Just starting

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-10-28 05:35:43 -0500
Started 2014-10-18 13:12:10 -0500

I just started monitoring my sugar twice daily, I am finding that 20 carbs a day keeps me in the range I should be. No one told me to do this, but years ago someone told me that and I lost all kinds of weight.
On my blood test sheet the new range (to me) is 65-99, so in order to stay within that range, there isn't much I can eat and drinks are 100% water. When I asked the Dr. she told that is the new range and that's where you should be.
A whole new way of life, very different for me, also very hard.
I have a book that lists carbs for just about everything, so this is what I go by.
Look forward to hearing from anyone.

6 replies

Chopstix 2014-10-27 16:01:23 -0500 Report

65?! Most people start showing signs of hypoglycemia. The summer of 2013 was the last time I had a reading that low and I was not comfortable with the way I felt. Shoot! I get below 80 I can feel it. I think I'll just keep going the way I have been. Where did this doctor get information on this 'new' range anyway? I want to read up on that. Next thing you know they'll be saying inject insulin the right knee…

Gulfwinds 2014-10-28 05:35:43 -0500 Report

The range is from the blood tests paper, other diabetics I know also have the same lab papers stating the same numbers, 66-99. Although I know 66 is the very low, I am never that low. I stay in the high 90's and low 100's, I am avoiding "whites" as they say bread, pasta, etc. My A1C was 7.0, so I am working to get it back to, at least 6.0. Thanks for replying.

jayabee52 2014-10-18 16:55:49 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon
I agree wirh steve. 20 gm of carbs per day is mighty few. Since you are Anon I cannot tell if you are M or F so what is generally considered carb levels for M is 50 to 65 gm per meal (x 3 meals) and for F it is 35 to 45 gm per meal. I can imagine that on your meal plan of 20 gm per day you are losing a lot of weight since you have put yourself in a state of Ketosis (which is the byproduct of burning fat for needed energy requirements for your body)

Eventually when you run out of fat to burn, your body will scavenge itself and start burning muscle.

I am not sure this Dr is the best for your continued health. What she said about your range is quite low. 65 mg/dl is in hypoglycemia range. The general BG (blood glucose) levels are somewhere over 70 to 120 mg/dl for those of us who have diabetes. You need to discuss your BG ranges with your Dr..

You say you got the blood test sheet (report?) and the range given is for gluco-normal persons, not for those of us who have diabetes.

On the basis of what your Dr told you regarding your daily carb intake, I would think of asking you to get a 2nd opinion on that. Perhaps you could ask her to refer you to an Endochrinologist who specializes in diabetes. I would expect an Endo would have a different suggested daily carb allowance for you

Praying improving health for you


haoleboy 2014-10-18 13:55:55 -0500 Report

20 carbs a day is tough, but not impossible. Make sure you are getting plenty of healthy fats and moderate amounts of protein as your body needs something to run on or you may stat to lose muscle (been there, done that).
Also make sure you are getting enough sodium as not only are low carb diets generally low sodium, "low-carbing" causes the body to shed sodium (and water) … a double whammy.


haoleboy 2014-10-18 17:38:28 -0500 Report

… I keep my daily carb total to no more than 50 a day … some days are as low as 20, so I know it is possible. As James mentioned this does put you in ketosis. There are quite a few Type 2 diabetics that have had impressive results on a keto diet … but I would recommend doing some research on it as it is not with out dangers.