How many carbohydrates per day should a person with type 2 diabetes eat?
The amount of carbohydrates you should eat per day will depend on your individualized meal plan. First, you should work with your healthcare provider to set your personal health goals – these could be losing a certain amount of weight, lowering A1C, lowering blood pressure, and/or lowering cholesterol.
Once your goals are set, you and your healthcare provider can set up a meal plan that will help you meet those goals. A registered dietitian (RD) or a certified diabetes educator (CDE) may be especially helpful for learning how to plan meals that work for you.
If you have not set up a meal plan yet, we recommend having 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal to start. This would mean you would be eating 135-180 grams of carbohydrate throughout the entire day. However, you may need more or you may need less, so visit your doctor to set up an individualized meal plan soon.
When you are setting up your meal plan with your provider, discuss how many carbohydrates you should have at each meal and whether or not to include snacks. Your provider will probably introduce you to a meal planning method that can help you make better food choices and control your blood glucose. The Plate Method is one of the simplest ways to meal plan, or they may suggest that you try carbohydrate counting to plan meals. Find more information about both of these meal planning methods here on diabetes.org.
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