Amount of carbs each day

By bieberfever21 Latest Reply 2010-08-01 01:59:20 -0500
Started 2010-07-21 14:42:56 -0500

How many carbs is a person suppose to eat if they have type 2 cause i do and when i went to the doctor they never told me

12 replies

Lakeland 2010-07-27 20:13:15 -0500 Report

I was told 3 carb servings each meal, 1 carb serving is 15 grams. so 45 grams a meal. There are better carbs. Whole grain vs whole wheat. if the carb has 4 or higher in fiber you can deduct that number from the amount of carbs

GabbyPA 2010-07-28 18:53:25 -0500 Report

Actually the fiber is that you can subtract half of it from the carb. So an example would be if you eat a low carb tortilla (one of my favorites) It has 13 g of carb and 6g of fiber. I take 3g out of the 13g of carb and get a NET carb of 10. It is a little confusing and I try not to rely on it too much. I figure if I am eating a carb it is a carb and I count them as such. If you look at Dreamfields pasta, it has how it comes up with it's carbs because of the fiber it adds to the pasta. It does work. Dreamfields pasta doesn't spike me nearly as much as regular or whole wheat pasta, so it's a winner for me.

healthygir1 2010-07-23 19:09:27 -0500 Report

i would also focus on the TYPE of carbs

simples sugars — like high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, white bread, etc, —will cause a very quick spike in blood sugar since they are quickly and easily processed by the body

complex carbohydrates, along the lines of wheat products, take longer to break down, causing a more controlled released of sugar into the blood stream, as opposed to a big spike

Kirla 2010-07-23 16:48:00 -0500 Report

I don’t think it really matters unless your taking insulin and then you need to figure it all out.

I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. I started to drink lots of water and to eat lots of low carb vegetables. I stated testing my blood sugar before and 2 hours after each meal and stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points. After my blood sugar dropped a lot, I started to test 1 hour after eating and was able to fine-tune my diet and blood sugar readings even more.

By testing I found that I had to stop eating all kinds of breads, pasta, potatoes and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving according to the label on the package.

Good luck

SkipT 2010-07-21 22:00:09 -0500 Report

I am the extremist in the group. I follow the Dr. Bernstein program and eat a 6-12-12 system. Six for breakfast and 12 for lunch and dinner. It may seem extreme, but it has allowed me to be med free for over two years now and kept my weigh down. And if you think I starve, well here is one of my typical days:
Breakfast: Two eggs fried in coconut oil. A 1/4 cup of green peppers sauted in olive oil and two slices of SPAM ( I LOVE it).

Lunch: A large green salad with two tablespoons of full fat dressing(none of that no fat stuff). Two hamburger patties with 2 slices of swiss cheese.

Dinner: A large salad with more of that full fat dressing! Pulled pork with my own homemade no carb bar-b-que sauce, and 1/c cup of cauliflower steamed with garlic. And a square of Lindt dark chocolate for dessert with a cup of decaf coffee, heavy cream, and stevia.

GabbyPA 2010-07-22 09:58:37 -0500 Report

MMMM, that sounds so good. I really do need to investigate his book. I have been a little afraid of it, but I really do need a jump start.

Anonymous 2010-08-01 01:59:20 -0500 Report

Please share you recipe for no carb bar-b-que sauce. I'd love to try it. The blog mentioned the need to be tested for vitamin deficiencies caused by diabetes medications. Is vitamin D a concern? How many deficiencies are there to be tested for. My doctor seems to be ignorant on the subject. I am on metformin and tired a lot. I have had some trouble with my peripheral vision as well. Do you have any advice on the subject?

GabbyPA 2010-07-21 19:34:01 -0500 Report

Visit (American Diabetes Association) and they have some great guidelines. That is just a starting point, then as you work your way into the carbs that work to keep your levels where you want them, you can adjust your needs that way. Everyone is different, but these basic guides are a good place to start.

monkeymama 2010-07-21 19:27:59 -0500 Report

Each individual is going to have a different amount of carbs they are allowed to have each day. The next time you see your doctor or you could call them and ask them how many they would like you to have each day. Never be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question. In fact, doctors like it when you do ask questions.

Auntie D
Auntie D 2010-07-21 14:55:48 -0500 Report

I've been told no more than 50 per meal or 150 in a day. In otherwords, if you have only 20 at breakfast and 40 at lunch, you can have up to 90 at other times in the day. Just be sure if you spend some on snacks, that you leave at least your 50 for dinner. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, PLEASE! TTY soon.
Auntie D

kdroberts 2010-07-21 15:08:01 -0500 Report

You can't save up carbs like calories because the more carb you eat in one go the higher your blood sugar will go. The best way to figure out how many carbs you can have is by testing your blood sugar. If after eating your blood sugar goes up too much then you have too many carbs. A standard starting point is often 45g at breakfast, lunch and dinner and a 15g snack. Most people find they can eat more carb in the evening than that can in the morning, some find they can only eat 5-10g at breakfast. Everyone is different, it's a case of finding out what works for you.

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