By jedabolin Latest Reply 2014-08-04 07:36:19 -0500
Started 2014-07-28 13:12:46 -0500

Does anyone know what the maximum amount of carbs in a twenty four hours day for a type two diabetic. I am trying to watch my carbs and I can't do that without knowing.

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Low Carb Liz
Low Carb Liz 2014-07-30 12:13:21 -0500 Report

try the Atkins diet it starts out a 20 carbs a day for 2 weeks then increases it as you reach your goals and see where you can stay and still live. Having a partner is good too. I'm not diabetic but my husband is after starting in April we are confirmed "low-carbers". We both have lost weight and he has been taken off two of his blood sugar medications, one BP. It isn't easy but it works.
Read labels as stated below the most unlikely things have carbs in them.
Good Luck!

Ninja1 2014-07-28 22:36:18 -0500 Report

15g = 1 carb; 4 carbs per meal; 3 meals a day; 2 snacks per day = 1 carb per snack; total = 14 carbs per day. Total grams = 210g per day.

haoleboy 2014-07-28 22:50:29 -0500 Report

Does that work for you?
I think many type 2's would find that a bit high.

Rose67 2014-08-04 01:03:05 -0500 Report

That is pretty high for me. I count total carbs in everything, including veggies and fruits. In fruits, berries are good, while watermelon and cantaloupe are very high in carbs. They are practically flavored sugar water in a fruit. I have to stay away from. Always drink plenty of water. Balance your carbs with protein and fiber.

Pegsy 2014-07-29 16:50:50 -0500 Report

That's high for me. I allow 1 carb per meal and snack and always include a protein. Counting whole grain breads, potatoes and some veggies such as carrots that are high in glucose. Most veggies, I eat all I want, without counting. I avoid pasta, rice, all white breads and sugar. Even in low amounts they wreak havoc with me.

Glucerna 2014-07-28 18:58:56 -0500 Report

It's good that you're thinking more about what you're eating jedabolin. Have you thought about keeping a food record of everything you eat to get a more clear idea about where you can make changes? There isn't a maximum number of carbohydrate recommended since the guidelines are for each person to individualize their meal plan based on their on needs and situation. Working with a registered dietitian and/or attending a diabetes education class will give you more information to help you get started. ~Lynn @Glucerna

robinsab 2014-07-28 14:59:19 -0500 Report

This is really something your doctor should review with you. Each person is different and has different variables contributing to their intake—age, weight, activity, metabolism, etc

haoleboy 2014-07-28 15:06:16 -0500 Report

if you are lucky enough to have a concerned health care "professional" … experience has proven to me that most "professionals" will simply pass on the current ADA / "diabetes industry" guidelines which do not work for all type 2's

Pegsy 2014-07-29 16:52:28 -0500 Report

I found this to be true. If I ate as they suggest I would gain weight and would be greatly increasing medication. The ADA is way off!

haoleboy 2014-07-28 14:18:37 -0500 Report

IMO the secret is to determine the amount (and type) of carbs that you can consume to achieve your blood glucose targets without going hypo … and that will be different for each person.
I have found that I do not go "hypo" and I have set my targeted BGL's and A1c low so in order to do that I stay between 50 and 100 carbs per day (closer to 50 more often than not)
you need to determine how aggressively you want to (safely) deal with diabetes and then plan your "diet" accordingly


Nick1962 2014-07-28 13:43:39 -0500 Report

That really depends on a lot of things and isn’t the same for everyone. Are you active? Need to lose weight? Where are you getting the carbs from? Age and sex matter too.

Recommendations for normal, healthy, active adults to MAINTAIN weight and strength is 225-325.
Most of us T2’s try to stick to 130-175 to maintain good BG’s. I’m a previously obese old man who still needs to drop a few, so I try to stick to under 100 (although 130 is recommended as minimum).

jedabolin 2014-07-28 14:39:51 -0500 Report

I need to lose about 70 lbs and I am having a problem sticking to a diet. Thought my bg would be a lot better if I started watching the carbs. Thanks for the advice.

Nick1962 2014-07-28 15:04:11 -0500 Report

It certainly helps a lot, both in your numbers and weight. Steve above has some good advice, I try to cut as much as possible but have learned there is a limit to how low you can go. I can't function below 60/day for any length of time. Be aware that there are carbs in just about everything you consume, even medications and supplements, that aren't always listed too. I lost over 100 lbs. stick at or below 100g/day, but as James suggests, you may need to get that OK from your doctor like I did.

jayabee52 2014-07-28 13:30:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Jedabolin
In all reality what you are asking is best answered by your Dr and Registered
Dietician in consultation with you.

It is generally considered a range of carbs (this is per meal times 3 meals) of 35 to 45 carbs per meal for the ladies and 50 to 60 for the gents. It also may be based upon one's body type with slight frames would be the lower number in the range while those with more substantial frames the upper number. So that is why it would be best to get an answer from your Dr or a RD attached to the Dr.

Pray this has been of help