A friend requested that I “hold her hand” at a Diabetes Education class this week. I hadn’t realized she’d meant it literally.* I wasn’t really surprised by a lot of it, including when the nutritionist emphasized that carbohydrates are a useful and necessary part of good nutrition and blood sugar moderation. Or that she focused on how to keep carbs, protein and fats in porportion to help your body manage your blood sugar.**
But I did feel the earth lurch for a moment when the nutritionist said:
I wouldn’t recommend any adult eat less than 130 grams of carbohydrates a day.
Contrast this with the 30 grams of carbs a day regimen I had on a low-carb diet some years ago and … yeah. Or the coworker who got disgusted at the fruit basket his sister sent him for Christmas: “Pears, apples, oranges, crackers, cheese – it’s all sugar!”
The nutritionist went on to recommend that adult male diabetics who want to lose weight*** aim for 60 grams of carb per meal (and also protein and lots of non-starchy vegetables) and that female adult diabetics who want to lose weight aim for 45 grabs of carbs per meal (again with protein and veggies).
Yeah. She’s telling diabetics who want to lose weight to eat more carbs per meal than I was eating in a day.**** It felt weird.
*It was just a squeeze or two. :)
**She also pointed out that if a diabetic measures their sugar before breakfast and it’s always high? This does not mean they shouldn’t eat. It means their liver is kicking out too much sugar overnight and they should get their meds adjusted.
***Almost all of the diabetics in the room had volunteered that they want to lose weight.
****For contrast, this carbohydrate calculator assumes you aren’t trying to lose weight.