As a 45 yr old woman I became a hospital induced diabetic (apendix rupured and Iwas in a coma for 22 days). In the hospital they kept giving me shots, yet when I left the hospital I did a diabetes test, and while I am very close or Prediabetic I am not there yet. I take Amaryl 4 mgs 2 @ day 15 mg Actos 1 @ day. I get mixed answers about carbs. My doctor hasn't told me how many/few to consume and one nurse told me NO watermelon, yet a lady friend who is a full blown Diabetic eats all types of melons, so I am confused. Help Please and Thank You.

Carbohydrates the most common source of energy found in food. People that have diabetes (that has been diagnosed by a doctor) will need to monitor and balance intake of carbohydrates. Carbohydrate-containing foods are those that contain sugar or starches. These foods include sweets, milk, yogurt, fruit and fruit juice, cereal, rice, potato, corn crackers and other grain-based foods. Carbohydrates are an important part of our metabolism and digestive system. Watermelon, for example is a carbohydrate containing food (fruit). Fruits are an important part of our diet. They contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are powerful disease fighting agents. People with and without diabetes can consume watermelon; I would recommend portion control, however, and consuming no more than one or two cups of diced watermelon a day.

Because every person is different, my advice would be to meet with a registered dietitian (RD). He or she can help you by creating a carbohydrate-counting meal plan. The RD can figure out just how many carbohydrates to consume and tailor a plan that will specifically work for you.

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