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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by angie_mia, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. angie_mia

    angie_mia Type 2 · Newbie

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    well everyone seems to loose waight by cutting down on carbs, can someone give me some advice on wot carbs I should and should not eat, I have had no help from my diabetic doctor only cut out potatoes, pasta, grapes and bananas oh and keep of the salt, I must be the one who sliped through the net on getting any advice on wot I can or cant eat, thanks
  2. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest

    I'll tag @daisy1 to give you some basic information that will help with your food choices.
    Ask any questions you need to and tell us a bit about how you are managing at the moment.
    Do you test your blood sugars?
  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Just one word of advice. If you cut your carbs right down you must not cut down on the salt. A low carb diet increases the excretion of sodium (salt) by the kidneys. If you don't ensure adequate salt intake you may get headaches, fatigue and constipation. You must also ensure you take in lots of fluids. Water is by far the best.

    Your doctor was correct in telling you to cut out or reduce portions of potatoes, pasta, grapes and bananas. You can add rice, cereals and bread to this list, in addition to the sugary stuff.

    One useful thread that may help you is this one.

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  4. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Carbs are contained in sugar and flour mostly, then comes potatoes and rice. Not all potatoes affect everyone and rice can always be in reduced quantity. You can always Google "carbs in <name the food>.

    Watch out for fizzy drinks and mystery foods with flour and sugar in like goujons, dippers, nuggets, kievs, fingers and cakes.

    Apart from that, enjoy yourself.
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  5. Cloudlesssky

    Cloudlesssky Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,
    You didn't miss out on advice.
    I'm sure most of us here would agree that the advice was somewhat minimal.
    This is a really good site to get some great info and support.
    Everyone here has real life experience, but none of us would claim to give medical advice.
    Start by reducing your sugars and those carbs your doctor suggested.
    Drink enough in this hot weather and try to take an extra walk or two.
    Take care,
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  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. It provides a lot of information about carbs. Ask more questions and someone will be able to help.


    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find over 150,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates

    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to bloodglucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
  7. Mazzer

    Mazzer Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Angie mia, welcome to the Forum, great place to come for advice, most of us have had little or no advice from our doctors. Have a good read and ask questions.

    Good luck

  8. SueB743

    SueB743 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome. You have found the right place for guidance from those best placed to know what works, the members who have tested and succeeded in finding the right foods. The food section will help with ideas and recipes so worth having a good look around
  9. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. The amount of carbs you need to eat to lose weight varies from person to person so if you cut down on the obvious carbs first and see how you go.
  10. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I agree with Bluetit about the salt. There is only a problem for people who use excessive salt. I know someone who puts half a salt cellar on her lunch. She has stents in her arteries.

    Salt is an essential food and the current recommendation is have up to 6 gms per day. Unless you take it by the shovelful you needn't worry about it.
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