Carb control is the key

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2017-01-13 08:14:25 -0600
Started 2017-01-09 14:51:41 -0600

Here is a great article touting carb control in a successful diabetes management program. I know that many here successfully control their BG by drastically reducing their carb intake, but we always have new people coming on board who can benefit from such information. Sadly, the mainstream medical community does not do a very good job of explaining the roles carbs play in good diabetes management.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-01-12 14:54:43 -0600 Report

Good article. My problem is I now have to start over after having pancreatitis for quite some time and having my gall bladder removed the first week of December. I have to keep my fat intake at 5 grams or below per meal and even that is upsetting my stomach. I am now at a loss as to what to do. I have no problems with counting the carbs.

Type1Lou 2017-01-12 16:20:45 -0600 Report

Sorry you've been dealing with these new problems Joyce. I would have a very hard time limiting my fats to 5 grams. Will you be able to eventually increase the fat or is that a permanent effect of the gall bladder removal?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-01-12 22:17:25 -0600 Report

The doctor told me to give my body time to adjust to not having a gall bladder. He said in about 6 months to a year I should be able to add more.

I tried a piece of baked sausage and thought I was going to explode. I have to cut my portions in half and eat small meals off and on all day which is tiring. If I eat my normal diabetic portions I get sick.

In the meantime, I have to take multi vitamins and B6. I also had pancreatitis for a long time before it flared up. Even taking my Metformin, my blood sugar rose to 7.2 so now I have to try to get that back down. This is worse than figuring out what I could eat when I was first diagnosed.

Type1Lou 2017-01-13 08:14:25 -0600 Report

What I've learned in my 40 years with diabetes is that it requires a constant adaptation to remain in balance. It would be so much easier if we found what worked and it stayed that way! Hoping every day gets better and better for you.

JSJB 2017-01-11 04:46:53 -0600 Report

I have been carb counting for at least 30+ years. I did it mostly for weight loss and it worked. I held my carbs to 60 a day. I stopped counting carbs about 10 years ago and 5 years ago I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Started watching my carbs but kept it to 50-110 a day. BS is up and down. After reading the onedrop article I will be back to 60 a day. Thanks for the info.

cmr55 2017-01-10 18:38:36 -0600 Report

Low carb is what I have to do to keep my bs in control. If I don't BS will be up. This is my life now. Hubby helps me a lot he finds low carb recipes. He will look at a recipe that he thinks I might be able to eat. He will look at carbs. He seen a recipe last week that had 129 carbs. First thing he said was no way could you eat that. It was one portion. This is why Americans are getting diabetes they have no clue how many carbs they are eating per meal. Restaurant portion are over the top. It is just so sad how many more people will become diabetic. I wish schools would teach portion control etc.

GabbyPA 2017-01-09 18:51:24 -0600 Report

I like this article a lot. It's so true and it does seem so simple. Carbs are my main concern that is very true. And understanding low carb and how that is different for every one. I have to be very strict, while others have more wiggle room. The A1c is a great guide to the success of anyone's diet.

haoleboy 2017-01-09 17:37:47 -0600 Report

excellent article. I've been low carbing for almost 10 years now, slowly people are starting to catch on … even a few doctors.
my whole family eats low carb now … even my 2 year old granddaughter. it is good for everyone (in my non-medical opinion)

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