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Diabeties v fibre

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by Pamstrachan, Mar 31, 2021.

  1. Pamstrachan

    Pamstrachan · Member

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    I aim for between 70 - 100 gms of carbs a day, but this leaves me too low in fibre.

    Any increase in fibre seems to result in being too high in carbs.

    Is there a solution.

    Diagnosed pre diabetic a year ago.
     
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  2. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hmm, lots and lots of green salad type stuff - lettuce, cabbage, spinach etc?
     
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  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Where do you get your fibre "requirement" figure from and how much does it suggest you require?
     
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  4. Pamstrachan

    Pamstrachan · Member

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    I use nutracheck app to measure food. On a low carb diet of 115gm per day, they recommend 24g of fibre. I have been getting 10g or less. Amazing how few grams come from fruit and veg. Rye bread, all bran and pulses better.
    Also similar fibre info on about 3 health websites.
    Started to look at fibre as my bowels, which used to be regular are so not working. Pretty sure due to lack of fibre.
     
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  5. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    If you have cut carbs significantly it's far more likely to be a case of "less rubbish in less rubbish out"...

    Rather than "not working" you may be experiencing the lack of need to "go" every day.

    There are no essential dietary carbs so there isn't really any essential dietary fibre.

    I get by ok on almost zero fibre.
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    I'm fairly low carb (less than 100g per day) and seem to have plenty of fibre in my diet (more likely to to be the opposite) so I suspect that the amount needed is very very variable. However, if you are constipated (yes, I'm not afraid to use the c word) I guess you need more.
     
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  7. Pamstrachan

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    Thanks for your comments.
    Its weird, not constipated, but not happening- so maybe it is less rubbish in, less rubbish out.
    By chance, just been to my good for something else, but mentioned it. She says carbs v fibre us a trade off, but didn't discuss zero of both. Interesting.
    Under 50gms of carbs, I get terrible headaches.
    So bloody complicated.
     
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  8. Pamstrachan

    Pamstrachan · Member

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    Thank you both for your help.
     
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    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    try upping the amount of seeds in your diet.
    I add 2-3 tablespoons to natural yoghurt to be a sort of cereal/porridge substitute
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Do you get enough fluids and electrolytes when you reduce carbs?. Carbs hold water which holds electrolytes. Reduce carbs you need more of the others. Headaches are a common side effect of these deficits, along with constipation.
     
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  11. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    TMI?
    I tend to get constipated due to the side effects of one of the prescription painkillers I take. Eating green vegs is not enough so I aim to get enough fibre, fat and liquid to avoid this.
    I have a flaxseed porridge for breakfast - with added chia seed and nuts plus a little oatbran and coconut milk. About 15g of carbs, and with a coffee this is usually my highest carb meal of the day.
    As I now longer have a gallbladder I also find that extra fat in a meal goes through unprocessed so oil/butter/cream all help (I used to eat very little fat for years post op due to the issues it caused me).
    On bad days, ie extra painkillers, I add 1-2 sweets or a low carb biscuit that contain maltitol later in the day!
     
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    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Try flaxseed - I have it with my Greek yoghurt for breakfast.
     
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    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Psyllium husk will clean things out, without raising BG.
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    Chia seeds are good :)
     
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    I have a maximum of 90 gms a of carbs a day but no problems with constipation. However my carbs are mostly made up of nuts, seeds and vegetables. I very rarely eat any obvious carbs, rice, pasta, for etc., I drink lots of tea and coffee, soya milk in coffee, dash of normal milk in tea.
     
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  17. Pamstrachan

    Pamstrachan · Member

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    Omg! This was so helpful.

    I was worried that the change in my bowels was due to lower fibre than I have been used to.
    Looks like the changes are fine and nothing to worry about.
    You have just saved me from a life of eating All Bran. Its going in the bucket. Hooray!
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    No problem. I function on pretty close to zero fibre. Water and electrolytes keep things moving!
     
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  19. Pamstrachan

    Pamstrachan · Member

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    Ah! I hadn't thought about electrolytes. I have suffered from lack of them before.
    Thank you.
     
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  20. Pamstrachan

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    I think you're assessment is correct. Thank you. I am going to stop trying to increase fibre and stop worrying about it.
     
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