From Commerce, Oklahoma, USA:
My 38 year old brother-in-law (5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds) has type 2 diabetes and will have to start insulin therapy if they don't get it under control. They are trying to find out how many carbohydrates he needs for his size and weight because his insurance won't cover a dietitian, and they can't afford one out of pocket. Can you tell us how many he needs? If you can't tell us, can you tell us how to find this answer other than a dietitian?
Just as a "ballpark figure" based on the information that you provided, your brother in law requires approximately 2200 calories/day for gradual weight loss (about one pound per week). The gradual weight loss will decrease his insulin resistance and hopefully improve his blood sugar control. Basing his carbohydrate intake on about 50% of his total caloric intake would provide him with about 18 carb servings/day (each serving of carb equals 15 grams of carbohydrate). I hope this helps somewhat, but I would suggest that your brother-in-law meet with a registered dietitian at a later date if insurance allows to work out a specific meal plan individualized to his needs.
Original posting 1 Apr 2002
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:32
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.