By pennybell Latest Reply 2010-08-25 13:19:18 -0500
Started 2010-08-25 08:26:25 -0500

I am little confused, if a person is on a 1,800 calorie diet—how many carbs should you have each day?

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GabbyPA 2010-08-25 13:19:18 -0500 Report

It all depends on your glucose levels at a meal. Like KD said, you can't load up for one meal and skip carbs in others, you need to spread them out. When I was first diagnosed, I dropped almost all carbs out. Then people kept telling me I needed to add more of them to my diet. I did, but I really think I have to go back to a lot fewer carbs. Usually 30-45 for a meal, 15-30 for a snack. But that is too much for me. You will have to work it out with how your levels react and find carb options that work better for you.
For instance, some diabetics can eat corn. It is a high carb veggie. I cannot touch it in any form, any portion. It sends me though the roof.
I can eat a proper portion of vanilla ice cream and do very well, others cannot.

So start with the 30-45 for a meal and 15-30 for a snack and see what happens. Test 2 hours after you start eating to see what goes on. Then you can adjust accordingly.

Harlen 2010-08-25 10:31:51 -0500 Report

What kdroberts sed is right on
But life will throw you a curve
I can only have so menny carbs a day and unless I wish to starve I need to eat much more foods that are very low in carbs so as you can see we are each difrent and each of us has difrent needs.I can only have 65 carbs a day unless I wish to use a LOT of insulin.but thats just me.
So you need to know what your needs are ???
What you can and can not have as well as how much
Best wishes

I wish diabetis did come with some ez anssers

kdroberts 2010-08-25 09:29:28 -0500 Report

Typical wisdom is half your calories come from carbs so in your example 1800/2/4, so 225. However, typical wisdom generally doesn't work too well with diabetics. It's something you will have to figure out. Make a meal, test your blood sugar before and a couple of hours after and see what happens. If your blood sugar is high, then you need to scale back the carbs. If it's good then you might be OK, test a couple more times for the same food at 1 and 3 hours to make sure you are not getting any earlier or later spikes.

Try to think carbs per sitting rather than carbs per day. They are not like calories where you can technically eat less at breakfast and lunch but then eat a lot more at dinner. Whatever you eat will immediately affect your blood sugar so should be looked at on it's own. Some people successfully do 1600, 1800, 2000, 2200, etc diets with less than 40g of carb per day and some meals having no carb at all, some less than 30g. It really depends on what you want to achieve, what your current treatment is and what you are able to do.

Mair 2010-08-25 09:07:02 -0500 Report

I can only give you a generalization. Your dietician can advise you better. Here is an example: I was told to limit my carbs to 40 to 45 per meal max. It is advisable to keep them under that if you can. The dietician also told me to just count carbs for better gloucose control. If you read the labels for the amount of fiber in a serving subtract that # from the amount of carbs in the serving.

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