My father was recently diagnosed with (what we are currently assuming as) type 2 diabetes. As a person diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 21, I am still watching for signs of LADA/Type 1.5.
I just spent three weeks at home and talked to my Dad about his diabetes care a lot. Currently he is taking Metformin with breakfast and dinner. He is doing really well with his diet and exercise regimen. And his numbers were doing well (though seem to be creeping up a bit). He is eating relatively low carb, with 30-60g per meal and some 10g snacks in between. He eats healthy meals (and really watches his cholesterol too!).
This week he went to see the dietician-- she advised him that he need to increase his total carb intake as he is eating less than the “diabetic diet”. I have heard a lot of people express frustration with the advice that dieticians give to diabetics, encouraging a diet that makes it almost impossible to control blood glucose levels. BUT before i completely dismiss her advice (which my dad plans to follow for four weeks-- and document the effects), I wanted to ask you:
Is there any reason that this could be good for my dad? Is there any reason that a diabetic SHOULD increase their carbs (if they are not hungry, underweight, or having low blood sugars)???
I appreciate your advice as I am a little frustrated right now! Many thanks!