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Type 2 How Much Carbohydrate A Day?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by azad1983, Jun 8, 2018.

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  1. azad1983

    azad1983 Type 2 · Member

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    I know this may sound odd but as an average 35 years old male with type 2 diabetes how much carbohydrate is essential?
    After cutting down my carbohydrate intake from my daily diet, I feel very dizzy and fatigue.

    Any advice, please?
     
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    AtkinsMo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    You feel dizzy and fatigued, very likely, due to dehydration. (this used to be called Atkins flu). When you cut carbs very low it is a natural diuretic, you pee more and excrete more Sodium. So you need to make sure that you increase your Sodium intake and up your fluids. Easiest way is to drink a cup of stock, home made is best but a stock cube will do.

    I aim for 20g carbs a day, virtually all from green leafy veg and salad. And I’m the healthiest I’ve been in decades.
     
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  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    The answer is no carbohydrate is essential! However if you have dropped carbs drastically you may be suffering ‘carb flu’, not real flu but your body is protesting at a sudden drop in carbs. When I first started low carbing I started at around 100g/day, after six weeks I dropped to between 50-70/day. I escaped carb flu. These days I eat between 40-60g/day.
     
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  4. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Carbs aren't essential, but are you sure you're eating enough? Eating less carbs means you have to eat more from other food groups, otherwise you're basically starving yourself.
     
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  5. There is no Spoon

    There is no Spoon I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It last about 2 weeks then you should be good. ;)
    :bag:
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. No carbs are essential but having enough of the other food groups i.e. proteins, fats, veg and fruit is important.
     
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    catinahat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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