How many carbs ?

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How many carbs ?
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Fri, 08-28-2009 - 12:04pm



If you are new to diabetes or new to counting carbs, your dr or nutrionist should tell you what is best for you.  But sometimes there is a lag between diagnosis and getting in for that 'education'.  In that case here is a general rule of thumb to help you. 


Women should eat, 30 grams of carbs for breakfast, 45 grams of carbs for lunch, and 45 grams of carbs for supper.


Men should eat, 60 grams of carbs for breakfast, 75 grams of carbs for lunch and 90 grams of carbs for supper. 


Unlike with calories you can't save up your carbs for a 'big' meal later.  And as in many things, this is just a general rule of thumb and what works for each of us may vary. 


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Sat, 08-29-2009 - 8:35pm
Hi Coldfingers,
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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 1:24am

Tommy,


Because of your height I am assuming that you are male. If I am correct, males are allowed more carbs than females. Besides that, we are only giving you general guidelines. We are not physicians and any advise we give is not a substitute for seeking medical advise from a health care practitioner of your choice.


The dietitian had you and your prescription from your doctor and your lab work in front of her. We don't have any of this. Care for each individual diabetic must be tailor made for that person. So please follow the directions that you have been given by the dietitian and your doctor.


We are here to support you in anyway that we can. We celebrate successes and lament failures. We give gentle shoves when necessary. We can only tell you what it is like to live and manage this chronic disease.



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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 1:47pm

As Mary Frances said, these are just general guidelines.


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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 5:28pm

I will say that the diabetic education unit gave the whole group the same rule, 60 grams each meal for all of us....so i am thinking that might be a generic one size fits all "rule"!!

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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 8:25pm
I think some have raised the 2 hours after eating to 180...

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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 11:36pm

I think ADA has said 180 all along but am pretty sure Joslin and other sources I consider reliable say 160.

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Mon, 09-07-2009 - 9:15pm

Nancy,


You are absolutely correct. AACE (American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists) is more strict than the ADA. The ADA's position is that less than half of the folks meet their guidelines so why make them stricter than that.


I try to make the 160 but often can't but then my diabetes isn't under as good of control as it used to be. Since I had to be taken off one med because of the liver complications I haven't been able to keep my blood sugar as low as I would like. If only I could lose some more weight!! But I do usually make the 180 goal.


You have learned a lot my dear over the years.



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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:54pm
Hard to believe I have had this now over 6 years!!
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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 8:07pm
I know how you feel. I have been diabetic almost 20 years and without complications. Time has really flown!! And you have been around here almost 6 six years also. Thanks for stopping in and staying on, my friend.


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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 8:18pm
Bumping this up to the top.

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