Carbs

JueB

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Hi , can anyone tell me how many carbs I should be looking for on packaging per 100g. I’m newly diagnosed , BG still very high.
 

silentsquirrel

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Type 2
It depends!! Annoying, but true.

I see from your earlier post that there is a possibility you are Type 1, but not given insulin, so it would be safer to minimise carbs as much as you can at the moment.

How many carbs per 100g needs to be considered along with the likely portion size - eg mustard is quite high carb, but you would use such a tiny amount by weight that it really does not matter.

Perhaps aim for a maximum total carb of 20 to 30 grams per meal until you have a firm diagnosis, or insulin to cover your carbs.

Keep testing, and keep in touch with your diabetic nurse - ask anout insulin as @Inca
advised.
 

SB2015

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Type 1
Good morning @JueB

As others have said with no firm diagnosis at present it would help to keep your carbs lower, since you do not have insulin to cover them.

The labelling on packets is very confusing at times. The more you learn on this the better, so just start to use the info to work out the carbs in each meal, and aim for a fixed target. For example we aim for 30g of carbs per meal. We allow 20 g from rice or potatoes and the rest comes from other veg. The potions looked tiny when we first did this but we are now used to it. We used the info on the packets to work out how much rice would give us our 20g of carbs, and this varies depending on the type of rice. We made a note of this on the packet or jar, and then used that next time. For other veg we have a list of the amount of carbs per 100g either from packs or from googling ‘carbs in ....’

Keep in touch with your diabetes team.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Type 1
I really think you need to be following up with your GP about the possibility of being LADA or T1 @JueB

If your pancreas isn’t producing much insulin any more, cutting carbs just isn’t going to be enough. And your weight loss and ketones should be red flags for further investigation.
 

JueB

Active Member
I really think you need to be following up with your GP about the possibility of being LADA or T1 @JueB

If your pancreas isn’t producing much insulin any more, cutting carbs just isn’t going to be enough. And your weight loss and ketones should be red flags for further investigation.
i am awaiting Blood test Results which will hopefully determine which type I am . After speaking to my diabetic nurse she thinks I am more type 1. I started Gliclazide this morning , before breakfast my BG was 11, 2 hours later it was 18. Before lunch it was down to 8 , take it that’s the Gliclazide that’s done that . If my pancreas is unable to produce insulin (type 1) would the Gliclazide of reduced my BG ?
 

rebrascora

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Type 1
The pancreas doesn't run totally dry of insulin all at once in Type 1 and certainly not LADA. The Beta cells which produce insulin are slowly killed off but they can limp along for several weeks, months or even years trying to keep you ticking over until they gradually fail. I have read that even Type 1s who have been diagnosed for years may still have a few Beta cells left limping along. There is certainly a honey moon period many people experience after starting on insulin where things are very unpredictable because your body is still producing some and for me there was a notable step up in insulin requirement about 6 months after I was diagnosed.
Gliclazide works by stimulating those remaining Beta cells to work a little harder if they are able, but that drop in BG may just be down to them managing to trickle the little out that they are already struggling to produce rather than any increased production from the Gliclzide.
What did you have for breakfast?
 

JueB

Active Member
You can probably tell this is all so new to me , I’m trying to learn as much as I can but really haven’t got a clue .
 

rebrascora

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Type 1
I would recommend you try an omelette tomorrow with whatever filling you fancy (cheese and onions or mushrooms or ham and tomato etc) but not bread or some creamy Greek Natural Yoghurt with a few berries and mixed seeds rather than something as carb rich as Weetabix.
I don't know if they need to develop cultures for the tests which takes time or if it is just the processing system but there is clearly some scientific reason why that particular test takes so long. It is a standard amount of time. One of the tests comes back quite quickly and I can't remember which of the two, but it was border line for me and the second test was the one which confirmed I was Type 1 and it took several weeks for that.
 

trophywench

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Type 1
Not every NHS Lab is able to do the actual tests required for both GAD65 Antibodies and C-Peptide, so it takes time to get the results for those. I forget which is the slower, now but anyway in the past the only place doing one of the tests was Exeter Uni Hospital lab. It is now more but which ones? Clueless.
 
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