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How Many Carbs Per Meal Should A Diabetic Have?

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How Many Carbs Should A Diabetic Eat?

Figuring out how many carbs to eat when you have diabetes can seem confusing. Meal plans created by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provide about 45% of calories from carbs. This includes 45–60 grams per meal and 10–25 grams per snack, totaling about 135–230 grams of carbs per day. However, a growing number of experts believe people with diabetes should be eating far fewer carbs than this. In fact, many recommend fewer carbs per day than what the ADA allows per meal. This article takes a look at the research supporting low-carb diets for diabetics and provides guidance for determining optimal carb intake. Glucose, or blood sugar, is the main source of fuel for your body's cells. In people with diabetes, the body's ability to process and use blood sugar is impaired. Although there are several types of diabetes, the two most common forms are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, a hormone that allows sugar from the bloodstream to enter the body's cells. Instead, insulin must be injected to ensure that sugar enters cells. Type 1 diabetes develops because of an autoimmune process in which the body attack Continue reading >>

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  1. uttam

    how to gain weight ..type 2

    Hi everybody..
    Here in forum i saw everybody decreasing their weight but I want to gain weight 5 to 6 kgs but since i was dx type 2, 3 months ago i am fixed on 51 kgs. my dietitian says i am under weight and have to gain 5 to 6 kgs. she gave me 2200 kcal meal plan but still i am fixed on 51 kg. my friends make fun of me as i am too thin.
    when i talked to my doc regarding weight gain she suggested me to go on insulin but i really don't wanna go for it as my last a1c is 6.3 ( checked last week)
    does any of medicines i am taking disturbs to gain weight ?
    Thanks in advance
    29 years old male..
    dx type 2 in nov 2011..
    Metformin 500mg twice a day
    Gliclazide 80 mg twice a day
    Acarbose 25 mg twice a day
    Multi vit twice a day
    Pregabalin 75 mg at bed time
    diet=low carb high protein
    exercise= 1 hour walk daily
    last a1c = 6.3

  2. Shanny

    Your low-carb/high-protein diet may be sabotaging your weight gain . . . would be much better if you used low-carb/high-FAT instead. The more natural fats you can use, the better will be your diabetes AND your weight gain - fats are very dense in calories.

  3. jwags

    A couple of thoughts here. Have you been tested for LADA? If not ask your doctor for a GAD 65 Antibody test. Many times people are dx'd as type 2's when they really are 1.5's. Higher bgs will usually contribute to weight loss , sometimes. As far as regaining weight, if your bgs are in a good range then you need to increase food intake and possible decrease exercise a little. Since you are watching carbs I would suggest increasing fat and protein. Swap your protein to mostly beef. I would up the calories up a little more. I am in more or less of a maintenance diet and eat around 2000-2200 calories most days.

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