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  1. slpugh says:

    Thank you for your helpful responses. Because I am poor, I have to get medical care from a clinic. Luckily, I am an educated person so I know how to seek information that supplements the care I receive. My caregivers are caring people, but don’t know how to respond to someone who is more knowledgeable about nutrition and anatomy. So, I am on my own figuring out diet and what life changes work for me. The poor really do get less care than they deserve. Sadly, we tend to stereotype them instead of seeing them as individuals.

  2. Hi. I follow a vegan RD on twitter and she recommends the American Dietetic Association to find vegan nutritional support eatright.org. She says many do online or phone support if there is no one in your area. Maybe some will also have diabetes expertise. I hope this will help…

  3. slpugh says:

    I was a vegan until my recent diagnosis. I have read numerous articles and settled on ketonic diet with some modifications. Namely including soy milk, eggs, and sardines in my diet. I have found that less than 80 carbs a day is working for me.

  4. Margot moderator says:

    Thank you for sharing @slpugh! Glad to hear you are feeling better. We always recommend speaking with one’s doctor before diet changes as people can react differently! It is wonderful to hear that you have found a way to feel better. Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

  5. slpugh says:

    I saw a dietician who was uninterested in my vegan diet, didn’t know how to add more protein without beans or lentils, and handed me an exchange sheet. Honestly, I have received no help being meat and dairy free. The doctor and the pharmacist, diabetes overseer, don’t know what to tell me. I am very unhappy with my care.

  6. Margot moderator says:

    I’m sorry to hear this @slpugh that must be frustrating. Have you tried to find other doctors or dietitians who may be more responsive and helpful with your vegan diet? We are thinking of you. I hope you can find a care team that you feel really can help you. This article may help though you may be familiar with its contents already! https://type2diabetes.com/nutrition/vegan-diet/ Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

  7. This a great question! Every persons tolerance to carbohydrates is different. A one person responds to a certain amount of carbs (or certain food with carbs) may be entirely different that another person. Just as Kelly Dabel has mentioned, speak with you doctor, dietitian, and/or diabetes educator for a more specific carb recommendation. Some people may find that in order to find a carb amount that meets their individual needs, blood glucose levels need to be checked 1-2 hours after completion of a meal. If blood sugar is consistently less than 180 mg/dL 1-2 hours meal than the carb amount is likely not too excessive.

  8. Margot moderator says:

    Ideal carbohydrate intake varies greatly by individual, so it is best to find what works best for you through experience and working with your doctor, a registered dietician, certified diabetes educator, nutritionist, etc. What works well for some may not work well for others! Learn more about meal planning here: https://type2diabetes.com/diet-nutrition/meal-planning/. Glycemic index is also imortant to understand, and this article can help: https://type2diabetes.com/nutrition/understanding-glycemic-index/!

  9. Kelly Dabel, RD moderator says:

    This is a great question for your Doctor and Dietitian. Everyone is different. The number of carbohydrates each person needs, depends on many factors including but not limited to their height, weight, progression of disease, medication needs, medical history, health goals, etc. In addition to seeking direction from your Doctor and Dietitian, this article has some helpful info on Meal planning and Carbohydrate consumption that may be helpful: https://type2diabetes.com/diet-nutrition/meal-planning/

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