By MarthaB Latest Reply 2010-01-11 21:24:50 -0600
Started 2010-01-11 15:32:51 -0600

I've been reading lots of information, studying recipes, studying labels, reading blogs, etc. since my diagnosis…as have we all, I'm sure. I have a stupid (?) question about carbs. If I eat snacks that are carb free - is that a bad or good thing? Does my metabolism NEED carbs to get revved up????

11 replies

tholz 2010-01-11 21:10:25 -0600 Report

So why do the dr tell us to count are carbs

cc9 2010-01-11 21:19:58 -0600 Report

my doc doesnt tell me to count carbs. i did an experiment where i would have a veg meal and processed (white) carbs and my sugars would be high. but if i have protein and vegs my sugars would be really good. and the protein serve is no more than the size of a fist. of course it does depend on each individual.

cc9 2010-01-11 21:05:56 -0600 Report

you might be able to find a copy of the glycemic index chart of all foods online to help you with meal planning. basically any carbs i eat is as natural and unprocessed as i can get.

spiritwalker 2010-01-11 18:32:48 -0600 Report

The best thing if you are new to this is to attend a diabetes class. Other wise ask your Dr. for literature that might help.
There are web sites such as
This is sponsored by the ADA. Basic information, recipes,
ect go to
I hope these are of some help to you.

salmanda 2010-01-11 18:10:26 -0600 Report

Carbs are the most confusing thing to me about diabetes. It seems that there are so many different opinions. Have you gone to a class for diabetics? Most hospitals have one, and I found that very helpful when I was first diagnosed. They usually have a nutritionist there too who can answer the carbs question. Also, on top of all that, we are all different. What I can tolerate for carbs may not be what you can. Keeping a food diary that you can compare with your blood glucose levels might be helpful. That way you can stay away from the things that drive your numbers up and eat the things that help.
Good luck,
Sal :)

SkipT 2010-01-11 18:09:31 -0600 Report

I know that I always cause an argument with this statement:
You really don't need any carbs! The term is neoglucogenesis. You body will convert protein into the glucose it needs. I eat extremely low carb (6-12-12) and I have no issues. Over the last 3 and a half years I have gotten off all of my meds and maintain my BG through diet and exercise.

JulieC 2010-01-11 19:58:18 -0600 Report

What do you eat in a day? too much meat and cheese…you got too much fat…please tell us some sample sof your diet. I sure would like to know what to eat…everything seems to be wrong and bad…Im getting kinda sick of all this not knowing whats right and wrong.

mamaoak 2010-01-11 16:54:21 -0600 Report

i think you need a certin amount of carbs each day watch your protient as well to much protien is not good will affect your kidneys. i try to keep my snacks lower than 15 by haveing some carbs inbetween meals keeps you from going to low you have to find wich is best for you. i cant eat banna or apples they sen my numbers ti the ski also if your going to do a long walk you should have a few carbs i usually like to do that after i have a lunch or supper.i find some fruits are good strawberries i have three of them for snack or 6 blackberries 6 grapes cottage cheese or string cheese the low fat ones or 4 oz of milk we are allowed 15 carbs for a snack but i try to keep it to keep it to about 6 or seven. i eat six times a day that is including snacks

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