According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), you should eat 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal! Given the formula that 15 grams of carbohdrates equals 1 carb and looking at the recommendation of the ADA, they want you to eat 3 or 4 carbs at EVERY meal! Ah, 3 meals a day at 3 to 4 carbs per meal means that you would be eating approximately 12 carbs per day! And that is just for meals. The ADA also suggests you have carbs for snacks.
The ADA's reason for suggesting that you eat that many (and more) carbs per day? It's so that you can cover the amount of insulin you're taking. They create a vicious circle and you are caught right in the middle of it. It keeps you tied to insulin. It keeps you from becoming healthy. It keeps you a diabetic. It continues to degrade your body.
Taking insulin or oral medication keeps your body alive. You must follow your doctor's orders and take your medication including insulin.
Taking medication including insulin does not keep your body from deteriorating. It does not keep your body from suffering the horrible effects of diabetes. It does not enable you to have any control over what is happening with your body. The pharmaceutical companies and the ADA now own you!
Debunking that myth is very important.
The number of carbohydrates you need in any given day depends on your lifestyle. If you are a laborer who performs physically demanding work 8 hours a day, your carbohydrate needs will be completely different from a person who sits behind a desk for 8 hours a day. You need to find out what level of carbohydrates work for your body.
A laborer may need to eat upwards of 15 or more carbs a day. An office worker may need to eat only 3 or 4 carbs a day.
The only way to determine how many carbs you need per day is by following the 4 step plan:
1. Count the number of carbs (15 grams of carbohydrates equal 1 carb) you are currently eating daily.
2. Test your blood sugar each morning before breakfast and an hour after each meal
3. Check your weight each morning (in the nude - after the bathroom)
4. Adjust your carb intake according to your blood glucose levels and your weight.
If your fasting blood glucose levels are stable at normal or near normal levels of 85 to 90 you're eating the right number of carbs. If you are losing weight, you are eating the right number of carbs for weight loss -- this number would be adjusted up once you reach your goal/healthy weight.
Eating a controlled number of carbohydrates each day will significantly reduce the need for insulin and other medication.
When my husband reduced his carb intake down to 4 to 6 carbs a day, he was, with his doctor's permission, able to gradually reduce his insulin. He was on 43 units of insulin a night! Within 2 months he was completely off of insulin. That was 7 years ago! He has not had insulin in all that time. His fasting blood glucose levels went from 300, 270, 185, etc. to 90, 95, 102, etc.
He also lost 80 pounds within 9 months! This is a man who could not lose weight, who's physicians told him they had no choice but to put him on insulin injections, who had neuropathy in both his feet for over 10 years and had pain levels of 10. After controlling his carbs, he not only went off of insulin and other meds but the neuropathy in his feet went from a pain level of 10 to a pain level of <1.
REDUCING THE NUMBER OF CARBS YOU EAT DAILY WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF INSULIN YOU ARE TAKING. IF YOU CONTINUE TO TAKE THE SAME AMOUNT OF INSULIN WHILE REDUCING THE NUMBER OF CARBS, YOU CAN CREATE A CONDITION OF HYPOGLYCEMIA OR LOW BLOOD SUGAR. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. YOU NEED TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE REDUCING YOUR CARB INTAKE OR MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR LIFESTYLE.
The information on this blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice or services. It is based on our experience of over 25 years of type 2 diabetes. This blog is intended as a wake up call. It should be used only for education and information and as a basis for discussion with a doctor. The information here is for patients to read and become more informed about type 2 diabetes. Always consult with a doctor before making any changes to medication or lifestyle.
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