Re: husband 41 yrs diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, how many carbs
I recently was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes also. My doc suggests 2-3 eggs or 5 oz. of cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt for breakfast, 5 oz. of lean meat and 2 cups of low glycemic vegetables (i.e. not potatoes) for lunch and dinner, and protein shakes with a piece of fruit (no bananas, which are high in sugar, though) in-between meals. Lots of small meals keep your blood sugar steady. As for starches, she allows a VERY small amount with lunch and dinner -- like 3 Melba toast crackers or OCCASIONAL brown rice or 1/2 corn tortilla. I cheat and eat a bit more than that, though, and do okay (my numbers are better than your hubbie's though, and I have never had sugar in my urine). But two slices of bread for a sandwich or mashed potatoes are likely to be too much.
Use the glycemic index of foods (how fast they turn into simple sugars after eaten). The lower the numbers the better (under 55 is best; certainly stay under 70). Fruits are not as high as you'd think -- just keep to small amounts at a time and eat with a protein. Sweet potatoes are lower glycemically than regular potatoes, surprisingly, but they may still be too high for him. Certainly if he does have some, don't add any extra sweetener! Adding a fat, like butter or sour cream, will also help carbs be digested more slowly, but you also want to watch the calories because losing weight, if overweight, will help lower blood sugar too.
I like the Boost Glucose Control chocolate drink -- good stuff! Also, exercise will make him more sensitive to insulin, and therefore lower his blood sugar. My doc said to walk for 20-30 min. twice a day! (After breakfast and dinner)
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