Type 1 Thursday – How Many Carbs?

It’s time for another episode of Type 1 Thursday!

Today, Hanna talks about how many carbs one “should” eat as a T1D?

Learn about this, and much, much more at the world’s first diabetes and low carb event: diabetes. by The Low Carb Universe in Stockholm, Sweden, June 19-23!

How many carbs do you eat per day? Is that more or less than you “should”? Questions or comments are greatly appreciated!

2 replies
  1. Paola
    Paola says:

    Hi Hanna,
    My name is Paola, I live in Argentina so I’m not english speaker, so please apologize mistakes in the typing 😉
    I’ve a doughter that has just been diagnosed as type1 she’s 10 and I’m stil strugling with highs and lows, learning how each meal affects her body. Fortunatelly we didn’t used to eat lots of high-procesed food then that eliminates lots of carbs, but it’s allways difficult to say no to a kid when they ask something that friend eat.
    Having said that (sorry too long introduction) I’ve a question regarding your post about the amount of carbs that we “should” eat… you mentioned: avoid carbs, eat proteins and use fat as a leverage (or something like that). What do you mean with use fat as a leverage? I’ve realized that when Alma eat, for instance, cream or milk his sugar levels goes up, even when it had minimum carbs.

    • Hanna Boëthius
      Hanna Boëthius says:

      Hola Paola! Gracias para su mensaje! The rest will be in English, as my Spanish is very weak. 🙂

      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s diagnosis. Living with T1D is an added challenge in life, as you’ve already found out, I’m sure. That being said, it’s completely possible to live a normal, healthy life with T1D, you just need to know how.

      My first suggestion is always to watch Dr Richard Bernstein’s YouTube channel “Diabetes University”. There’s so much amazing information there. He also has a book called “Diabetes Solution”, which is great but quite heavy to read. He has a “no-no” list of foods, which you can find here as a quick guide: http://www.diabetes-book.com/no-no-foods/

      When I say “fat as a lever” it depends on what the goals are. According to Dr Bernstein, and my own research, fat shouldn’t be avoided, but not added either. It comes with the protein. If the person is underweight, however, there’s space for more fat.

      Her blood sugars will go up whatever she eats, even if it’s minimal carbs. Learning how to use the fast acting insulin for meals is important, but also individual. It takes some testing and learning! I can’t eat too much cream, and definitely not drink milk without my blood sugars going too high.

      I hope this helps a little? Feel free to email me at me@hannaboethius.com with more questions, I’d be happy to help!


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