Daily Carb Intake For Diabetes

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How To Count Carbs For Better Blood Sugar Control

Your doctor may have told you to “count carbs” or use something called the glycemic index to plan your meals. A healthy diet consists of a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. However, people with type 2 diabetes need to watch carbohydrates carefully. Why? Because when any food that contains carbohydrates is digested, it turns into sugar, which increases your blood-glucose level. It’s pretty basic: Eating too many carbs can raise the amount of sugar in your bloodstream and lead to complications. The key for people like you with type 2 diabetes is to eat carbs in limited amounts at each meal and when you snack. Total carbs should make up about 45 to 60 percent of your daily diet (and be spaced out throughout the day) if you have type 2 diabetes. There’s no one diet that works for everyone with type 2 diabetes — there are just too many variables: Age, weight, level of physical activity, medications, as well as daily routine and personal preference need to be taken into account. So here’s where your diabetes care team comes in: Talk to your dietitian or diabetes educator to determine the right carb-counting number for you so you’ll be able to provide your body w Continue reading >>

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  1. GaryF42

    Pre-Diabetic Daily Carbs

    Hi all.
    Well, last year around this time I was at 129 fasting glucose / 7 A1C. Last week, I was down to 109 / 6.3.
    I read an article about a man who lowered his A1C by sticking to 40 carbs a meal / 120 carbs a day. In the last five days I've averaged around 156 carbs a day (started at 200 and the last two days have been around 145)
    I'm wondering what an average daily carb intake should be to maintain / lower my numbers. Is there such a thing as an average?
    Gary . . .

  2. AnnC

    We're all different. I do well on 30g a day and have had non-diabetic numbers for five years as a result.
    How low are you prepared to go to find a way of eating that you can stick to for the rest of your life? That's the most important part because none of us can go back to eating the number of carbs we were consuming at diagnosis.

  3. furball64801

    We wish and since we are all different what I can eat is about nothing. So your numbers were clearly in the last year. Good for you for lowering it but if I ate that many grams of carbs I would shoot over 200 all the time.

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