Just curious, how many carbs a day does everyone consumes? I have been doing low carb and I had a friend tell me they were concerned, stating this could cause dka, is this true?

38 Answers

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I found that the ADA carbs per meal recommendations to be too high for me. I try to limit my carbs to about 75g (five servings) a day. I also follow the "Whites Out" plan: no white flour; no white sugar; no white potatoes; no white rice; no white bread; no regular pasta. I also cut back on artificial sweeteners.

metzga
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I follow that too, except the artificial sweeteners


i.olivier
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Low carb is not going to cause DKA. Not taking your insulin will cause DKA. Check your blood sugar before every meal and 1 hour post meal. If your blood sugar is to high take a little more insulin. Read books and see a dietitian.


metzga
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I feel the same way that the recommendations are too high or me too!


morcos
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I keep it to maybe 75 a day? Not sure where your friend gets DKA from low carbing.

metzga
Answered 9 months ago    reply

He is following the new fad - keto diet. I know it's not new

vallone
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Ketosis and ketoacidosis are not the same thing. As long as you have enough insulin, you will not go into ketoacidosis.

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Metzga I cannot go that low on carbs. I do like some Keto recipes, Paleo too. But I find both plans to be too extreme for me.

metzga
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Taub since getting my dexcom in April I am getting my sugar levels more in the normal range, which has caused me to put on a few pounds. I can't seem to get off, so I reduced my carbs to about 60-70 per day, hoping to lose, but over a month and nothing!

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Metzga I am a T2 with bedtime Lantus insulin. I lose weight at a snail's pace. I've been going to the gym four or Five days a week. Exercise has helped a bit, and it certainly has increased my stamina

metzga
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I am T1 dexcom, no pump, just injections

s
Answered 9 months ago    reply

What are you eating yo keep it to 75 a day.

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Seybert I follow the "White Out" plan: no white sugar; no white flour; no white rice; no white potatoes; no white bread; no regular pasta; cut back on artificial sweeteners. Fruit: a variety of berries and small apples. I limit fruit to two a day. Pretty much everything else is on the table.

n
Answered 9 months ago    reply

When you count your carbs, do you include carbs from vegetables?


h
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I'm averaging 65 g/day. Gradually pushed it down over the last couple months from about twice that and not surprisingly seeing some much better results. (T1 on insulin pump and Dexcom).

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I am a T2 on bedtime Lantus insulin as my only diabetes medication.


nuccio98
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Hell I probably eat more than most of you in one meal. Regardless, DKA is way different than ketosis. Your friend is likely just mistaken the two words for the same thing. Take insulin, no DKA; don't, die. It's a simple formula.


wassenaar
Answered 9 months ago    reply

T2, when I'm healthy and taking the proper care of MY diabetes I stay around 30 but that's just what I've found works for me by testing multiple times a day


p.90
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Ummmm....sometimes I eat more carbs in a snack than some people here eat all day

janetta
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Me too!


jurgensmeyer75
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Low carb causes ketosis, not DKA


stang
Answered 9 months ago    reply

What is the suggested carb amount per meal?

661
Answered 9 months ago    reply

The ADA suggests between 30-60, with a minimum of 30.


toxey
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do around 100-120 grams of carbs a day. Most of it comes from Sorghum or Pearl millet flour. Some from lentils, veggies and fruit. I SBGM around 8-10 time a day and mostly my levels range from 100 - 180 mg/dL

toxey
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Metzga being in a state of mild ketosis is not the same as DKA. DKA occurs when there is large or very large amounts of ketones present and you are unaware of their presence. In such conditions we may not take enough insulin to utilise the simpler form of carbs which is glucose as energy for the body. Think of insulin as the key that opens up the cells to receive this energy from glucose. In the absence of insulin we start to utilise fat as a source of energy instead of glucose. Fat is a more energy rich source of energy than carbs (glucose). A gram of fat is 9 calories while a gram of carb is 4 calories but the by product of burning fat is ketones. When present in large amounts for a period of time (12-24 hours) ketones start changing the biochemistry of your blood and that's when the danger is real.


661
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do 25 per meal and 15 each snack. I have noticed that this keeps my bs between 100-120. And I love Christel's recipes. I'm a T2, diagnosed in July, no insulin, only Metformin.


kinzig14
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I eat around 75 to 100 per day - with net being around 50-75. (about 20 breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks of about 10 each) Type 2, Metformin and Januvia. I do not make enough insulin according to my Dr. When doing strenuous exercise I increase the carbs due to liver dumps if I drop to low and then I spike. Test - test - test and see what works for you


brummitt
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I try to stay between 45-100/day. Some days it's more & some less.


65
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I follow ADA 45g max per meal and it's been working well for me. I avoid the no-carb meals as I find that my blood sugar will dip to 70 or just under without carbs and I'm not on insulin. (T2). I had a bg of 75 last week after not having breakfast on time.


58
Answered 9 months ago    reply

As a newbie (T2 diagnosed in August), I had the same question and went to a diabetes dietician. I was trying to stay under 100 carbs a day and she said that was not enough for me. I should be getting 135-165. I now add a few carbs to each meal (try to do the good carbs!) since then my BSL have leveled out without so many spikes. She was very helpful in helping me plan for my crazy schedule where I often don’t get meals during the day.


miskelly
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My carb intake varies from day to day, some days I may have eggs for breakfast while the next day I may have whole grain waffle. Regardless I stay away from the so called bad stuff: rice, potato, flour, regular pasta because they do a number on me!


pellegrin87
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I allow 70-75 g of carbs per meal. Most of the time I fall under that number especially at supper.

t.74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

5 servings of carbs in one meal? I guess men can consume more carbs....? My bs would be in the stratosphere

pellegrin87
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Yes men are supposed to have more carbs than women. I count carbs, exercise and take my men's and it seems to be working with A1C at 5.8


hamett
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I try to stay around 100ish. Between walking 4-5 miles a day 4-5 days a week, watching my carbs and taking 500mg Metformin, I’ve lost 30 pounds. I’m down to 160 and for my body size and height, that’s getting thin.

pellegrin87
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I was 253 when I was diagnosed two years ago. Within less than a year I had lost down to 187. That’s was too much weight loss for me so I had to figure out how to gain back without raising my blood sugar. I’m back at 220 now. I’m fluctuating between 215-220 and that’s where I want to stay. Diabetes is a daily challenge


lulow12
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I eat about 50 grams per meal so I end up getting to around 150 a day. I do intense work outs multiple times a week and need the energy. My body does better with a normal carb intake.

lulow12
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I also don't think going low carb (under 70) would get you into dka. That's a little extreme.


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