New to type 2 diabetic

By shortythe2nd Latest Reply 2014-09-22 11:36:59 -0500
Started 2014-09-17 08:25:10 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago. I cut down a lot on carbs. When I prick my finger twice a day my sugar doesn't go past 105 which I thought I was doing good. Until I got sick with an pneumonia so I was hospitalized for almost two weeks while I was in the hospital 2/3 of my kidney was failing. I really don't understand what happen…I am still confused. I am still recovering at home. I want to do this right what is the correct carb am I suppose to eat daily? Is their an iphone app that I can use to scan my barcode of the food I consume?

9 replies

jNaZr 2014-09-22 11:36:59 -0500 Report

My fitness pal has the best food database I have used yet. Make sure you key in your honest portions and it will help.

Glucerna 2014-09-18 17:44:19 -0500 Report

I hope you're feeling better. This is a really good time to ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who can help you learn more about meal planning and managing your blood sugar levels.Your idea of using an app to keep track of your food intake is excellent! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-18 15:09:42 -0500 Report

It's the amount that keeps your blood sugar no higher than 95 after a meal. For me it is 6 grams of carbs for breakfast, 15 lunch and 15 dinner. If you take medication you may not be able to go that low.

shortythe2nd 2014-09-17 14:57:50 -0500 Report

Thank you Jayabee52 for the information. Also thanks H8havingdiabetes I will check that lose it app. Gabby I will also check calorie king.

H8havingDiabetes 2014-09-17 11:40:25 -0500 Report

As far as apps go Lose it! allows you scan bar codes. The also have foods listed by grocery store brands and by restaurants. If you have info on a food that isn't listed, you can create a new entry and it will be stored to "my foods". There is also a search feature that allows you to enter a food and it will bring up a ton of options for you to pick exactly what you are looking for. I use this all the time to determine what to eat based on carbs, calories and sodium.

GabbyPA 2014-09-17 10:44:31 -0500 Report

I don't know about apps, but I bet there is. Check out calorie king to see if they have one that does what you want.

Illness can wreak havoc on our numbers. That kidney issue sounds harsh, but perhaps it was something else and it could just be temporary. I hope that's the case.

There is not a magic number of carbs to consume. It really does depend on your body. The outline that Jayabee laid out is a good starting point. I personally have to consume far less. Your meter will help you be able to work some of that out.

jayabee52 2014-09-17 09:31:59 -0500 Report

Howdy Shorty
Glad you are out of the hospital and that you still have some Kidney function left. (my kidneys have failed am now on dialysis)

As far as how many carbs you are to eat daily that should ideally be agreed upon between you and your Dr or you and your RD (registered dietician). How many carbs were you eating when you had the 105 mg/dl regularly?

As a rule of thumb a male should consume NO MORE than 60 carbs per meal (x 3 meals = 180). Of course that is for an active man and deductions from that may need to be made if one is not all that active or are really heavy. There are other factors which apply as well, that is why you would do well to consult with a Dr or a RD to whom Dr refers you.

As far as smartphone apps, someone else will have to suggest those.

However the foods you eat would best be not foods which have barcodes attached to them. You could check with websites which give nutritional information like Calorie King ~ or self nutrition data ~

Another thing you may consider is since your kidneys are weakened you also may want to go to a Kidney saving meal plan also. You can find basics of such a meal plan here ~

God's best to you and yours


shortythe2nd 2014-09-19 09:06:16 -0500 Report

Jayabee52 thank you so much with all the information you supplied. I been out of work for three weeks recovering from the pneumonia and partial kidney failing. I will see a kidney specialist this week. I hope i turns out ok. I been treated with a pulmonary specialist for the pneumonia which is gotten better. I really hope I don't have to go through Dialysis like you are doing now. I know how it is because my brother and mother went through dialysis and I seen it all. I really don't want to go through that. God bless you James.