i'm type-1 diabetes, but my brother was lately found out to be type-2 (or perhaps LADA)... anyway, I was wondering - is there a need for carb counting in type-2 diabetes? how does it done and what's the difference?
I do understand and do my best carb-counting for insulin-caculating purposes, but what is the benefits for type-2's ?
In type 2 diabetes the critical thing is what carbs you are injesting.
The Glycemic Index is a good startomg point
Good question. A diabetic educator or a doc could give you the parameters that your bro should be using for his diabetes, for my husband it's 150 g a day, this gives him the good he needs, and the lack of calories to lose some weight also. You don't say whether he is on pills only, insulin (humalog), or both or none. For me, it helped give me a guide line to go by how much food, what kinds of foods, and how, what to eat when. If possible,it would be great if you two could meet with a diabetic dietician or nutritionalist, one so that you could help him,and he could learn more specifically what's good for him. My dh's doc told him to eat what I eat, and he would do fine, but it wasn't enough food for him. I would suggest you get a good book with foods listed, restaruants, etc listed with carb and calorie counts....these will help you decide what kinds of foods you can eat. The benefits would be better control, confidence he his treating himself well, and a guideline to follow. There is nothing like going into the unknown without a map