Low-Carb Diet

Low carb diets are one of the most controversial topics relating to diabetes diet. Low carb diets can help to maintain low and stable blood glucose levels.

One of the best resources relating to low-carb diets for people with diabetes is the low carb diet forum:

Disagreement exists as to what should be a healthy minimum level of daily carbohydrate.

Carbohydrates are recognised as one of the fundamental influences on blood sugar levels.

Many people with diabetes find that eating a low-carbohydrate diabetes diet helps them to control blood sugar better than other diet types, including those currently (2012) recommended by the National Health Service.

What counts as low carb?

Charity Diabetes UK provides the following brackets for daily carbohydrate intakes.

A research study in 2008[7] used the following brackets to categorise daily carbohydrate intake:

  • Moderate carbohydrate: 130 to 225g of carbs
  • Low carbohydrate: under 130g of carbs
  • Very low carbohydrate: under 30g of carbs

How do carbohydrates affect the body?

Carbohydrates, as do proteins and fats, provide energy so they help to fuel the body.

Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose so when carbohydrates are consumed, an increase in blood sugar levels occurs to a greater or lesser extent according to the carbohydrate.

By reducing carbohydrate intake, you can help to reduce the rise in blood glucose levels after meals.

How will low-carbing affect my weight?

Low carbohydrate diets have been found to be successful in aiding weight loss.

There is some debate as to how the diet helps.

The reduction in carbohydrates means that people need not produce, or inject, so much insulin. As insulin helps to store fat, less circulating insulin could help to prevent, reduce or reverse weight gain.

A further theory is that by restricting the amount of carbohydrates, people are often restricting their calorie intake to some extent, which also helps it weight loss and weight management.

What is the counter-argument against low-carb diets for people with diabetes?

If low-carb diets can help to reduce blood glucose levels and aid weight loss, then why are low-carbohydrate diets not advocated by the NHS?

The reason that is commonly cited is that there is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness and safety of low-carbohydrate diets.

The question is a hotly debated one which has seen disagreement from both sides as to which diet is more safe and effective.

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Low carb diets have been amongst people with diabetes because they are blood sugar friendly. A low carb diet has less carbohydrate than the average diet.

There is no formal definition, but a diet of less than 130g of carbohydrate a day is regarded as low carb. It not uncommon for people with diabetes to have less than 100g of carbohydrate a day.

Low carb diets have become particularly popular with people who have type 2 diabetes. The diet’s also had appeal for people with type 1 diabetes who have either struggled with control on a ‘normal diet’ or who want to tighten their control.

People on insulin, or other blood glucose lowering medication, should take care if reducing their carbohydrate intake as hypoglycemia can occur. We would advise speaking with your doctor first, before making significant changes to your diet.

Some of the benefits of a low carb diet can include:

  • Lower average blood glucose levels - particularly in the period after meals
  • Reduction in ‘brain fog’ that tends to result from higher sugar levels
  • Helping with weight loss

People have also found that low carb diets can improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

To reduce your carb intake you will likely cut down on or cut out food such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and of course sweeter foods.

Vegetables should be the foundation of a low carb diet –as they should for any diet. You may need to up your intake of protein or fat to compensate for the reduction in carbohydrate. If increasing the amount of fat, ensure you’re getting a good supply of unsaturated fats which are found in nuts, avocados and oily fish.

With any significant change in diet, you may experience a few effects in the first 2 weeks as the body gets use to the change.

This can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Constipation or loose stools

If these effects don’t subside after a couple of weeks, you may need to make some changes. You may wish to consult a dietitian for advice.

A low carb diet is sometimes viewed as a restrictive diet.

However, many people on the diet find inventive ways to replace starchy foods - such as using swede or celeriac instead of potato, and using cauliflower instead of rice and making dough out of almond meal. You may well find that a low carb diet is more nutritious than your previous diet.

What side effects exist when on a low carb diet?

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

If you significantly reduce your carbohydrate intake, your medication and/or dosage may need to be reviewed to prevent low blood glucose levels –particularly if you take insulin.

Symptoms of low blood glucose levels can include headaches, fatigue and lack of concentration.

