I would really like to hear from type 2 diabetics, not on insulin, who may or may not take oral medications. How often do you eat each day? My first dietitian told me to eat every 3 hours. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. This is just way too much food for me. She also had me consuming way too many carbs at meals. Then another dietitian reduced my carb intake by quite a bit and said that I should eat every 4 to 5 hours to prevent the liver from dumping glucose into my system. She even suggested waking up to eat in the middle of the night to take a small snack. I really didn't like doing that! I have been following a 4 hour schedule, eating around 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and a bedtime snack around 9 or 10pm. This also feels like too much food. Yet another dietitian has told me that eating 3 meals per day (more than 5 hours apart) with a bedtime snack is just fine. Every other dietitian has been adamant about that bedtime snack. Good grief!
My doctor has been of little help on this other than to refer me to yet another dietitian. All she cares about is my A1c and Metformin dosage. I am a small person so I don't have a huge appetite. But I need to eat enough food at breakfast and dinner to be able to handle the Metformin. If I take it with too little food I will have digestive issues. I would prefer to eat fewer times per day but not if it is going to cause my liver to dump glucose into my body and make it more difficult to have good control.
So I am asking, what works for you?
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