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Old 02-04-2009, 19:28   #11
 
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Don't forget that things like eggs and cheese have very LOW carbs. Most meats have zero, many vegetables have extremely few, same as nuts and seeds - therefore, if you plan well, low carb should in NO WAY = starving. You still get a lot of food.

If I decide to add in low-carb bread or NSA/Low CARB ice cream (yes, it exists and it's yummy!) then of course, I have to be careful with the rest of my day. But I am always full.

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I have recently tried the Dr. Berstein thing. (Type 2 recently rediagnosed). It seemed to bring my blood sugars down immediately. As soon as I eat a questionable carb (one that the low glycemic index would say is o.k.) my sugars go way up. (oatmeal, ezekiel bread,milk etc.) So I think it really depends on how your body processes carbs. When I got off all my meds back when, that was the way I was eating, and it worked. It is boring though. I love my carbs!

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I have recently tried the Dr. Berstein thing. (Type 2 recently rediagnosed). It seemed to bring my blood sugars down immediately. As soon as I eat a questionable carb (one that the low glycemic index would say is o.k.) my sugars go way up. (oatmeal, ezekiel bread,milk etc.) So I think it really depends on how your body processes carbs. When I got off all my meds back when, that was the way I was eating, and it worked. It is boring though. I love my carbs!
A newly diagnosed T2 who is on oral medications only, can likely handle many more carbs than someone like me who has been T2 for 15 years, because their pancreas may well be producing quite a bit of insulin. As time goes on, and your pancreas produces less, you need more medications, and often insulin added. By then, eating fewer carbs is a great idea for better control, and so that you need to inject/infuse less insulin.

Counting carbs should be done from day 1. Limiting your carbs should also be done, but what the limit should be, depends on your situation.

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As I said, I actually can't handle carbs well. This morning my fasting was 136, I ate oatmeal to see what it would do and it raised my B.S. to 186 after 2 hours. I don't know if that's a rise I should be concerned about or if it's a normal rise. 2 hours later before lunch my B.S. was back to 111. If it comes back down in the next 2 hours is that o.k.

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I find I can absolutely not handle oatmeal Used to be my primary breakfast! I agree, eggs for breakfast does get boring. And boy, have I resorted to every kind of creativity to jazz them up!

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Hi Cara-Joy.

I wish I had your dietician. It is not the least bit unrealistic, and I hope you will come to see that she is right.

Is 50 grams of carbs a day all that low? 15+ grams per meal? I think it is eminently reasonable. It is certainly more reasonable for diabetics than the 45-60 grams per meal your other dietician recommends!

It is imperative for diabetics to control their blood sugars, and doing it primarily with insulin to cover high carb intake is the wrong way to go. Low carb intake means lower insulin needs. High insulin = high body fat = resistance and the need for more insulin, etc. in a deadly circle that only gets worse as you feed it.

You may like to eat lots of carbs. I'd love to eat pasta, potatoes, bread, and all sorts of yummy carbs, but they are poison to me. And evidently your dietician believes they are poison to you. You should probably listen more to your dietician than to your stomach and taste buds.

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Hi there,

I've recently been to visit a dietician. She recommended that my entire daily intake of carbs should be no more than 50g... this seems a little bit ludicrous and unrealistic to me. I am not obese, and my readings are now quite good.

I'm wondering if this is actually valid? I'd been to see a dietitian over a year ago and she recommended 3-4 servings of carbohydrates per meal... which seems much more realistic to me.

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I believe it to be real strange that doctors and dietitians in Belgium are not convinced that low carb is better for diabetics. One dietitian wanted me to have 220 gr carbs a day. I knew better from your stories and especially Richard's. Nowadays I eat about 100 gr a day, snacks included. I feel much better.

Our doctors say we need those carbs to have energy and we shouldn't have low carb diets.

I know my body feels better and I feel better on low carb food, although I miss the bread and the potatoes, rice and pasta quite a bit. But they spike my BG and I have needed 85 units of insulin a day since diagnosis and that has not lowered. If I would eat 220 gr carbs a day, I don't even want to count the amount of insulin that would be..

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