It is worth noting that headaches, fatigue and lack of concentration are also symptoms of high blood glucose levels, so the ideal situation is to balance the amount of medication with the carbohydrate intake.

Nutrition deficiency

As with any diet, depending on how it put together, there is the chance that the diet may lack certain nutrients. The inclusion of a variety of fresh vegetables, and certain fruit, can help to offset deficiencies.

Constipation

Depending on which foods make up the diet, constipation can occur. Inclusion of fibrous vegetables can help to offset the problem.

What should a low carbohydrate diet consist of?

If you are significantly reducing the amount of carbohydrate in your diet, you may need to make up some of the reduced calories with either protein or fat. It is advisable to ensure the fat content includes so called good fats such as:

  • Mono-unsaturated fats: nuts, avocados and olive oil.
  • Polyunsaturated fats: found in fish oils (don’t confuse fish oils with fish served in vegetable oil)

Is a low carb diet not suitable for certain people?

People with reduced kidney function, in particular, are advised to speak with their healthcare team before increasing the amount of protein in their diet.

People with a history of heart trouble may need to be careful about which fats they consume and may be advised to speak with a dietitian.

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You accidentally hit your hand with a hammer - it hurts. Your doctor gives you medication so it doesn't hurt. Your doctor says you can continue to hit your hand with a hammer as long as you take the medication - he/she even says you should continue hitting your hand with the hammer and taking the medication ( just count the number of times you hit yourself and take that many medication doses). You could stop hitting your hand with the hammer and stop taking medication ( ignore doctor's orders). How is this different to starch/sugar consumption for a diabetic? Eat more natural fats for working energy - Low carb, moderate protein, high fat consumption with make you thin, energetic and healthy.
Posted by Not-diabetic on Saturday, November 10, 2012
Just to add my 10 cents worth... 3 of us have been on a low carb diet for a month now (following the all to obvious conclusions that Gary Taubes provides us with). We've lost 9 kilos between the three of us; we don't feel hungry (that's really a different diet feel) and we do feel better. A few early symptoms of muscle aches and lack of energy now belong to the past and one of us (the type 2) has her next doctor's visit in a week. Like so many others, he didn't recommend a low-carb diet but when he sees how it works, perhaps he'll reconsider. I'll update you with the blood sugar results etc. in the near future.
Posted by ModularMagus, Brussels, Belgium on Sunday, September 30, 2012
I have been diagnosed as diabetic type 2 for several years and I thought I was the only person with this problem of getting the diet right through conflicting advice or the focus on medication. I am now on a low carb diet; one day greens and salads the next eat kind of normal, but no sugar. Bread is the most difficult to conquer so I limit bread and butter to the weekend and try to make it all grain bread and spread instead of butter. I am a little wary of spreads, I suspect they are as damaging as butter, at least butter is natural and a dairy product. I like the advice of taking charge of your own diet, there is so much information on the internet; no processed suger, less processed food, low carbs, more greens and salads and don't be afraid to treat yourself on a regular basis is my intention. I have found on the low carb diet I have woken up during the night and had to take some food if I take my medication; metroformin and Glipizide. At 65 years old my sex life has reduced to zero and I hope if I reduce the medication and get fit I might get a bit of it back at least. I also found that cycling twice a day for about 15 minutes at a time reduces my blood sugar level much better than walking. I get my treats then go for a bike ride.
Posted by Robert2U, Norwich UK on Monday, September 24, 2012
Been diagnosed but am very confused as to whether Im diabetic or not as my blood sugar level last tested was 6.3, and I've been told 10 yrs ago that I wouldn't even be considered diabetic but now I am, and my GP said my blood sugar levels aren't that high. I don't have any structure of a diet to follow, no idea how much is my daily intake of anything is supposed to be, and what I'm given as in so called help is laughable - 30 mins with the dietitian and then 15 mins a month! I also have no idea what my blood sugar levels are supposed to be, and added this I have peripheral neuropathy (though this I feel I have had since a child but has been greatly aggravated by both the diabetes and vascular stuff. Am finding the whole thing very bewildering and particulary with the neuropathy, deeply upset and very frightening so need all the help I can get! Regards, Ania
