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My name is Kim and my husband is Diabetic. He has all the problems that come with the disorder. He hasn't been taking care of himself and recently became scared. His sugar has been around 400 lately and I guess this has scared him enough to do some thing about it. Now that he is willing to except my help I need to learn all I can. How many Grams of sugar and carbs should he have per day? I am not used to keeping sugar low , I have low sugar and all way need to keep it up. Any advice ?
 

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he should be having zero sugars and carbs per day. if he's serious, then he will get it done
 

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he should be having zero sugars and carbs per day. if he's serious, then he will get it done
I respectively disagree. You can be serious about something and not go as extreme as that...as has been said numerous times, different things work for different people. I would try to set some realistic goals, to promote sustained success. I dropped my carb intake down to 20 grams a day. This not only brought my weight down, it also brought my BGL down quite a bit. Over time I can bring it up to 30, adding 10 grams at a time until I no longer see weight loss, then I can bring it back down to an appropriate level to meet my goals. This is what works for me. Your mileage may vary :)

With all that said, TBP has been SUPER successful with his weight loss and I admire his determination and discipline a great deal. Easy to admire, tougher to match :)

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Could you give us a little info about your husband's diabetes? Is he a Type 1 or Type 2. Is he on meds or insulin or a pump? If his numbers are that high he needs to meet with his doctor or medical team and figure out what is going on. As far as diet goes I am a type 2 and insulin resistant. I keep my carbs to a bare minimum and don't eat any processed carbs at all. But we all are different. Many of us eat to our meter. We find the foods that give us the lowest bgs. Welcome to the fourm.
 

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Hello Kim, welcome! You did no mention whether your husband sees a doctor. He needs to see am endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) and get a diagnosis. He will then be given appropriate medications, or insulin to control his blood sugar level. Eating low carb is important, but the treatment advised by the doctor is by far the most important.
 

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Hello & welcome, Kim. All I can do is repeat what the others have said . . . he needs to see a doctor & he needs to curb his carb intake. Please keep us posted - we're here to help.
 

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My name is Kim and my husband is Diabetic. He has all the problems that come with the disorder. He hasn't been taking care of himself and recently became scared. His sugar has been around 400 lately and I guess this has scared him enough to do some thing about it. Now that he is willing to except my help I need to learn all I can. How many Grams of sugar and carbs should he have per day? I am not used to keeping sugar low , I have low sugar and all way need to keep it up. Any advice ?
Hi Kstodd and :welcome: to the forum. I agree with low carbs, but going carb free is really hard but can be done if your mind is set for that. Your husband needs to see a doctor, a reading of 400 is getting up there and time to talk to a doctor. A doctor will run some blood tests to get your husband's sugar, then your doctor can make a diagnosis and treatment and pick some range numbers for your husbands. When you get your doctor involved, it really makes you feel good, unfortunately, most doctors don't have that kind of time. If you give us some information about your husband, we can help you better. Is he T1 or T2. I am on insulin so I eat more normal food because I have something to bring my sugar down if it goes high. Your husband may need to see a nutritionist just be careful what they set his carbs at. Most nutritionist's want to follow the ADA guidelines for eating and the ADA is carby heavy and has far too many carbs for diabetics. Get a good meter and start testing his blood sugar before eating and test 1 hour after and at 2 hours after. Your husband's blood sugars should will give you valuable information and you doctor will appreaciate your husdand's effort. Visit oftem and let us know how things are turning up.
 
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welcome Kim :) I agree with others about looking at diet and lowering carbs. I agree with Jeremy too that it's not always possible to do the absolute no carbs in your diet either.... for a start most vegies have carbs (fructose is a carb... look up "low FODMAP diet" on the net for info about which vegies/fruits/grains has types of fructose). Hopefully your husband can get started on the right track by speaking with his endocrinologist and asking for the diagnostic tests to be run again if necessary (especially if not type 1). Having BGLs that high for type 2 could indicate a) bad diet, b) insulin resistance c) insufficient or no meds d) lack of physical activity, e) beta cell damage in the pancreas, f) too much stress, g) lack of sleep.... I could go on. You've found a good support network here. Keep us posted on how things go with your hubby.
 

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OK guys. My husband has Type 2. He has been on insulin for 9 years. He is on Disability and Insurance does not kick in until June. He did call his old doc and will be seeing him on Monday. He all so has other things going on. He is 40 years old and looks 60. It is hard to get him to eat because he has trouble chewing and swallowing! He chocks on most of his pills. Meat and salads have to be cut small . Most of the time he doesn't have a pulse in his feet. (he cut his toe the other day and it didn't bleed.)
 
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OK guys. My husband has Type 2. He has been on insulin for 9 years. He is on Disability and Insurance does not kick in until June. He did call his old doc and will be seeing him on Monday. He all so has other things going on. He is 40 years old and looks 60. It is hard to get him to eat because he has trouble chewing and swallowing! He chocks on most of his pills. Meat and salads have to be cut small . Most of the time he doesn't have a pulse in his feet. (he cut his toe the other day and it didn't bleed.)
ah not good... sounds like he's doing it tough there Kim. Does he have a diagnosed oesophagus problem? Or is it more his stomach? Must be hard when food has to be chopped finely to eat. If there's health issues going on it would make it hard to control BGLs. I was recently diagnosed with functional dyspepsia (stomach disorder) myself and I'm finding it is interferring a fair bit with BGLs. Hopefully the doc can help him get sorted and on the right track... maybe different insulin or dosage needed? Keep us posted on how the visit goes.
 

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Yes he has dysphagia disorder with gastralparesis. Food will some times sit and rot or go right through him. He has been watching his sugar intake and still runs 200. Hopefully the Doc can help. ( this will be an out of pocket vista shoe really doesn't want to go) I would like to try the low carb for him but he doesn't care for meat. He likes beans best. He will eat soft things. Fells like a catch 22 all the way around.
What a hous hold. He is high sugar and I bottom out all the time. Guess we really need to get reading. I mean I need to read.
 
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Yes he has dysphagia disorder with gastralparesis. Food will some times sit and rot or go right through him. He has been watching his sugar intake and still runs 200. Hopefully the Doc can help. ( this will be an out of pocket vista shoe really doesn't want to go) I would like to try the low carb for him but he doesn't care for meat. He likes beans best. He will eat soft things. Fells like a catch 22 all the way around.
What a hous hold. He is high sugar and I bottom out all the time. Guess we really need to get reading. I mean I need to read.
oooh Ok... that makes it hard when there's things he won't eat. I suppose you can stick to finely chopped vegies at least. I'm a picky meat eater myself... it has to be lean for me to eat it. I prefer no bones too. With food sitting in his stomach... it makes it hard to control BGLs. With functional dyspepsia I was told by my GI specialist that the stomach can be slower to empty too and he has diabetic patients with it where their stomachs have been half full of food and he has had to organise procedure to get their stomach emptied. ewwww. Maybe your hubby needs medical intervention like this? With my stomach I'm really unsure what it's doing... I was told that it can go too slow, too fast, or both with condition I have.... it certainly feels that way too. With gastroparesis I believe it's just that the stomach goes too slow. At least I can swallow food... but I've been prescribed 3x meds for the condition I have.
 
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