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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last month.  I’m having difficulty understanding how many carbs and sugar I can have each day.  I’m finding that nearly everything contains carbs and sugar!  Can you help me with this?

Answer: It can be difficult understanding how carbs and sugar affect your body when you have type 2 diabetes, and how much of these you should eat.  I would suggest refering to my previous blog to learn how to find a diabetes educator in your area.  Meeting with an educator will help you develop a personalized plan to determine the ideal amount of carbohydrates for your body and the distribution of these throughout the day.

Until you have a chance to meet with an educator, I would suggest focusing on the composition of your meal rather than how many carbohydrates you eat.  Imagine your plate is divided into four equal sections.  Fill one section with vegetables, one with fruit, one with a protein source and one with a bread/rice/pasta.  Following this will help keep your blood sugars near the ideal range and will assure your body gets the nutrients it needs.

If having a snack between meals,  read the labels and choose items with  <30 g carbohydrate.  Choose items that have whole grains, fiber and <5g sugar.  Some suggestions include fruit, yogurt, sugar free ice cream or jello, whole wheat crackers and granola.

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I am trying to find a class for our grandson.  He is 19 and has a part-time job but no insurance.  He just found out last week that he has type 1 diabetes after losing a lot of weight and his blood sugar was 523.  He is on insulin but needs to go to a class to manage his diabetes without going hungry.  Where do we start?  Any suggestions would help us a lot.

Answer: Begin by calling the facility that diagnosed him.  Often times, they will either provide education services or refer you to another facility.  If you find this does not work, visit the American Association of Diabetes Educators website to find an educator in your area.

In the mean time, take a look at the American Diabetes Association website at to learn more.  This is a great website for basic information, potential complications, tips for parents (grandparents too),  recipes and more.

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