Steve Deneen
By Steve Deneen Latest Reply 2018-03-03 18:06:18 -0600
Started 2018-02-28 18:58:23 -0600

Trying to figure out this carb thing, need help understanding thid

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Type1Lou 2018-03-03 18:06:18 -0600 Report

A great book that opened my eyes to the role played by carbohydrates in diabetic BG control was Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". After reading it, I immediately reduced my daily carb intake and achieved better diabetes control. There is no one right amount of carbs that works for everyone and it has been my experience that many dieticians recommend more carbs than what gives me good control. I use the total carb grams approach and allow myself 110 to 115 total carb grams per day. Some people can eat more and others may need less to achieve good BG results. Your BG meter and A1c will tell you whether you are allowing too many carb grams in your diet.

Pitapan 2018-03-02 07:02:07 -0600 Report

Hi there Steve, i too had a hard time understanding the carbs thing. I recently went to a diabetic class and the way they explained on how you can manage to syill eat some type of carbs and still be able to manage your diabetes, helped me a lot. The dietician there, gave us all a "meal plan" we dont have to follow what she gave us but its just an idea. So lets say for breakfast and dinner i get 4 "carb credits" and for lunch i get 3. For snacks i get 2. Lets say for breakfast i want eggs, bacon, a toast. Eggs do not count because they are protein. 2-3 strips of bacon (which its the serving amount) may contain 34 grams of carbs (depending on what kind of bacon you're getting) and toast 1 slice of bread may contain 35 grams of carbs. 15 grams of carbs = 1 point. So in this case, you would divide 69 (34 from bacon, 35 from toast) divided by 15 would equal to 4.6
You can also check online how many carbs per serving on whatever you're eating. Even fast food chain restaurants have their nutrition facts. I hope this helped a little bit. I do have cheat sheets i can share if youre interested.

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