Posted by Newly diagnosed, London on Monday, July 23, 2012
I am T2 and have been juicing my food 80% veg, 20% fruit 2x a day plus a small normal meal for tea over 3 months. My DN was amazed at my results and took me off 4x 500mg of metformin but is monitoring me over the next 3 months (she didn't want me to do the Newcastle diet) but if I left it to the experts I would still be on tablets and 2.5 stone heavier. The idea came from Joe Cross.
Posted by Alan, Derbyshire on Monday, July 23, 2012
So the official line is to eat more carbohydrates, exactly how much evidence is there for this when they're saying that they need more evidence for low carb (higher fat). If you have lost weight, feel better, use less, or no, mediction why should you not? If you care about your health and want the answers to this paradox then please read Gary Taubes's book called Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the UK it is called the diet delusion and easer to read version is called Why We Get Fat. Then get your doctor to read it and everyone else. It will changes your life. By the way it's not a diet book, it simply looks at the evidence out there and lets you make your own conclusions. It is gripping reading!
Posted by Anne Gregg, Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
My maternal mother has got diabetes 2, so I got diabetes at 45 and I am cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates and fried foods.
Posted by Mrs Ranjit Bains on Saturday, June 16, 2012
I have very recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Feel a bit on my own here in Portugal, will be meeting once a month with my doctor.BUT I am already perplexed by the debate over the low carb diet. I was familiar with the Atkins Diet, and theory behind it. I was advised by a specialist (private) to go for for the Low Carb diet, and my blood sugar is now almost normal (I think). But everyone seems aghast when I say I am not going to eat bread, potatoes, pasta and the like. Why is this?it seems so obvious to me, that if carbohydrates turn to sugar in the blood, I shouldn't eat them. Help?
Posted by Granjapt, Portugal on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I am type 1 and have been training hard and keeping fit for quite a while but struggled with weight on my belly and sides I have cut carbs out almost completely and feel great and tighter and trimmer.
Posted by Billy wilson, Uddingston, Glasgow on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My husband developed diabetes after he had most of his pancreas removed because of a large tumour (3 years ago - so looks successful!!). He started by being told to have carbs at each meal - we even started to have lunch, when we never used to bother. He put on a stone. We holidayed in Cuba - didn't like the bread and desserts, ate loads of salad and fruit - he lost weight and felt much healthier. So we've followed our own "Caribbean diet" since - and he's lost weight and feels much fitter :-) He hasn't cut out all carbs - he eats the odd slice of wholemeal toast, small amounts of pasta / potatoes once a day. But I was worrying that he isn't following the advice of 1/3 carbs, 1/3 veg and 1/3 protein. I can see from your forum, I think, that I can relax and be reassured that cutting down on carbs is fine! And that there doesn't seem to be any awful hidden long term damage from cutting down carbs. Thanks for all of your comments that I've found so helpful.
Posted by Mary, Weymouth on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I agree 100% with Dr. Briffa's comments: the official diet advice given to diabetics is an absolute scandal! I was diagnosed with T2 in 2004 and did as I was told. I based my meals on potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, etc. with the result that 18 months ago I lost feeling in my feet. Since joining this forum I have realised that I had to give up the very foods I had been told to base my diet on. My readings dropped, I have halved my medication and I feel more positive about the future. Ignore the official advice and learn from fellow sufferers!
Posted by Bierman on Friday, March 09, 2012
Rather than low-carb, I am concentrating on low-GI (I am NOT dieting!). As a T2, I have recognised the importance of stabilising my blood glucose - and avoiding 'spikes' - and low-GI keeps things on a fairly even keel. I am losing weight, but slowly; a pound or two a week is a stone in around 3 months, and I am happy to keep this up. I don't feel hungry, and there are lots of great low-GI foods on the list.
Posted by Garth on Friday, March 02, 2012
I was diagnosed Type 2 last April and take 2 x 500 Metformin. My Doc and DN were happy with my A1c of 6.2 but I have been really impressed with everything I have read about Low Carb. January the results were brilliant. Most readings were 5+ and under 6 and I lost a few pounds. February I have been following exactly the same diet and I have put on 4 pounds. I would like to lose 10 so I'm really disappointed. Also my sugar numbers have crept up to low 6's. Has anyone else experienced this turn around. I feel really good though and no longer have a daily slump and have much more energy. Just do not like the idea of weight gain!!!
