I need to gain weight. How many carbs, etc, can I eat to gain weight & still keep my BG under control?I am a T2, 5'8" tall, weight 123 lbs. I just recovered from W. Nile virus & discovered I had gone from 130 lbs to 123. I am thin by nature & cannot afford that kind of weight loss.

Amy Campbell


Yours is a question that is best answered by meeting with a dietitian. There are many factors to consider when trying to determine a person’s daily carbohydrate and calorie needs, including age, gender, level of physical activity, type of diabetes medication (if any) and degree of diabetes control. A dietitian will conduct a thorough nutrition assessment, taking into account these factors as well as considering your daily schedule, foods and dislikes, and general eating pattern. Ask your physician to give you a referral to a dietitian in your community. Gaining weight can be challenging, but it’s certainly possibly. Until you see a dietitian, focus on increasing your calories by adding more fat and protein to your daily food intake. These two nutrients will add calories without leading to much of an increase in your blood glucose. Choose healthy fats, like vegetable oils, trans fat-free tub margarine, salad dressings, avocadoes, nuts and seeds. You might also try increasing your portions of protein foods, like lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and peanut butter.

September 23, 2012 at 11:05 am