By Meganshene Latest Reply 2011-02-18 21:04:30 -0600
Started 2011-02-18 11:21:55 -0600

How many carbs should I be looking for in an item?

7 replies

jayabee52 2011-02-18 21:04:30 -0600 Report

Really, Megan, you need to let your meter tell you. Because Diabetes ("DM") is an individual disease, I can tell you what works for me, but may or may not work for you.

You need to choose a item (food or drink) you want to test, determine the serving size, and before you eat, test to get a baseline Blood Glucose ("BG") reading. consume the food or drink and then 2 hours after eating it, retest. Whatever your BG raises, then that will indicate how much that item raises your BG#s. If it raises it more than 50 pts (some say 40) above your baseline, it should be avoided, or perhaps the portion size reduced (retest the lower portion size.). Write the numbers in a notebook so you have a ready reference (because we can forget). It would be good to test only one menu item at a time at first so you know what may be raising your BG#s, and what doesn't.

Blessings to you nd yours


alanbossman 2011-02-18 20:11:50 -0600 Report

besides watching your carb level watch your potion size meals also. More vegs. and read all labels on your food buys .

gorrilla 2011-02-18 19:34:06 -0600 Report

I feel like we're in similar situations. I recently changed MDs and figured out that my previous doc was not doing all that we could have been doing. Nor was my nutritionist. One visit with the nutritionist was all I got. Admittedly, the info is out there , if you dig hard enough. But much of the real story is very subjective, varying from one patient to another. Some info carries over, and one thing seems to be the amount of carbs you can safely consume. 30 per meal is a fairly safe and close guess, but lot's of the actual number depends on your weight and exercise habits. some can have slightly more, but I haven't seen much people being reccomended less.
My lone nutritionist visit did yield one humorous item. She was describing how much food should be involved in each serving, and she said "it should be able to fit in your palm", I'm sure thinking of her own palm. She was a small woman with proportionately sized hands. I'm 6'5", with proportionately sized hands, thus my palms are a bit larger than she was thinking. She noticed me looking at her hands, and then mine, and quickly realized that clarification was called for. Her palm size would yield a much faster weight loss than mine. And that seems to be a constant for type two diabetics trying to get control of the disease in their life, reduce your body mass, and you reduce you diabetis symptoms. Not a hard and fast rule, but a very strong commonallity. I'm my case, I need to loose about 50 to 75 lbs off my 300. If I can accomplish that, I can probably moderate the carb restrictions somewhat, as well as the meds.
I amuses me now when I remember all the times when I was a kid in school, and all the other gurys were commenting "Man, I wish I had your size". If they only knew.

Kirla 2011-02-18 17:55:12 -0600 Report

I check labels and found that any food with more than 5-6 net carbs per serving will spike my blood sugar. I don’t eat much with more carbs than that.

Meganshene 2011-02-18 14:38:47 -0600 Report

Well I did not have a good DR to help me. I am in search of a new one. I was just told by a nurse that I should be watching my carbs and I have not done that.

re1ndeer 2011-02-18 14:09:29 -0600 Report

The carbs in an item should of been discussed with either your physcian or a CDE. Normally they will say you can have , example : 35 carbs for a meal. Then you would of gotten a sheet or booklet explain what Items fall into how much you can have.
If you never received a sheet or booklet, I would then contact your physcian for the information you need.

No one here can really give you that information.
I wish you luck.

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