Diabetes Management: How Many Carbs Per Day Should I Eat?

Low carbs, low carbs, low carbs-- the mantra you've probably heard if you are trying to figure out a diabetic diet. It's true that controlled carb diets are great for managing diabetes, but it doesn't help much if you're not sure what that means.

What’s in a Serving?

One serving of carbs has about 15 grams of carbohydrates in it. Remember, this isn't always the same as a serving size. A slice of white bread is one serving size, and approximately one serving of carbs; a bagel is also one serving size, but it may contain 3 or 4 servings of carbs. Read labels

How Many Servings?

The truth is, there is no magic number. Everyone is different. A moderately-active adult of average size can consume 165 to 225 grams of carbs per day. Someone larger or more physically active may need 400 grams. Someone smaller, trying to lose or maintain weight, or who lives a sedentary lifestyle may thrive on as low as 60 grams.

Let Your Body Tell You

To find your ideal carb intake, start with a moderate level. Check the scale and your blood sugar. Drop a couple servings of carbs to get those numbers lower; add servings to get those numbers up. When your weight and your blood sugar are where you want them to be, chances are you've found the perfect balance of carbs.

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