Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 15, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Brooklyn, New York, USA:
I am 45 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 168 pounds, and yesterday I was diagnosed with diabetes. They put me on 1500 calorie diet with no medicine, and the dietitian said not to have more than 3 grams of sugar per meal. She told me to have a piece of fruit with my meals for breakfast and lunch. Is each piece of fruit more than 3 grams? Is one piece of chicken (example: a chicken leg) considered to be 1 ounce?
I would talk with your dietitian and make sure that 3 grams of sugar was really the information that was conveyed because it would be very hard to stick with a meal that has less than 3 grams of sugar. Maybe what the RD meant was three servings of carb (or about 45 grams of carbohydrate) per meal, rather than 3 grams of sugar. Nowadays, folks with diabetes have been instructed to watch carbohydrate servings as opposed to just sugar, since sugar is only one component of carbohydrate. A medium piece of fresh fruit (like an apple) has no added sugar but has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. A chicken leg is somewhere between 2-3 ounces of protein.