Posted by MaryAnn Rogerson, UK on Thursday, March 01, 2012
Having read Dr Briffa's book 'Escape The Diet Trap' I feel I really understand the processes going on in digestion and weight control and the effect on blood sugars. I've been following his low-carb eating plan for 3 weeks now and have lost weight but more importantly I feel so much livelier than I did with carbs: it is clear to me it is doing me good. I eat better than ever as I've replaced rice, bread, pasta and potatoes with more leafy green or other low-carb veg. My diet goes entirely against the diabetic dietitians' advice but I know it is working for me. Please, don't beat yourself up over the dietary advice the professionals are handing out to diabetics, just try the Briffa eating plan (or a similar one) for a month and see if you don't also come to realise the 'experts' are just getting it wrong with their emphasis on carbs.
Posted by Steve Hardwick, Southport, UK on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I wonder if there is such a thing as a detailed low carb diet that I could follow. I also need to lose some weight. I am on metformin. Any help would be much appreciated.
Posted by Simple, Highlands on Friday, February 17, 2012
Hi I'm new to this. I have type 1. The dietician told me to eat 45g carbohydrate per meal and I told her my body wont take it. she told me to try for two months. I gained weight like crazy. She wouldn't let up so I went out on my own. I dropped down to 30g carbs a day, dropped my insulin to 100 units. I have to take humulin 500. I was taking 230 units a day now like 90 so I will stay here. I feel great. I went from 285 down to 125-90 so who is right and who is wrong.
Posted by deb, cambridge, ohio on Sunday, January 29, 2012
I have controlled my diabetes for 7 yrs with a low carb diet. I have never taken tablets for it preferring the low carb approach. It also lowers my blood pressure. I have found the health care "experts" don't have a clue. They are so close minded with their one size fits all approach which certainly doesn't work.
Posted by aurorabucket, scotland on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have been diagnosed diabetic for 7 years and only just started on Metformin. I have recently been following a low carb diet and have lost a stone in weight over a month. I have also noted a slight drop in my readings. I will carry on and see how things progress. I will definately be speaking with my Diabetic Nurse at my next review to hopefully get her to share the news with other diabetics. I really do think there is something in this.
Posted by nickyg, Brighton on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have been on the low carb diet since not long after I was diagnosed in 2008, and it has enabled me to manage my diabetes without having to take medication. I can vouch for the fact that it really works, whatever anyone else says. All we need now is the NHS to catch up with reality! The Diabetic Dietician said that she thought I had been misdiagnosed with diabetes, but I can vouch for the fact that I only have to eat something I shouldn't to know that I have definitely not been misdiagnosed!
Posted by Hogeymama, Bristol on Thursday, January 19, 2012
This thread has some pretty good points. I have only been diagnosed as Type 1 for 6 months, but by cutting down drastically (but not totally) on my daily carb intake, my levels have totally stabilized. This is to the extent that I haven't altered my Humalog dosage of 18 units BD since the second week of my diagnosis. My diabetes nurse is amazed how well everything is going, HBA1C of 7.1% at 3 months and 6.2% at 6 months. In effect; careful dietry intake of carbs has allowed me to almost forget about the fact that I have to inject twice a day. It has also meant that the weight I lost whilst undiagnosed, has not returned so drastically.
Posted by Baggsy, Liskeard, Cornwall on Thursday, January 19, 2012
I started a low carb regime on 1st September due to my Hba1c getting worse on the diet recommended by the diabetic nurse/GP. I am on Metformin and did not want to go on Gliclazide almost immediately by testing regularly, another thing my surgery did not want me to do (so I buy my own test strips), my blood glucose levels started dropping and now my fasting levels are usually 5.8 to 6.5 and post prandial results after 2 hr regularly below 6. Have loads of energy, no hunger pangs. I just wish I had done this so much earlier and ignored the advice of the doctor's and nurses not to cut my carbs. Is it about finance so they can dispense more drugs as I feel if most if not all diabetics could manage their diabetes in this way it would save the National Health Service a fortune.
