How Much Carbohydrate Should I Be Eating in a Day?
This is not a simple question and the answer varies from person to person. It isn't necessarily important to know simply how much carb to eat in a day, but rather how that carb is distributed throughout the day in meals and snacks to keep blood glucose in a healthful range. Your healthcare team will work with you to determine the amount of carbohydrate allotted to a given meal or snack based on such things as:
- When and how much physical activity you do
- What medications you are taking for your diabetes, and when their action peaks
- Weight goals
- Laboratory values like cholesterol, triglycerides, microalbumin (a measure of kidney function), and A1C
- Personal preferences
- Other medical issues
- Cultural background and lifestyle
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Page last updated: March 12, 2014