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Old 01-13-2013, 23:22   #1
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I was wondering how many carbs per day y'all aim for? I am retrying a LC diet with more commitment and seriousness, but am a bit unsure where I should start. I am shooting for 100 g a day. However, I have had a few low BS episodes lately, which have messed me up.

What is the average carb count for a type 2 LC diet?

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Do you test regularly/frequently? The level of carbs in my own meals is determined by my meter. My doctor started me out at 100g or less, but that didn't get my blood sugar under 140 (7.7), so I started testing after meals and eliminating any foods which bounced me over 140, and eventually that got me down to about 40g per day. Since we're all very different in our makeup/metabolism, it's unlikely that someone else's target level is going to match yours. Better to establish your own list of safe foods and build your meals around those.

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Shanny is exactly right there is no one size fits all when it comes to your daily carb total. You have to test/eliminate your foods until you get where you want to be.

Personally I am staying ketogenic so that requires that I keep my carbs very low. On an average day I will have somewhere between 15 and 20 g of carbs. Somedays lower and occasionally a bit higher but never over 25. It is my preference to stay ketogenic as it really keeps my numbers down. My goal is to never be over 100 (5.4). This is what works for me, you may not need to go as low. Everyone's is different so you have to work out what works best for you.

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Thanks!

I was just curious as to how far off the mark 100 g goal was. The recommendation is 300, (which is crazy) so I wanted to see how low I should go to start with.

I do not test often, I am on an extremely tight budget with no insurance, and strips are expensive so I am stingy with them.

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Strips are extremely expensive, which is why many of us use the ReliOn Prime meter from Walmart - their strips are $9 for 50 strips. The meter itself is $16-something.




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I think a good rule of thumb would be: the less you test, the fewer carbs you should eat - you just don't have the wiggle room to stay on top of things w/out testing.

My diabetes was pretty advanced by the time I learned about it, so 100 carb grams would never work for me. Others with far less insulin resistance than I have could get away with it more easily. You don't say what your numbers run or what medication you're on. I assume you're taking meds (beyond metformin) since you mention going low. And, I'd be concerned about not keeping a handle on my bg with those sorts of swings.

The thriftiest diabetes management is eating very low carb, high healthy fat (oh my that's cheap because fat is so calorie dense and kills hunger), and so being able to reduce or even possibly eliminate meds at the same time.

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I was diagnosed as prediabetic with A1C of 6, and I can eat 100g carbs per day without going over 140. In fact, that's my target. But it will all depend on your meter. Different carbs spike people differently too.

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I try to stay under 75 grams a day, but sometimes (like yesterday - after baking the BEST bread) miss the mark. I've learned not to sweat that too much, and to just pick myself up, dust off, and get back to the sub-75 parade as soon as possible.

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It was easier for me to avoid obvious carbs altogether. Eat protein, fats, and lots of low carb veggies. I now test maybe twice a day because of my diet and past history with the food I'm eating.

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I did not set a number for myself. I just stopped eating all the foods that spiked me. An average day for me is 50 to 75 carbs. My bg is usually 90 to 115. Not very many highs or lows. I go in for my 3 month check up next week so will see if what I did worked or not.

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