When it comes to carb counting there is no such thing as a pro. There is no master’s degree or PhD in Carbohydrate Science at any major university. However, when it comes to keeping blood glucose levels in control, carbohydrate counting works better than any other system. Better than counting calories. Better than avoiding sugar. And certainly better than the exchange system.
Carbohydrate is what raises blood glucose level abruptly after meals. Counting and managing the amount of carbohydrate in your diet has important benefits, especially for those diabetics who are insulin dependent. Carbohydrate counting allows you to match doses of mealtime rapid-acting insulin to the foods you eat. This allows for almost unlimited dietary flexibility and helps to prevent post-meal highs and lows.
If you control your diabetes with diet and exercise, pills, or just one or two insulin injections a day, you can also use carbohydrate counting to improve your control. Researchers at the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences in Galveston found that consistent carbohydrate intake in people with Type 2 diabetes leads to improvements in blood glucose control, whether or not a person also loses weight. In their study, people who ate consistent amounts of carbohydrate at regular intervals lowered their average blood glucose by 55 mg/dl, and lowered their average HbA1c from 8.8% to 6.9%. (Gary Scheiner)
Registered Dietitians (RDs) who are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) take great pride in helping people with diabetes learn to count carbohydrates. Maryanne Kesting will be at the Women’s health & Fitness Expo hosting a workshop entitled; Diabetes Academy: Carb Counting Practical Tips. This “Diabetes Academy” will cover basic meal planning and carb counting. Information on how to use the Nutritional Facts Label will be discussed, as well as practical tips on healthy eating, portion sizes, and tips for dining out with diabetes.
Maryanne has been dedicated to improving the health and lives of persons living with diabetes for over 25 years. She is currently working with Novo Nordisk’s Diabetes Education Program to reach out and educate communities, medical practices, and their staff on topics that will help patients with diabetes achieve the most desirable health outcomes.
This information will be vital not only for those who have diabetes but for their families as well. Come to the expo and take part of this great workshop that may help change your life.
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE. Counting Carbohydrates Like a Pro. 13 march 2014. <http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/meal-planning/counting-carbohydrates-like-a-pro/>.