my first time here

By pkt Latest Reply 2010-01-19 06:30:55 -0600
Started 2010-01-15 17:46:36 -0600

I am a first timer to this site, can I find information on how may calories and carbs I should have in a day to control my sugar, I just started insulin this week.

13 replies

alanbossman 2010-01-16 08:30:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site.Sal and Elrond are right everyones body is different. testing and retesting with different carb levels will give you a idea which ones work for you. Some people need more carbs while others need less carbs.
Hope this helps

Hinboyz3 2010-01-16 07:04:30 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome to the site, you will find a whole lot of things and resources to help you and very nice people too.

2sweet2eat 2010-01-17 20:20:03 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome,we are in this fight together.You will find a discussion on everything.There are alot of good people with safe advice here.Enjoy the site and don't be afraid of being judged,we are one in the same,we are diabetics trying to stay alive.

Elrond 2010-01-15 19:05:48 -0600 Report

Welcome, pkt,
You'll find lots of friendly people and good advice here. As far as specific information as to what to eat, there are many delicious recipes here and oodles of diet tips and advice but everybody's specific needs are different. I'm a type 1 myself but what works for me won't necessarily work for you. I'm afraid it's mostly 'trial and error' along with a lot of blood testing at least until you establish how your body responds to various foods and exercises. I don't think any of us likes all the testing but it's a necessary part of our lives. I'm a professional novelist and the sore fingers are a serious drawback to my work with all the typing I must do. But in order to keep my sugar under control, I need to test 8 times a day. My advice is to hang out, read the posts, and ask questions if there's anything you don't understand. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. Again, welcome home. :)

salmanda 2010-01-15 21:15:07 -0600 Report

Hi Elrond,
Interesting…have you had any novels published? I love to read.
Sal :)

Elrond 2010-01-15 21:56:28 -0600 Report

I currently have 3 novels for sale on It's a science fiction series: Star Tricks, More Star Tricks, and Star Tricks Three. The fourth book in the series is complete but I'm having trouble locating an artist to do the cover; my regular artist is too ill to work :(.

salmanda 2010-01-16 07:23:23 -0600 Report

Thanks Elrond. I'll look them up. I don't normally read science fiction, but there is always a first time. :)

cc9 2010-01-16 06:08:48 -0600 Report

you test 8 times a day? i hate testing myself and only do the barest minimum uinless i am sick.

Elrond 2010-01-18 20:14:10 -0600 Report

cc9, My diabetes specialist nurse practitioner is preparing me for an insulin pump. She wants me to count every carb I eat and keep a careful record of my BG and how those carbs affect it. I even need to set an alarm to get up in the middle of the night to test.

cc9 2010-01-19 06:30:55 -0600 Report

i am glad you are doing what your doc tells you to do. you are an important part of this DC community.

salmanda 2010-01-15 18:57:42 -0600 Report

Welcome pkt!
There are many great folks here who can help. There are many different answers to that question because we are all different even though we share the same disease. The best thing to do is keep track of what you eat and compare it with your blood sugar levels. That will help you know what to eat and what not to eat.
My nutritionist told me yesterday that I should be eating 30-45g of carbs per meal, and 15g for snacks. I am going to go with that and see what happens with my blood sugar levels.
Good luck,
Sal :)

Harlen 2010-01-15 18:29:27 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
this is a gteat site with lots of good frends
If you need any thing let us know.
Best wishes

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