs, chronic Kidney disease (ckd) which may eventually turn into the need for dialysis (I have BOTH and neither one is fun!) or charcot foot, gastroparesis, blindness from Retinopathy, cataracts or glaucoma.

It can affect your sexual health, and cause you to not be able to get or maintain an erection, (and as you seem to be a young man I know how important that can be).

And the list goes on and on for more on complications from diabetes look here ~

I would say that it is vitally important for you to get your Diabetes (whatever type it is) under control ASAP!
God's best to you

lone wolf shane
lone wolf shane 2014-02-25 11:21:16 -0600 Report

I am asking cause my mom is always on my case saying you can't be eating pizza or white bread you shouldn't be drinking regular soda it should be diet

Glucerna 2014-02-25 18:04:22 -0600 Report

Your mom is right that regular soda has far too much sugar in it for a person with diabetes. Test your blood sugar before a meal and then 1-2 hours after a meal, and you'll start to learn how individual foods affect you. I also heartily agree with others than attending a diabetes education class is going to be really helpful. You can even bring your mom! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Scarlet03 2014-02-25 11:46:45 -0600 Report

Another thing if you haven't done so. Is go to a diabetic class. If your insurance covers it. That's another thing I would do

Scarlet03 2014-02-25 11:06:31 -0600 Report

Course you can! Read the label or look up on the net with pizza what a slice is with carbohydrates. I can only eat white bread cause I'm allergic to wheat. It's a habit I've had for years. To read labels of everything I eat. Good luck to you

lone wolf shane
lone wolf shane 2014-02-25 11:14:46 -0600 Report

How do I do that when I eat out like at Pizza Hut

Scarlet03 2014-02-25 11:44:48 -0600 Report

Go on the net like James said before you leave. Check their menu. Or look up pizza for average carbohydrate count

jayabee52 2014-02-25 11:21:35 -0600 Report

If you are planning to go to PH, which is a national chain, look them up on the net and go to a link which probably says something like "nutrition information". If you are already there, they should have a sheet available with nutrition info on it. Just ask your wait staff for the nutritional information sheet.

It might also be a chance to check out how PH pizza affects your BG using the method I outline in the link above.

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