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Diet confusion..

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Nicko2K, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Nicko2K

    Nicko2K Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi I'm a type 1, and although I'm managing to keep my bloods in good order, i don't really have a clue about diet, or how certain foods will effect me in the long run. I have not had the offer of even seeing a dietitian so any help would be great!

    At the moment I'm basically eating what i want, and just bolusing for the required amount of carbs. I have not set a limit on carb intake, nor do i avoid certain foods. Right or wrong am really confused?! :-/

    Type 1 Diabetic: (Novorapid/Levemir) Diagnosed 2014: Extremely handsome: Always smiling :)
     
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    debbiiee · Well-Known Member

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    As long as u bolus correctly without spikes, its alright. But eating anything & bolusing much insulin may lead to weight gain(insulin is a fat storing hormone) , that in turn results in increased insulin need. Its a vicious cycle. Most carb rich foods will cause a spike at 1 hr, test with ur meter and avoid foods that are causing these spikes.
    Good luck:)

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    jack412 Type 2 · Expert

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    if you have fat with the carb it delays digestion, the 'pizza effect' can take 3-4hr
    if you want to work with your weight, you adjust the amount of carbs you eat either up or down. which alters the amount of bolus. LCHF T1 say they have less hypo too
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
    this free prog is worth having to count carbs
    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
    have you still got your workbook? there are a few you can download off the net
    http://www.diabetesinscotland.org.uk/Publications/9226%20Carbohydrate%20Counting%20the%20Next%20Steps.pdf
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    If your bloods are in good order then there's no need to change things, however if your eating all the wrong foods then you may want to look at your diet more closely.

    Basically there's no particular diet for type 1's as it's just the same as for those who don't have diabetes, the Mediterranean Diet is a well balanced diet and you wouldn't go far wrong if you followed that example, however it's always best to have some restraint when it comes to the carbs on your plate but by how much is an individual choice, I eat on average around 180g of carbs a day which suits me fine, some are lower some are higher.
     
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  5. Nicko2K

    Nicko2K Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the information people, cleared that up quickly! :) :) :)

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    Nicko2K Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hang on heh.. Whats the exact definition of a spike? The diabetic nurse i see told me to expect a rise after eating and not to worry about it :-/ aslong as readings were back to target zone 2hrs after eating. And not to test before 2hrs had elapsed. So is this a lazy way of dealing with BG levels?!

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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    There's a good explanation in the following with advice on how to prevent postprandial spikes:

    http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/high-blood-glucose/strike-the-spike-ii/all/

    To convert mg/dl to mmol/l use the following conversion table:

    http://www.soc-bdr.org/rds/authors/...version_glucose_mg_dl_to_mmol_l/index_en.html
     
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    Nicko2K Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow thanks good read. My hba1c going to be through the roof! Again :-(

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