Posted by Pat Bradbury, Chesterfield on Saturday, November 05, 2011
I can see how health is really being taken seriously due to tremendous hit of alien illnesses these days. This is the reason why this kind of diet should really be given much attention these days.
Posted by Helene Lauren on Monday, October 24, 2011
Hi, I am a newly diagnosed diabetic, the information out there is so confusing. I have joined Slimming World in an effort to control my weight, I don't like the gym, I don't like jogging as my knees are painful after, it is a struggle to find the best options to make your self better.
Posted by dahlia on Sunday, August 21, 2011
If you think about the energy process, it makes so much sense to low carb if you're diabetic. My problem is that my husband can't cope with low carb meals, and I find it really difficult to watch him stoke up on carbs and not join in. Any suggestions? (Apart from eating separetly!)
Posted by benniesmum on Thursday, August 18, 2011
I was advised by the Dukan people on line that this diet was not advisable for diabetics.
Posted by 375lindyloo, Wigan on Thursday, August 18, 2011
I have just read Heather's post. And I agree totally. A few years ago I told by a dietican that I should have 16 carbohydrate exchanges PER DAY. Now one exchange is classed as 15grams of carbs. I stacked on the weight and this meant I needed to take MORE insulin for it to be effective. I have taken a few years but I am now back to the low carb diet I was living on and walking a lot with yoga too. I have halved the amount of long acting insulin and only need a few units of novorapid for each meal. I feel better, my moods are better and I am slowly losing weight. I have had professional suggest that this is not good. But I recently saw a new endo and he said if it works go for it. So long as I eat healthy and exercise and it is reflective in my HBA1c then he can't complain. I still have some carbs but I keep it as low as possible and also factor in the amount of exercise I will be doing that day/ Everybody's BODY is different.
Posted by Anita Craw, London on Thursday, August 04, 2011
Hi, I was diagnosed type 2 nearly 7 years ago. Doctor prescribed Metformin 500mg twice a day. Tummy problems never went away. Recently my doctor has changed it to SR metformin once a day. I have tried different types of food at lunch time. Egg & mixed salad and vegetables work quite well. But you cannot eat the same lunch everyday. High carbohydrates make me sleepy.
Posted by Tamarind, Coventry on Thursday, July 07, 2011
I have an ileostomy, diagnosed type 2 2010 but not on medication. I have no symptoms, glucose tolerance 6.5 consequently I have great difficulty understanding diabetes & the pitfalls, to ensure it does not develop would the dukan diet help me? If so how do I find out about it? I can't afford to do anything that might upset the ileostomy. Would appreciate advise from anyone with an ileostomy, thanks
Posted by cercor12, Cheshire on Sunday, May 29, 2011
I have found a low carb diet is the best way to manage my diabetes, contrary to my dietician's advice who would have me eating high carb diet. They are so closed minded even though I have proven that the low carb diet worked for me, I returned to normal b/g levels with the weight loss. That was three years ago and now I have fallen off the wagon and the weight has crept back up and the carb intake and all the cravings for carbs is back so I am starting my low carb lifestyle again today!!
Posted by aurorabucket, UK on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
With low carb diets such as Atkins you must read the books and instructions but I dieted before finding out that I was diabetic and Atkins was the best diet I ever did and now that I have been diagnosed diabetic due to acute pancreatitis which necessitated part being removed, I too thought I should have less carbohydrate and lessen the amount of insulin I would need. However, Atkins advocates going in to ketosis and diabetic experts don't like that, or at least they have told me it is bad. How then, do we burn off fat? I wonder if anyone can help?
Posted by Candi, Holbeach, Lincs on Sunday, February 06, 2011
I have been a type 1 diabetic for 30 years and have never been well controlled. I have always eaten a healthy diet but with my control not being perfect, often decided "well my blood sugars are not good, I may as well eat chocolate or drink a bottle of wine and I don't want to know what my blood sugars are so I won't test". Eventually it catches up with you. I now suffer diabetic complications but since being on Dr R Bernstein's low carb diet my blood sugars have never ever been so good and I don't suffer the terrible hunger I used to have but my diabetic doctor here freaks out that I don't eat rice, potatoes, bread or pasta and gets cross because I won't comply with his diabetic diet. It's about time we all stood up for what works for us not what the doctors and nurses with their training say is best for us. Fair enough if the high carb diet works for you but I bet there are loads of people out there who feel they are butting up against a brick wall trying to get their diabetic health care team to listen. Heather
