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Low Carb Diet for Diabetics

Sanchi_Malik profile image

How many of you are following a low carb diet and exactly what do you mean by going low carb? Is it safe for Diabetics on a long term basis?

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namaha profile image

Dear Sanchi

Welcome to Diabetes India Forum. Yes, some of our members do follow Low Carb diet and we would definitely answer your query.

May I know the reason of such a question?

Sanchi_Malik profile image
Sanchi_Malik in reply to namaha

I read a lot of comments from other patients and even some of my family members very keen on going carb free or low carb, but I am never personally able to do that and I always wonder do these people go completely carb free and how do they manage. so I would like them to explain me

namaha profile image
namahaAdministrator in reply to Sanchi_Malik

Dear Sanchi (1) I am not sure whether you are looking for weight loss or blood sugar control ???? And your health particulars are not known to us...

(2) Anyway, we are attaching a link where you will find 9 kinds of diet...advantages and disadvantages are given..


(3) Further , as suggested by Ramana , you may use "search" given on right top corner - you would get a lot of information on any topic desired by you...you may get different posts , chats....etc on LCHF

(4) Please consult with your doctor before undertaking any kind of dietary changes whatever your health conditions are...

ramana42 profile image

Please search for LCHF on the top right corner of this page. You will see all the information you need on the subject.

Activity2004 profile image

Hi Sanchi_Malik,

Welcome to the group. :-) Please feel free to continue posting and commenting anytime. Also, take a look at the Topics/Events/Pinned Posts/Polls sections for ideas/suggestions on meals/snacks. Please see the attached posting for information and also show your doctor to make sure a low carb diet is right for you before changing diets/exercise routines/medication to be on the safe side and everyone is on the same page. No one wants anyone getting sick or worse.


I hope this helps. :-)


Low Carb Diet?

There is no definition for this!

"What counts as low-carb?

Low-carb is a flexible way of eating that allows you as an individual to choose a level of carbohydrate that works well for your diabetes and lifestyle.

Moderate carbohydrate: 130 to 225g of carbs

Low carbohydrate: under 130g of carbs

Very-low carbohydrate: under 30g of carbs

Generally speaking, the lower your carbohydrate intake, the more likely you are to lose weight and the lower sugar levels you are likely to have.

It’s important you choose a level of carbohydrate that works well for you."

Before any one starting on this diet fist needs to consult a doctor to make sure your healthy to follow this diet.

How do you measure carb in the home cooked food you are eating at home, very difficult.

To start with your need a small plate and small dish, this is to do portion control.

No rice and rice products, no potatoes, no pasta, no bread home made or shop bought!

Some root veg OK, a lot of green veg steamed is also good.

I am speaking from experience, I lost weight, lowered blood glucose and blood cholesterol and also lost few inches in the waist, new cloths, because the waist went down!

Regular exercise and life style change.

In, UK , I can check the carb for breakfast and lunch. But for dinner is not difficult to check on home cooked food for me. I eat what is available, this is because cooking two different meals for evening meal is a problem.

Meals times, Evening meal before 6:30 PM. Breakfast 0900 hours. Lunch, varies, 1300 hours or there about. There is a fasting for 14 hours between evening meal and breakfast.

Today as I age some blood numbers are going up. I have medical people in my family to check. I also read reports and communicate with a doctor or a professor. As a Sri Lankan, I need to watch out my waist therefore I look at waist to height ratio. My height has gone down as I age.

There is a book, X-PERT diabetes management. This book gives what you can eat, portion size, carb count and many more, I have this book.

I do take drinks, this is because I am used to it. The X-PERT book some indication on to what you are allowed.

"X-PERT Diabetes Handbook

Rated 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings

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The X-PERT Diabetes Prevention & Management Handbook Version 14, updated in August 2019 is an 161-page comprehensive summary of the X-PERT Diabetes & X-POD Programmes."


I go for blood check twice a year (HbA1c), foot and eye check once a year.

I better stop.

Good luck.

namaha profile image
namahaAdministrator in reply to sandybrown

Good post by Sandy.. I think other members could also participate as well..

Since this post is being read by all members , I would have preferred if Sandy could have posted his recent blood report indicating HBA1C, Lipid numbers, Kidney function tests including Micro-albuminurea/ACR, Liver function test , hsCRP, BP, his current weight, and any other recent reports if he has done such as 2D Ecko, Dexa scan, ultrasonography of lower abdomen which would cover kidney, Liver to indicate fatty liver status, prostate...

And also if you have any symptoms like pain, sleeplessness - not depending upon any external drugs, you may please write so for benefit of members and may be some members can also give you a solution for your benefit.

Please remember that the above tests are very highly relevant to diabetes condition and one would come to know if a diet taken by him is being well accepted by the body or not and whether a particular diet is suitable for his long term health.

While diabetic complications like leg pain due to neuropathy, Osteopenia (poor bone health) or eye sight can be seen, felt, checked physically and can be caught at early stage and corrective action be taken and diabetes can not die,

but unfortunately most diabetes die out of either Heart failure or kidney failure (few cases have already happened in the forum) and the good news is that both of these conditions can be caught early to a great extent if the above tests and it's implications are understood in the first place and carried out by diabetes regularly.

Anyone is welcome to seek clarification if someone has not understood the details of any of the tests mentioned above and interested to understand more... 🙏

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sandybrown in reply to namaha


I shall wait for the Sanchi_Malik, who did the post to ask me questions, there are many questions to ask on low carb diet. when the discussion get going we can go into blood test results, feet,eyes and other issues of my own experience.

My only concern was if i go too low carb and then later on if i am not able to sustain will that weight be regained??

Thanks for such a nice detailed description on low carb diets. I am pretty much clear with idea and I think will speak to my GP first as suggested in your post too and then go ahead

I have sent you a response via chat, please take a look, feel free to ask any questions.

Low carb lunch starter.

Tomato and Mozzarella cheese, salad, with salt, pepper and olive oil total weight 200 g, total carb 8 g.

Fat from cheese, 17 g. There are many Vitamin benefits as well.

Unable to attach a photo, photo from home PC, can only be attached in a post.

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