average amount per day needed

By suzgray Latest Reply 2014-07-10 14:13:58 -0500
Started 2014-07-10 10:09:54 -0500

Can anyone tell me what is the average amount of sugar, carbs, fiber, protiens and any other items needed per day for type2 diabetes? Thanks in advance

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haoleboy 2014-07-10 14:13:58 -0500 Report

I can't tell what the average amount would be …
but I shoot for:
no added sugars and as little naturally occurring sugar as possible
between 50 - 100 carbs per day (preferably closer to 50)
30 grams of fiber (a woman's requirements are around 25)
60 grams or more of protein daily
I avoid trans fats like the plague but consume large amounts (with in my other dietary guidelines) of healthy fats coming from such items as avocados, nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, whole milk and cheeses. I avoid processed oils (corn, canola, vegetable, margarine, etc.)
Basically a healthy diet of single ingredient, raw (for the most part) non-processed foods.

Note that I am not trying to lose weight … reducing the amount of fat in your diet will help with weight loss if that is a concern. Fats are higher in calories than proteins or carbs.
Diabetes is my secondary concern; as a stroke survivor heart health (blood pressure and cholesterol control) is primary.
This is what I have found works for me based on several years of trial and error and a whole lot of research … YMMV


Type1Lou 2014-07-10 13:46:41 -0500 Report

Suz, there is no one right answer for everyone. The right answer for YOU is what will work for YOU to achieve good blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy weight and body. For me, that has meant limiting my carbs to no more than 120 grams of total carbohydrate per day. (You will find "experts" claiming either that 120 grams per day is not enough or that is too much. I find that many of the ADA recommendations are too high carb for me.) I have been able to maintain my weight at 120 lbs and my last A1c was 6.8. My lipids are in normal ranges. I do not pay attention to the fats I eat nor to the calories I consume; counting carbs is what works for me. A good place to start is to determine how many carbohydrates per day you currently consume. If you need to lose weight or improve your BG levels, cut back on your daily carbs. I eat a lot of salads and protein in the form of lean meats and all natural peanut butter. My lunch most days is an apple sliced and spread with PB…high fiber and good fats. Breakfast is usually 2 slices of Wasa Light Rye Crisp bread with 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt covered with fresh fruit, usually blueberries or strawberries. Get yourself a good guide to check the carb content of what you eat…it will also give you the other values like fats and protein. "Calorie King" is often recommended. Hope this helps!

DrJohn 2014-07-10 10:40:20 -0500 Report

A meal should have more carbohydrate than fat. If daily meals consists of more fat than carbohydrate, the brain will not have a sufficient amount of glucose, resulting in the production of ketones from fat for the brain to survive. This is a process called “ketosis,” which can lead to other problems. A high fat diet will require a high amount of carbohydrates. Therefore, a diabetic should seek a low fat, low carbohydrate diet. A carbohydrate content of 45%-60% is recommended.

The American Diabetes Foundation recommends 45-60 g carbohydrates per meal for adults.

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