Posted by heather carr , valencia spain on Friday, January 28, 2011
Hi, I am 44 and have been diagnosed with diabetes type II for the past 3 years, high blood pressure since I was in my mid 20's. Recently I was put on medication which caused me to gain 2 stones in weight. I saw the specialist at hospital and he changed my medication slightly and suggested (off the record) that I try a low carb diet (ie Atkins). The first two weeks (induction) was hell, much worse than giving up smoking, headaches, no energy etc, etc, I lost 22lbs in 2 weeks. Since then I have moved to stage 2, I still try to keep to 20 - 25g of net carbs per day, weight loss is much much slower but I can cope with it. More importantly my blood sugars have ranged when tested between 3.6 - 5.9 over the past 5 weeks, my blood pressure is also normal. We are what we eat, for me it is so true it is almost unbelieveable. My GP was not really supportive of Atkins, which I find remarkable, the lack of availability and price of low carb food needs to be addressed by those in positions of power but what with the pension crisis, dementia etc, do the Government want us all to live forever?
Posted by Mike Barlow, Stockport on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I have a strange form of type 1 diabetes (not auto-immune) since 12 months and have zero insulin production left. I have, in stark conflict with my diabetologist, followed a low carb diet since beeing released from hospital, after crashing with keto acidosis. Low carb means less than 30 grams of carb per 24 hours. My latest long term sugar was 5.3, I am checking again next week. The doctor has suggeted I might have been my cured from my diabetes as he cannot understand why my sugar is so low. Next time I am planning on bringing a croissant and eating it in front of him so he can see the +200 reading for himself. I am afraid he will try to stop prescribing insulin. I do strongly recommend all diabetics to inform themselves about the now well researched and documented link between high blood sugar and disability and eventually mortality. It is not the diabetes that will get you but your mismanagement of it, facilitated and encourgaged by the medical community. For easy to understand and accurate advice I recommend Dr Bernsteins book 'The Diabetes Solution' which is available in Europe via Amazon for example. Why is there such a mixed message out there? Because carbohydrates are cheap and long duration on the shop shelf? The food industry loves to cram more and more of it down your throat - it's addicitve. As they are often strongly influencing dietary advice via research grants and 'expert' panel positions, they influence the official advice too much. I work 50-60 hour work weeks and travel across the world. I bring the breakfast ration of low carb bread (9 grams). If long haul, I pack salad and meats as airplane food is the worst of the worst for the cost and storage reasons cited above. Act and take charge of your lives - fire you diatetes nurse or give her a lecture in nutrition!
Posted by Ann-Charlotte Lawyer, Luxembourg on Sunday, August 29, 2010
Can anyone tell me how many carbs constitute a low carb diet. I am type 1 and have always eaten pretty healthily. I know how many carbs I am eating as I count them to calculate insulin dosage, but I have no idea of what is considered normal, high or low.
Posted by maria b, Essex on Thursday, August 26, 2010
I had gestational Diabetes 3 years ago and followed the Diet guidance from NHS after giving birth to my son. But it didn't work for me. I put on weight and felt tired&hungry all the time. Then I found a book from library about Low Carb diet and Diabetes. I have been on Low Carb diet for 4 months ( plus Metformin x3 a day) and I have lost 2 kgs and I don't feel hungry all the time.
Posted by norayen, bathgate, west lothian on Friday, August 20, 2010
I am 'possibly' type 2. What I cannot get my head round is that half of medical science says High Carb and the other half says Low Carb - how do you know who to follow, and which is right?
Posted by John VIzer, W.Sussex on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have found the following comments very interesting. I was diagnosed with type 2 5 years ago and was put on insulin almost immediately. I always had a low carb diet before this point, my diabetes doctor and nurse insisted on a high carb diet which has nevert seemed right to me. As a result I am now approx 5 stone over weight and I am constantly having to increase my insulin dosages to match my weight increases. i feel positive about trying a low carb diet after reading other peoples comments. My only concern is knowing what amounts of carbs I should be taking?
Posted by Andy Brotherton, South Shields, Tyne and Wear on Sunday, June 06, 2010
