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I'm diabetic. Got my a1c. Checked its at a 9 so i'm trying to cut out carbs and sugar how many carbs per day should I have ?

I'm diabetic. Got my a1c. Checked its at a 9 so i'm trying to cut out carbs and sugar how many carbs per day should I have ?

Listen to your body: The easiest way to control diabetes is to avoid carbs that turn quickly into sugar like sugar, sweet fruit, processed grains, and alcohol and to use instead vegetables and beans that require more digestion and contain fiber as well. If each of 6 small meals has these good carbs, a little high quality protein, and good fats and if one moves for 10 minute each time one eats hga1c will drop. ...Read more

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How bad is it if a diabetic had high blood sugar for one hour per day ?

A1c: Hi. Your A1c will answer the question. A1c is the means of predicting risk of all chronic diabetic complications (eye, kidney, nerve, heart attack, stroke, PAD). A high BG does not predict risk. A1c ...Read more

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T1 diabetic with good sugar control. What is the max amount of water you should drink per day ? Been drinking about a gallon per day to stay healthy.

T1 diabetic with good sugar control. What is the max amount of water you should drink per day ? Been drinking about a gallon per day to stay healthy.

Water intake: Hi. There is a lot of opinion stated as fact regarding water intake. Most of everything you drink is water (juice, milk, beer, soda, whatever; exception-distilled liquor). As a type 1, you should avoid sweet drinks unless you're treating a low. Drink enough to not be dehydrated! Varies with ambient temp, humidity, and activity level. Try to keep urine clear to light; darker urine = need more H2O. ...Read more

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Eating 200 or more grams of sugar in one day if at healthy weight dangerous of diabetes?

Eating 200 or more grams of sugar in one day if at healthy weight dangerous of diabetes?

Yes: Having that much sugar stresses your pancreas, causing it to secrete large amounts of insulin, leading to Insulin resistance and starts you down the road to diabetes. Doing this once won't cause diabetes but doing it even once in a great while is not good for you and will definitely increase risk of diabetes. Sugar is toxic! and it's even worse if it's from high fructose corn syrup or gmo beets! ...Read more

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Was wondering how much sugar should I have per day if I am at risk of diabetes?

Was wondering how much sugar should I have per day if I am at risk of diabetes?

Range: It is recommend the average adult eat about 60 gm of carbs (sugar) with each meal, larger people or men may sometimes eat up to 75 gm carb per meal and smaller people or those trying to do low carb 45gm of carb per meal. ...Read more

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I'm taking 50 mg per day of metformin for type 2 diabetes. My after meal blood sugar levels are sometimes between 190-210. Is that a problem?

I'm taking 50 mg per day of metformin for type 2 diabetes. My after meal blood sugar levels are sometimes between 190-210. Is that a problem?

Yes: You probably mean 500 mg per day, as it does not come in 50mg pills. This is a very low dose of metformin. Also, it depends how long after your meal you are measuring your blood sugar. Typically we like to use the 2 hour post-meal blood sugar. If your 2 hour post-meal blood sugar is 200, that is too high and you do need to address it with your doctor to work on getting that lower. ...Read more

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What can cause severe thirst (7-10 liters per day) other than diabetes insipidus without diabetes mellitus (normal blood sugar)?

What can cause severe thirst (7-10 liters per day) other than diabetes insipidus without diabetes mellitus (normal blood sugar)?

Polydipsia ? etiolog: Psycogenic polydpsia can cause this but other physiologic causes must be ruled out by basic chemistries. You should see your PCP for blood work. ...Read more

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