How many grams of carbohydrates am I allowed each day with 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 diabetes goals. Your healthcare provider can help you set these goals, which might include losing weight, improving your A1C, lowering your blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels.
Once your goals are set, work with your provider to set up a meal plan that can help you achieve them and takes your preferences into account. Discuss how many carbohydrates to include at each meal and whether or not to include snacks. Your provider may suggest just using the diabetes plate method to start or they may have you try carbohydrate counting. A registered dietitian (RD) or certified diabetes educator (CDE) can be especially helpful when you are first learning to plan meals.
Since you haven’t set up an individualized meal plan yet, we suggest including about 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal to start. It is important to spread out your carbohydrate intake throughout the day and try to keep it as consistent as possible. Still, some people may need more and some people may need less than that recommendation, so set up a plan that works for you soon!
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