I have Type 1 Diabetes and have 4x injections a day and was on 2x a day before that. I also have addisons disease (35, male) but have been put on a high protein low carb diet and haven't had such bad BMI in years. I'm getting really bored looking at eggs, bacon, sugar-free jelly and double cream - the type of foods that wouldnt help weight loss! How can I enjoy my grub!
Posted by GAZZA2012, Crieff Perth Scotland on Thursday, May 27, 2010
To all of you looking for a carb counter book, try one called - 'Beyond GI - Understanding Glycaemic Load' by Dr Fedon Alexander Lindberg. It lists most foods and their GI and GL and it explains how it works and why it is better for us diabetics. There are many other books, as I've found out. Dr Rob Thompson has done a lot in this area and written a few books. I was always told to eat a high carb diet by my diabetic nurse, but it just pushes the blood sugars up. Even brown bread has a high GI. My new diabetes diet regime has certainly worked for me. Good Luck!
Posted by Sue 32, North Wales on Monday, March 15, 2010
I have T2 diabetes and taking Byetta. I have changed my diet completely and now follow the GL plan. This lets me eat low carb veg and fruit but not too much starchy carbs like bread and potatoes. This change has helped me lose 2 stone since Christmas and my blood sugar readings between 4.1 and 6.1. My last HbA1c was 7.2...excellent for a diabetic I was told by my GP!!
Posted by Sue 32, North Wales on Monday, March 15, 2010
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2007 but none of my consultants have every said to me about going on a low carb diet to help me control my sugar levels, due to this my levels go from low to high, which I get headaches with. It's only from looking on the Internet that I have discovered this information. Up until yesterday I have always eaten lots of pasta, rice, bread and so on. Please can you advise me of some food that is low in carb or where I can get a carb counter book from?
Posted by julie, swindon on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I have been trying this for 7 weeks, I have lost some weight, 11 pounds, but I'm really sticking! My blood sugars are still high, I have now been given metaformin on top of my insulin, to try and combat my insulin resistance. I feel tired, lethargic and totally fed up! I don't eat meat, and wondered if my body wasn't coping with no starchy carbs! I know I'm getting side effects from the metaformin, as in headache, nausia, dizziness etc. I have been on them for 2 weeks now. I'm approx 5 stones overweight. It's ok if you have the time to prepare and EAT the veg, but I can see me faultering when I'm busy! I'm self employed in my shop and sometimes struggle to get enough time to eat carrot stick & celery! Can't say I have been hungry, just weak! I clicked onto the vegetarian diet link and read this - "A well-balanced vegetarian diet, with an emphasis on low fat, high fibres, and high carbohydrates can be particularly suitable for diabetic patients." A contradiction?
Posted by heypapatooni, Durham on Monday, February 22, 2010
I am trying to control my diabetes with diet low cal, but I also have Myeloma (cancer of the blood) I was wondering if thie chemo called Valcade that I am being treated with will effect the diabetes?
Posted by jasmin, norwich on Thursday, February 18, 2010
I have just been diagnosied with type 2 diabetes and I haven't a clue what I can eat.
Posted by jenny grundy, uk on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I can say for certain that a reduced carbohydrate diet works. I not only reduced my daily carb intake, but now also use low-GI/gl method of eating to help stabilise blood glucose. Many are put off a low-carb diet thinking that they cannot eat any carbs at all, this is not true, many of us still eat carbs as part of a well balanced diet, carbs are found in most everyday foodstuff that are both nutritious and fulfilling, it is more about balance and portion control. Reducing carbs, and following the low GI/gl approach to eating improves diabetes control overall, and is not a fad, but an eating plan for life.
Posted by noblehead, Cumbria on Sunday, January 24, 2010
I was diagonosed with type 2 before Christmas and am struggling to get my sugar levels down. I am tired all the time and have a thirst I cannot quench and each low carbs and fat all the time, I am losing weight which is good but even when I fasted my sugar levels are still very high. I started on 1 tab with breakfast and now take one with my evening meal and think I may have to take one at lunch too, if I cannot get my levels down does this mean I will have to start injecting or are there many different tabs to take before that?
Posted by Pammi2206, Manchester UK on Friday, January 22, 2010
I have also followed a low carb diet for 18 months and feel so much better with loads more energy. I am really interested when people say their BGs are in a range of 4-6 - does that mean their levels never peak at 7-8 at one hour?
