What Can You Eat When You Have Diabetes Type 2?

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Diabetes Type 2 - Meal Planning

Your main focus is on keeping your blood sugar (glucose) level in your target range. To help manage your blood sugar, follow a meal plan that has: Food from all the food groups Fewer calories About the same amount of carbohydrates at each meal and snack Healthy fats Along with healthy eating, you can help keep your blood sugar in target range by maintaining a healthy weight. Persons with type 2 diabetes are often overweight. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help you manage your diabetes better. Eating healthy foods and staying active (for example, 30 to 60 minutes of walking per day) can help you meet and maintain your weight loss goal. HOW CARBOHYDRATES AFFECT BLOOD SUGAR Carbohydrates in food give your body energy. You need to eat carbohydrates to maintain your energy. But carbohydrates also raise your blood sugar higher and faster than other kinds of food. The main kinds of carbohydrates are starches, sugars, and fiber. Learn which foods have carbohydrates. This will help with meal planning so that you can keep your blood sugar in your target range. MEAL PLANNING FOR CHILDREN WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES Meal plans should consider the amount of calories children need to grow. I Continue reading >>

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  1. Sunil Sridhara

    Underweight and Diabetes Type 2..How to gain weight?

    Hi.. I am dignosied with type 2 and am on Glycomet(Metformin) 500mg twice daily (breakfast and dinner). My problem is already I was underweight and after taking Glycomet I am steadily loosing weight. Recently I have lost 1 kg per 4 weeks. My blood glucose levels are also slightly above expected value. It is about 120-130 fasting and about 190-200 after breakfast. I strictly follow a low carb diet as prescribed and exercise abt 30mins per day. Is there any way to add some weight without increasing my sugar levels? Thanks in advance.

  2. User2013

    Welcome to DD!! The first thing that comes to mind is, is the doctor sure you are a type 2? I ask this not because type 2's can't be thin however your numbers sounds quite high with being on Metformin.
    Have you tried adding in more protein like meat, nuts, cheeses, peanut butter, eggs? It is my understanding there are some shakes that are high in protein also but low in carbs.
    Are all your PP numbers that high after meals, not just breakfast? Maybe your oral needs to be increased. I am also on the thinner side and continued to lose weight however I went on insulin and it not only gave me good control of my numbers but I stopped loosing weight.

  3. jwags

    Welcome to DD. Many T 2's tend to be insulin resistant in the morning and have to severely restrict carbs early in the day. Also Dawn Phenomenom (DP) cause our morning numbers to be higher. Are your numbers high most of the day? I agree with Ginny ask your doctor to run some tests to see if you are possibly T 1.5 or even T 1. As far as gaining weight, add things like nuts, whey protein and full fat cream to your diet.

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