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NikiLaw
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Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?

Hello all,

 

I love watermelon, but i'm unsure of how good it is for my diet. (Type2).

 

I know its a natural fruit, but does it have too much sugar?

 

I'm almost chronically dehydrated. And watermelon seems to have so much water in it.

 

Does anybody have any ideas or thoughts?

 

Thank you,

Niki Law

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mollythed
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?

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It's a rare thing around here that we would say that any food is okay or not okay for a person with diabetes. What you need to do is to learn how to tell if a certain food for will work for you or not.  That depends on what is in the food, both in terms of carbs and of other nutrients, and how much your are going to eat. 

 

It really helps to have a calorie and carb counting book, or a web site where you can look up that information, like the Calorie King Calorie and Carbohydrate counting book or places like nutritiondata.com.  My favorite, even though it is plainer than some of the other sites, is http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/list from the US Department of Agriculture.

 

According to that site, watermelon is 91.45% water and 6.2% sugar, with just tiny amounts of fiber, fat, protein and other nutrients.

 

A cup of watermelon, diced, will have about 11g of carbs, compared to 13g for sliced strawberries or 34g for sliced bananas.  For watermelon, though, that may seem like a relatively small serving.

 

Beside figuring out how many grams of carbs, you can also try eating the watermelon and by testing with your meter before and after eating, you can see how the watermelon affects you.

 

I hope others will come along and mention their favorite carb counting web sites.

 

 


"Molly" (aka mollythed)
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1995, now managed with Lantus, Humalog and Metformin; diet and exercise.
My husband and three adult sons also have type 2 diabetes.





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NikiLaw
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?

Thank you for the information,

 

And your absolutely right,  i'm going to have to relearn what i have forgotten. But thats ok, because it needs to be. I put my self in this place and i am going to have to get myself out.

 

And as I am exploring this site, i've been finding alot of good stuff. Inspirational. The Daily Menu and Monthly Meal Plans are really nice. I found a great recipe for Tasty Cooked Greens.

 

I am really liking what i see here. And my BG finally went down to 131 this evening. I am so happy.

 

Thank you very much mollyhed.

 

Niki Law

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ShirlAgn
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?


mollythed wrote:

 

I hope others will come along and mention their favorite carb counting web sites.

 

 


http://www.calorieking.com/

 

http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Take care,
Shirl

Me: DX: '08 - Type 2;  '12 - early kidney disease
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?


NikiLaw wrote:

Thank you for the information,

 

And your absolutely right,  i'm going to have to relearn what i have forgotten. But thats ok, because it needs to be. I put my self in this place and i am going to have to get myself out.

 

And as I am exploring this site, i've been finding alot of good stuff. Inspirational. The Daily Menu and Monthly Meal Plans are really nice. I found a great recipe for Tasty Cooked Greens.

 

I am really liking what i see here. And my BG finally went down to 131 this evening. I am so happy.

 

Thank you very much mollyhed.

 

Niki Law



What do you mean you "put myself in this place"?   You don't think you gave yourself diabetes, do you? 


Talvie


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NikiLaw wrote:

Hello all,

 

I love watermelon, but i'm unsure of how good it is for my diet. (Type2).

 

I know its a natural fruit, but does it have too much sugar?


 

Your meter will porvide the answer: Test, Review, Adjust

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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 I put my self in this place and i am going to have to get myself out.

 

You need to read this, written by a friend of mine: Don't fall for the toxic myth that you caused your diabetes by reckless overeating

 

And also this, which I wrote: Type 2 Diabetes and the Shame Game

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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There is nothing I could eat I like more than my eyes.
Type 2 Diabetes - A Personal Journey(latest: Catering For Different Tastes When Cooking)
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?

Hi Talvie,

 

Thanks for responding.

 

When I said i got myself into this place, I meant I had become burnt out. I had stopped caring. I wasnt doing anything to help myself & even forgot a lot of what I had learned.

 

Then, when I found this place. Things changed. I felt, not alone. When people cant talk to other people about this kind of thing there is no way of knowing there is hope.

 

Thank you Talvie.  niki

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YAY! You aren't alone.  I remember telling people when I was first diagnosed that I would go to this website and some guy from Australia would answer my questions quickly.  When I was alone at home and I got double vision while walking on the treadmill, the community was there for me.  No question is too insignificant or too stupid.  We will answer the same question every time a newcomer asks it, without complaint.  I learned more here than I did at the diabetes education program I went to.  So, back to the present.  I fell into the I will eat like I don't have diabetes mindset.  As part of my turn around to better eating, I have committed to myself to come here daily.  This site is nothing but positive for me.  Look forward to seeing you around,

(Bug) Barb 

 

Too much of a good food will raise my blood glucose.
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strollingbonez
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Re: Watermelon : Is it okay for diabetics?

o we are only suppose to eat a cup of it...not two big slices?  

 

well i had two big slices....after about 2 hours ....117...which is a little high for me before bedtime....i love watermelon