How Many Carbs A Day If You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

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Low-carb Mediterranean Diet

© 2010 Steve Parker, M.D. After a year of intense research and analysis, version 2.0 of the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet is ready. It’s a work in progress that may be improved periodically. Check back for updates. Precautions and Disclaimer The ideas and suggestions in this document are provided as general educational information only and should not be construed as medical advice or care. Information herein is meant to complement, not replace, any advice or information from your personal health professional. All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes. Steve Parker, M.D., and pxHealth disclaim any liability or warranties of any kind arising directly or indirectly from use of this diet. If any medical problems develop, always consult your personal physician. Only your physician can provide you medical advice. You should not follow this diet if you are a child, pregnant or lactating, have alcoholism or history of alcohol abuse, have abnormal liver or kidney function, or have gout or Continue reading >>

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  1. pattikins13

    approximatly how many carbs a day do you eat? I'm really confused by the term "low carb". It seems to range anywhere from 20-30 carbs per day to 20-30 carbs per meal.Which do you consider low carb?

  2. fgummett

    Hi pattikins13 and Welcome to DF!
    A good question but not easily answered... you will find it much discussed here on DF but the bottom line is: it very much depends on you
    At one extreme the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Carbohydrate is around 300g per day, at the other extreme is the idea that we do not need to eat ANY carbohydrates... the body can make all it needs from Protein.
    For example: Is dietary carbohydrate essential for human nutrition?
    Many here find the standard dietitian recommendations on carb intake (often around 60-70g per meal plus some more for snacks) not very helpful; in terms of managing Blood Glucose.
    In my view anything less than 150g carbs/day could be considered "low-carb" but many here are on much less. My approach is to find a natural level.. for example if you tried to eat more than say 100g carbs per day using only green leafy veg you would spend all day chewing ... whereas 100g of carbs in the from of soft drinks and doughnuts is easily attained... so you see it is not just the quantity but perhaps more importantly, the quality of those carbohydrates and what they come "wrapped" in
    Here is my usual spiel on diet (in this case it simply means "what I eat", as opposed to a drastic short-term weight-loss change)...
    Real whole food, is the order of the day... preferably local and in-season, grown/reared on nutrient rich land... grass-fed beef and pastured chickens for example. This means eat whole (unprocessed, unpackaged, unadulterated) food, which includes a natural balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates (as well as vitamins, minerals etc...) ...there really is no need to be afraid of fat... it's gotten a bad rap.
    Those of us with Diabetes need to pay particular attention to the foods which have the most effect on our Blood Glucose (BG) levels. There are obvious things to watch out for like candy, cola, cakes and sweets (these are high in refined/concentrated carbohydrates)... next in line are the "white" foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, breakfast cereal... but even something assumed to be healthy like orange juice has about as much sugar as a cola... fat reduced milk can have an higher proportion of lactose (sugar), especially in low-fat products such as yogurts which may have High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) added to replace the fat... and so it goes on. That does not mean you need to feel deprived or hungry to eat this way, not by any means. You may even find you can work in an occasional family cake... for example. The keyword there being "occasional" as it used to be when our Grandparents baked cakes only for Birthdays etc... not everyday (muffins, donuts, pastries) for breakfast.
    You'll often see here on DF the phrase "eat to your meter" and this deceptively simple message is very wise... test around your food and figure out what works best for YOU.
    I'd suggest that BG control be your primary aim -- reducing excess fat mass, improving cholesterol/lipids, hypertension etc... all these tend to improve with more normal BGs.
    Some ideas for snacks... I'm big on nuts, cheese, dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher), pork rinds/scratchings, cold meats, boiled eggs, peanut butter.
    While we are encouraged to eat "so many servings of fruit and veg daily", many of these can spike our BGs so test, test test... for many of us, green leafy vegetables seem to work best... but you may also help reduce/slow the BG spike by mixing foods... for example: instead of eating an apple by itself, try just half the apple in slices with some peanut butter or cheese... or have a few berries with some cream.
    In terms of activity.. I am not big on setting unrealistic "exercise" goals... flogging yourself at the gym... unless you feel especially motivated to do it. I think you are better off with something sustainable in the long term. There are many health benefits of activity but I'm not convinced that losing weight is a major one. I do believe in building activity into your daily routine (rather than finding excuses for missing the gym).. take the stairs, park further away, get off the bus a stop earlier... go for a walk at lunchtime... take "smoke breaks" at work where you walk around the block instead. Physical activity can help with your BG numbers as it tends to lower Insulin Resistance (IR) , as well as using up glucose but as with food, it is advisable to test and see how it affects you.

  3. pattikins13

    Thank you for your response. I have so very much to learn.

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