Mary, your last A1C in November 2010 is a little high. It might be good to try and understand carb counting and the effect that it has on your blood glucose. Since you take insulin, you can cover your carbs. The sliding scale doesn't work well with carb counting and you will need to know your insulin to carb ratio. This is all very simple to learn and if you have a library near you, get the book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh. 50-60 carbs a day is a good start. You need to find out your insulin to carb ratio. Start out with 1 unit of carbs cover 10 grams of carbs. So if you eat 50 grams of carbs with a meal then you will need to take 5 units of insulin. If you are testing high after meals then go to 1unit for every 5 carbs. Test often so that you find your best insulin to carb ratio.I am trying to lose weight as well as my BS how many carbs does your body need daily to do this? I saw someone eats 50-60 daily is this a good amount? please help.
Hello - Here is what I can offer. The end of September my A1C was 6.4. I am 5 foot tall, 45 yr old female, and weighed 183.I am trying to lose weight as well as my BS how many carbs does your body need daily to do this? I saw someone eats 50-60 daily is this a good amount? please help.
I read your post and I also saw in your signature that you went into denial.... So I will add my opinion here with a slight explanation.
The lower the carb intake on a normal person the more weight they will loose but, Surprise we are here because we are not normal. Now that that has been said I will also add that I loose around 20 carbs a day but, I am not dieting... I have changed my Life style! The key to successful weight loss is not finding the quick fix of lowering your carbs because your body will crave them and you will eventually go into denial again.
I guess what I am trying to say is forget about trying to loose by counting carbs... Get up and walk... run... bike.... swim... Do something.... eat healthier and you will feel better as you loose the pounds!
Off Topic Warning.....I like your new picture, but which one is you?I agree with Doc, that taking control of your diabetes has to be multi-faceted approach: diet, exercise, medications, attitude, etc.
What annoys me are the doctors and educators that have told me well intentioned but inaccurate information, like "try to limited your carbs to 50 per meal" and friends who gave me 'diabetic cookbooks' with recipes for complicated casseroles with only 48 grams of carbs ... yikes! Many of us will never get our sugars under control following that advice. I think many of the posters in this forum have a better understanding of diabetes than the so-called "professionals."