Posted by mandy, cambridge on Friday, January 15, 2010
I am on a weight loss program, I just decided to be a moderate eater. I find that eating 3 moderate meals a day with fruit snacks in between results in weight loss. I eat either porridge , boiled eggs with a slice of wholemeal bread or boil in the bag kippers also with slice(medium) of wholemeal bread for breakfast salad sandwich or soup and a roll for lunch Low cal evening meal with fruit sugar free jelly and 0% greek yoghurt . As always I could do with support so would be pleased to communicate with anyone on the subject.
Posted by lordbrecon, wales UK on Thursday, January 14, 2010
Has anybody compiled a comprehensive list of low carb food items that I can use?
Posted by Habib, London on Monday, January 11, 2010
Unfortunately Reynor, this is Diabetes.co.uk which has NO connection with Diabetes UK, the charity I think you mean? We will still have to try and persuade them that there can be and there are alternative diabetes recipes that are also healthy!
Posted by cugila, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands on Sunday, December 27, 2009
I was diagnosed with type 2 in March this year and had to go on to metformin immediately. This, and the recommended NHS diet seemed to work until August when my readings started to rise alarmingly, I am now also on Gliclazide (1/2 tablet in the morning) which doesn't seem to be having any effect. If I dont eat carbs my readings are good - but if I eat carbs they are very high and take ages to come down. I have always been slim, but have lost a stone when first diagnosed and would like to put at least 1/2 stone back on as I am now a size 6 which isn't me. I would definately like to try a diet with no carbs or very low carbs and welcome some ideas on what to eat and also put on weight.
Posted by Jan Bailey, Birmingham on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have had T2 for many years and for many years I have been advocating a low carb diet.I have suffered much comment from nurses, doctors and dietitians who seemed to think that this was the wrong way to control the BGs. Now I see a change and the low carb diet is gaining credence.
Posted by Keentishman, East Kent on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Barry Groves book titled 'Trick & Treat' says it all and agrees with all the above. I control my diabetes by having only 60/80gms of carbs a day. It actually works. We all know that once you're on medication that's it. My daughter's a pharmacologist in internal medicine research and says that the reason new drugs are invented is because the masses do not take control of their own conditions and therefore drugs have to be invented to deal with their lack of discipline. Diabetes can be controlled but the patient has to help himself and the correct diet is not the one the government and the GP's tell us all to follow. Please whoever reads this get a Barry Groves Trick & Treat book and see what sense he makes! The best Christmas present you will ever have. Happy Christmas and low readings to you all. Mary Edwards
Posted by Mary Edwards, Chudleigh, Devon on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I support all attempts to shed the light of reason onto this area. I have been low carbing for around a year and normalised my blood sugar levels with no medication. Also as a vegetarian it is quite possible to low carb without resorting to meat and fish.
Posted by Moogie1947, Surryey, UK on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I was diagnosed this time last year with type 2 diabetes and did a lot of research. The low carb diet works for me and my diabetes. I have lost 2 stone, blood pressure has gone from high to low-ish and my blood sugar is in the 4.5 - 6.5 range and occasionaly higher. I also started aqua aerobics. Now I am fitter than I have been for years and I don't drop off to sleep all the time - no meds either!
Posted by maisiesgranny, crawley on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have followed a low carb diet for about 9 months now and discovered that any form of wheat makes my readings rise alarmingly. Therefore no flour, bread, pasta cakes etc. Rice also affects me. I found some rye crispbreads in LIDL which are 6 calories each and I have not noticed any reaction. I originally followed the diabetes dietician's advice and readings just kept rising so I did my own research and now I am almost always under 6-7.
Posted by Hazel Fry, Wales on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Good to see that our charity is at last seeming to take low-carbing seriously and encouraging informed discussion. I lost all faith in NHS dietary guidance for Type 2's when I found that measuring BG before and after food strongly informed me of the bad effect on my system. I am sure that I am not the only one to feel this way.
Posted by Reynor, Cambridge on Monday, December 07, 2009
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