Saturday, June 5, 2010
Counting Carbs and Diabetes
This is going to be a multi post subject for this blog. I am on summer vacation and I needed something to blog about. A friend of mine was newly diagnosed with diabetes. She is having a hard time trying to lose weight so she can hopefully reverse the diabetes, or at least be diet controlled with no medications needed. This topic is close to my heart. As a 20 plus year nurse, and someone who has diabetes in their family I know what a devastating illness it can be. But it doesn't have to be. Once you have overcome the shock that you have it, and the denial plus all the other emotions that come with it. It is time to get to work getting your life back under control. The newest way that diabetes is being both controlled for blood sugar levels, as well as for weight loss is by counting carbs, not calories, carbs. This video will be the start in many series of how to count carbs, measure carbs, and stay within your limit. If you are on insulin you need to discuss with your doctor what your carb to insulin ratio should be. It is much different than for those who take no insulin. Watch the video below to get you started, and please not that 15g=1 carb. So if a serving size of something is 3, then you are taking in 45grams of carbs for that one item. Most experts agree if you are a woman, and non active you should limit to 30grams of carbs per meal. If you are active it can go up to 45. Men who are active can have up to 60 grams of carbs per meal. Learn to love to read your labels, and understand what you are reading. Never skip meals or try to eat no carbs at all. This is especially dangerous if you are a diabetic.