By AAHN Latest Reply 2014-05-21 18:08:23 -0500
Started 2014-05-21 17:23:45 -0500

I would like to work on one/two at a time.
Counting carb: how many per/meal? From what I have read that number can be different w/individuals but I've seen a range (female).
For T1, the carbs that I count are the "simple" and you don't really count carbs in non-starchy veggies?
Eating times: I need to eat or it is best that I eat the same day everyday? If that is the case, that seems to be an even bigger challenge.

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Type1Lou 2014-05-21 18:08:23 -0500 Report

The amount of carbs that work for YOU will depend on YOU (factoring your activity, height, weight, age, metabolism) That's why there's no "one right answer". I am a 64 year-old, moderately active, female who is 5'3" tall and weighs 120 pounds. I am happy with my weight, so am not looking to weigh less. I can tell you what works for me. I try to limit my "total daily carbs" (that includes ALL carbs, even those in non-starchy veggies) to 120 grams per day and I do not subtract for the fiber. I break it down to 30 grams at breakfast and 45 grams each at lunch and dinner. That has allowed me to maintain my weight at 120 pounds and my last A1c was 6.8 which is considered good for a person with diabetes. If you are on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections: usually a long-acting insulin to supply basal insulin and rapid acting insulin at every meal to cover the food you eat) or an insulin pump, you have great flexibility in the times that you eat since you dose for the food you eat at the time you eat. I found that I could even skip a meal without any problem. I've been pumping for a little over 2 years and was on MDI prior to that. I found either regimen liberating since I wasn't "tied to the clock" for my meals. Pumping has given me even greater control and flexibility. Hope this helps.

jayabee52 2014-05-21 17:45:14 -0500 Report

Howdy AANH

it is best to get your specific carb numbers from a discussion between you and your Endo, or Registered Dietician (RD) or Clinical Diabetes Educator. (CDE).

Those folks take your information and taylor it to your specific situation.

However the range you were given is a general guide (35 to 45 gms per meal)

It is incorrect to just count the "simple" carbs. They all add up, even those in non starchy veggies.

To eat the same time each day is beneficial, especially since as a T1D you have the action of your injected insulin to consider.

It is good that you're asking questions, especially since it seems so confusing.

God's best to you and yours

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