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Old 11-10-2012, 23:10   #1
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Hello there

My hubby is type 1 diabetic and well, he hasn,t take care of himself in a few years so he already has some complications related to the disease. Recently since I am the one who cooks meals for him, I am cooking low-carb food for him, and I,m also searching online for some low-carb recipes. Now, I have a doubt about low glycemic foods since most of these foods are high in carbs or sugar. Do any of you eat food following the glycemic index or the amount of carb a food has???

I,m asking because, I eat plenty of fruit (I am not diabetic) but sometimes my hubby also wants to eat some of my fruits, and I don,t know if I should allowed it or not (I like to eat banana, apple and pear) he likes to eat pear and strawberries, is this ok?? I mean I know strawberries have low glycemic and low carb but in the case of pear is low glycemic but not low carb, so someone who is diabetic should avoid a pear or not ??

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Personally I just count the carbs. I do net carbs meaning I minus the fiber from the carb total. I have never done the glycemic index so I can't compare really. I feel counting the carbs is more accurate.

The strawberries should be fine in small servings emphasis on small. Like 1 or 2 berries. Test to be sure. Pears are probably going to be a no-no. 1 cup of slices has 25.51 gr of carbs/5.1 gr fiber making net carbs 20.42 grams. That is a lot either way you calculate it. If he has to have them test and see how much he can tolerate. My guess will be not much.


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I personally dont eat fruit. I do eat a few berries here and there. I eat about 60-80g a day of carbs. Around these parts that is known as "High carb". LOL. As far as fruit goes pears, apples and bananas all have 15-20g plus of carbs. Too many for me in one sitting. My breakfast lunch and dinner usually consist of 15-20 for whole meal , if that. A pear would match my meal time carbs. And snack I usually eat cheese or nuts. Ive recently discovered goat cheese, wow its heavenly, my new vice.

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Oh and I have nevered used the glycemic index, I just look at the packaging to see if I can or cant eat it. Itll tell you that.

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I test myself often to see if I can eat something, and in wich amount I can have it.
I think thats the way to do it, because even if we all have to share our lives with diabetes, we are different.

I eat fruit and berry but I have tested and know what my body can manage. What is right for my body, may not be right for others.
Pear is not so bad for my BG, I can have 1/2 pear right after dinner.
A kiwi together witn brazil nuts works fine for me, but if I skip the nuts my BG climbs immediately.

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Testing is the best way to know if any given food affects him negatively. The glycemic index is useless for diabetics - it was compiled for non-diabetics, and even low-glycemic foods can be dangerous for diabetics.

All I can say is for him to eat to his meter. If any food raises him too high an hour after he eats it, then stop eating it. I know he's type 1 and needs insulin anyhow, but the fewer carbs he eats, the less insulin he will need, and needing less insulin is a good thing. Forget the glycemic index.




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A kiwi together witn brazil nuts works fine for me, but if I skip the nuts my BG climbs immediately.
I read somewhere else that mixing sugar with fat (like fructose with oil for example) delay how sugar reach your blood, so this way BG doesn,t spike up to heaven.

My misunderstanding here comes with, I know low glycemic food takes more time to reach blood or sugar goes slowly into blood so this way it doesn,t spike up fast, but...this doesn,t explain anywhere the amount of insulin needed to burn all that slowly sugar entering into blood. So, if someone is type 1 and only has injected X amount of insulin, and this same person eats a pear maybe at start his BG won,t spike up to heaven because sugar is entering slowly to blood, so maybe on hour 1 or 2 his BG can be not so high, but when his insulin decrease and the sugar from the fruit continues to reach the blood slowly maybe this person BG will start to go up to the skies, this is what worries me, not knowing if the reason of going slowly into blood doesn,t mean what,s going to happens when the insulin is over or the amount of insulin that food is going to need to be burned.

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One of the problems with the glycemic index is that some foods metabolize a lot more slowly when eaten with other foods. Or in their raw state will have less of an effect on blood sugar than when eaten cooked.

The foods that are very high on the glycemic index are the ones to be avoided, like potatoes, rice, pasta, and breads. And fruits like bananas.

If you enroll on Atkins website they will send you a free starter kit which includes 3 of their bars, and a carb counter book that is pretty handy to have.

And while on the Atkins diet they count "net carbs" -- from subtracting the fiber grams from the total carbohydrate grams, some of our members on here have found that doesn't work for them. One food will work fine for one person but cause another's blood sugar to rise. That is why we stress testing. And YMMV, your mileage may vary.

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I guess I must be a 'purist' in this regard, because it doesn't make sense to me that we would want to slow down or spread out the spike, if we have it within our power to avoid it altogether. This may be a major difference in being type 1 and being type 2, but if I ever go on insulin, I will not be using it to eat more carbs and then look for ways to ameliorate the effects.

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With type 1 it isn't what you eat that matters as much as matching your insulin intake to what you eat and timing it correctly.

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