by Chaul22 - blood sugar, food and type 1

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   Posted 7/7/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Chaul22 writes, "Rice is a no-no?

When I was diagnosed with type 1, I had a blood glucose level of 20+, but that's in different units mind you and I hadn't even eaten much. I guess for type 2's it's a little different and more subtle. I can't even dream of keeping the blood glucose in the target area constantly. I'm lucky if I can keep it under 10 after a meal."

Lanie G
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   Posted 7/7/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Chaul, I took your post from the other thread and created your own because this is about you.
I think I had suggested before that you get a copy of Diabetes Solution by Richard Bernstein, MD.  Bernstein is a type 1 himself and this book is a very complete source for all type diabetics about blood sugar control, meds and diet with clear explanations of how they all work together.
Yes, if you're serious about having control of your own blood sugar, rice is a no-no.  Actually I'm surprised that you are surprised since you've been type 1 for how long?  confused
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   Posted 7/8/2010 2:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I didn't get to ordering that book just yet. I've had a flu that lasted a month. I've been ok for a week or so now but I still cough a little.

I've been type 1 for 21-22 years. Nutritional therapists never told me specifically not to eat something. They never specifically banned sugar either, but these days I just don't like sweet foods so I don't eat any anyways unless it's hidden. I was adviced to balance a meal with lots of vegetables and guided on what to eat how much to eat in terms of grams of carbohydrates. I don't have any real complications yet. I weigh around 75kg at 177cm. My condition is monitored closely by annual examinations and two or three visits to the doctor per year. Hba1C is average but could be lower.

I can't see how rice is different from potatoes but I guess that's in the book. Potatoes to my understanding are rich in carbs, but rice does not necessarily have quite that much, does it. I eat roughly 2 potatoes on practically every meal, and rice maybe a few times a month at most. If we are talking about glycemic index, that also varies between rice types, I think. What I'm hearing in general is that at least whole rice is a "healthy diet food".. However, the local restaurants near work are almost all indian or chinese, so I get to eat rice a few times more a month than before.
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