Just told I had type 1 diabetes last month

By catlover58 Latest Reply 2014-08-17 16:47:04 -0500
Started 2014-08-17 05:44:18 -0500

I ended up in the hospital July 15th and was told that my blood sugar was 1100. They said that I was lucky that I didn't die. The part that confuses me is the diet. I need to lose weight and wanted to know if the carb counting was the best way.

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GabbyPA 2014-08-17 10:36:13 -0500 Report

Carb counting helps, but if you make up the calories in other foods it might now help as much as you hope.

I lost 80 pounds after I was diagnosed by removing all the "sugar free" foods from my pantry. I also go rid of most processed foods like boxed meals and such. Then I started to purchase whole foods. Fresh meats, veggies and fruits. I cut out a lot of carbs (not just sugar) and that also helped me immensely. Once I got the diet thing down pretty well, I started exercising more. I never used to do much at all, now I walk every day and try to do more things to keep me moving.

So yes, carb counting helps with the diabetes, watching everything else will help with the weight loss and that in turn will also help with the diabetes.

Type1Lou 2014-08-17 09:31:26 -0500 Report

For me, reducing my carbohydrate intake was definitely the solution and provides for better blood glucose control as well as maintaining my weight at a reasonable level. I would advise you to determine how many carbs you are currently consuming per day and then reduce that number…take it a bit at a time until you reach your desired levels for BG and weight. Set a daily carb limit for yourself. Reducing your carbs will definitely cause the pounds to drop. Because we are all different, there is no one "right amount" of daily carbs that fits everyone. It depends upon gender, height, weight, metabolism, age and activity level. I am a 5'3" 65-year old moderately active female and I've been able to maintain my weight around 120 lbs by limiting my carbohydrates to 120 total grams per day. My last HbA1c was 6.6. Low carb works for me and many others.