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Hi I'm Lorah I need help I have being diabetic since 95 and my doc never gave me a diet. How many carbs am I suposto eat in a meal? What diet am I suposto be on?
 

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Lorah, it all depends on which meds you are on, what your BG aim is, but someone with more experience than I have will answer you a lot more quickly if you will share what you weigh, your meds, etc.

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I'm on humalog and humilen. I weigh 200 pounds. Check blood 4 times a day. Wake up blood needs to be around 70 and before food around 120. Can anyone help?
 

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When I first found out, my dietician put me on 250 carbs per day and I reduced it to 200 because I needed better results. These days, I'm managing around 275 per day but that is because i'm taking much better care of myself and have incorporated exercise into my daily routine.

The more I exercise, the more carbs I can manage on a daily basis.

I suggest you go to an endocrinologist and get a complete blood work up. Then ask the Endo to recommend a dietician who can customize a diet to your needs.
 

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I tried my insurance won't cover it. And I can't aford it so I'm kinda stuck on insulin and no idea how to get healthy. Thank you all for your help. Just wanna take better care of myself. Found out today I have glaucoma and protein in my uran. I'm a mess. I haven't being taking my diabetes serious. Now I'm falling apart. Also have neropathy And I'm type 2. Thank you all I just need to vent and have someone to talk to. Hugs also any info you give me is very apritiated.
 

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Welcome to DF. From your post I guess you want to lose weight, lower your bgs and get generally healthy. For that I would suggest you pick up a book called, Diabetes Solutions by Dr Richard Bernstein. You can read some of the chapters online for free Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site A lot of us follow a version of the diet he puts out in his book. It is a low carb diet. He believes in 6 carbs per breakfast, 12 for lunch and 12 for dinner. He gives you menus, recipes and discusses every aspect of diabetes. He is a Type 1 who has had diabetes for more than 70 years. He still has a practice in NY specialising in diabetes. You basically are allowed to eat all the eggs, cheese, meat, veggies you want. The foods you avoid are fruits, starchy veggies, rice, pasta, all things made with flour including bread, cereal, crackers, junk food.
 
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Have you tried doing a bit of exercising each day? You did mention you were 200lbs... do you think you'd feel better if you cont'd with proper diet and lost weight (i know how hard it can be for many people :( hmm ) i do wish you the best of luck.
 

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At 200 pounds I'm guessing you want to lose weight. Although I don't know your age or height I'd guesstimate that you want to strive for around 1600 calories minimum (possibly more or less depending on your age, activity level, etc.) and an hour of daily exercise, in order to lose weight without losing your existing muscle mass. Exercise is one of the best things you can do as a diabetic, regardless of Type-I or Type-II. Not only does it burn existing blood glucose, it helps one lose weight, improves insulin resistance, enhances your mood and metabolism, and more.

Do your best to eat as low carb as possible. By doing so you'll need less insulin, have less chance of hypos, etc. Get the vast majority of your carbs from Vegetables, with the exceptions of Potato, corn and parsnips. Salad and green leafy vegetables are awesome. Avoid dressings/condiments/etc. with carbohydrate or sugars. Avoid refined products, especially anything made with 'enriched white flour' ...

In fact, do your best to avoid all flour, cereal, grain, rice, etc. Everything with carbs eventually becomes glucose, period. Most people controlling their sugars well are way under 100g of carb per day. The folks on this forum doing the best seem to keep it under 60g per day. That's a good goal to shoot for. (Yes, my signature says I eat more than that, but I eat more than most, and burn it all off, and then some...)
 

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Lorah, I highly recommend Dr. Bernstein's book also Google Blood Sugar 101 and read it thoroughly and also, I have a post on this site which you might read as to how I eat. i've lost 45 lbs easily enough and as long as I eat about 30 carbs or so, I stay in ketosis which cuts my appetite tremendously. You really don't have to have an endo as long as you use your noggin and read as much as you can. I personally don't buy the ADA diet unless one wants to use control drugs forever.
 

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thank you everyone so much i forgot to say im 5 foot 2 and im going to be 40 in October. so if that help. big hug everyone
 

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thank you everyone so much i forgot to say im 5 foot 2 and im going to be 40 in October. so if that help. big hug everyone
If you're able to take the time to do some measuring, so you know the calories in your food, it'll help you a lot. Sites like calorieking are great for telling you the calories and macronutrient breakdown of servings of various foods.

If you visit a calorie requirement calculator like this one, and punch in the appropriate values, you'll get an idea of what you need to eat to MAINTAIN your current weight. Subtract 500 calories a day to lose 1lb per week. Try to NOT eat fewer than the BMR figure, which you'll likely find to be around 1600, as I mentioned earlier.

If you can do an hour of moderate exercise a day, eat 1600 calories daily of healthy protein, fat and low-carbohydrate (try for 60g max per day if you can) you'll likely lose about 1.5lbs per week, perhaps even more.

Note: Some people find they can eat LOWER calories than their BMR calculation, but not much lower without going into starvation mode. If you want to eat fewer calories, punch your GOAL weight into the calculator and see the BMR value for that weight, than keep it at-or-above that figure.

Of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary...)
 

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I can understand the sense of urgency you are feeling. When you first come to the realization that you need to get a grip on things, your mind becomes flooded with questions. You ask and get answers which only generate more questions.

You can't figure out how to do things right for yourself until you figure out what you're doing wrong. Where your diet is concerned, there is LOTS you can figure out on your own by reading books and posting questions here.

Let's start here:

Get a NEW blank notebook and for the next 7 days, keep a detailed diary of:

1. What you eat and the time you eat it.

2. Test your bG 4 times per day (just for now, you can reduce the number of times once you get things under control)
- When you wake up (fasting) BEFORE you eat breakfast.
- Two hours AFTER each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

3. Which meds you take and the times you take them.

Do this for the next week. That will give the users here with experience in managing their diabetes something to work with. After a week, post ALL of your results so that we can have a look.

Lastly, you must be PATIENT. Results won't come over night.
 
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