How many carbs should you eat each day if you have diabetes?
This is a very common question among people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends following a meal plan that works for you and helps you meet your own diabetes goals. Goals might include losing weight, improving your A1C, lowering blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels.
We suggest including about 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal as a starting point when you are carbohydrate counting. If you follow that recommendation, you would be eating a total of 135-180 grams of carbohydrates throughout the day. However, some people may need more and some people may need less.
Talk with your healthcare provider to set up a meal plan that is more individualized for you. You can also have a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator help you create a diabetes meal plan that works for you and will help meet your goals.
Discuss how many grams of carbohydrate to include at each meal and whether or not to include snacks. Your provider may suggest just using the plate method to start or they may have you try carbohydrate counting. Both of these are meal planning methods that can help people with diabetes eat healthy and control their blood glucose.
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