I like brandy and seven. How many can I have?

I'm a new diabetic and I would like to hear from you as to what you would suggest. Occasionally I like to have a brandy and seven. Since I can't drink regular pop, I've changed to diet pop. What about the brandy? How many can I have? While I do not recommend that anyone drink...

I am a confused about cheese as a diabetic.

I am a little confused about cheese and I am a diabetic. I know that 1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese is permissible, but what about the hard cheeses like cheddar, American and so on? What is in them that we cannot have? You can have hard cheeses and exchange cheese for meat in your...

Where can I find a dietitian who works with diabetic diets?

Where can I find a dietitian who works with diabetic diets? The Diabetes Care & Education dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics specializes in working with patients with diabetes, carbohydrate counting, and diabetic exchanges. You can find a dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Include your zip code or...

Here are updated diabetic exchanges

Visitors note: Updated 2008 diabetic exchanges The following answers are based on "Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes" published in 2008 by the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Couldn’t my husband just cut out sugar and sweets instead of following exchanges?

My husband was just diagnosed as having diabetes. He's not taking any shots or pills. His doctor suggested we see a registered dietitian to get a diet. The hospital dietitian gave him a book called "Exchange List" and explained it. The list is pretty complicated and so different from the way we eat. Couldn't...

Being recently diagnosed as prediabetic, should I be counting total carbs in food or sugar?

I have been recently diagnosed as prediabetic on October 18. I gave up sugar that day. My next appointment was December 17. My fasting blood sugar went from 123 to 106 milligrams percent. My A1c was 6.1. It had not been measured before so that was with only 2 months of no sugar etc....

Why are free vegetables limited portions when cooked?

Why are "free vegetables" limited portions when cooked? When you measure a cooked vegetable, more cooked vegetable (weight) fits in a 1/2 cup compared to the raw version. Serving size and whether a vegetable is counted as free, vegetable or starch exchange is dependent on the number of grams of carbohydrate per serving (around 1/2...

I’ve been trying to eat fewer animal sources of protein, but menu plans don’t list carbohydrates.

I have IDDM (Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus) and am a 37-year-old female, 5 feet 2 inch, 58 kilograms (128 pounds), 57-gram protein/day meal plan, up from 40 gram/day based on 0.8 gram/day healthy body weight. Protein was increased after a period with negative creatinine clearance tests. I've been trying to eat fewer animal sources...

What is the average amount of veggies, fruits and starches per meal in a 1200 calorie diet?

I have to be on a 1200-calorie diet and I have lost the number of exchanges needed per meal. Please give me an average amount of veggies, fruits, and starches per meal. I know the meats and milk but can't remember the other. I do not take insulin or medication. I am borderline. The standard...

Why is the meat group in the Diabetic Exchanges separated into three groups?

Why is the meat group in the Diabetic Exchange List separated into three groups? Do I have to have so many meals from each one each week? The meat exchanges are divided into three categories: lean, medium fat and high fat. All meat groups have the same amount of protein, which is seven grams. The...