How many total carbs per day you should try to eat with type 2 diabetes?
The amount of carbohydrates you can eat per day will depend on your individualized meal plan. If you have diabetes, your health care team can work with you to set up a plan that will help you meet your health goals. (Goals might include losing weight, lowering A1C, lowering blood pressure and/or lowering cholesterol.)
If you have not set up a meal plan yet, we suggest having 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal to start. This would mean you would be eating between 135-180 grams of carbohydrate throughout the day. However, you may need more or you may need less, so visit your healthcare provider soon to set up your individualized meal plan.
When you are discussing your meal plan, ask your provider 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 good choices and control your blood glucose. They may suggest the Plate Method, which is one of the simplest ways to meal plan. They may also suggest that you try carbohydrate counting. You can find more information about both of these in our Meal Planning section on diabetes.org.
If you can, work with a registered dietitian (RD) to learn about meal planning. An RD can teach you about how different foods affect your blood glucose levels and how to plan well-balanced meals.
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