Counting carbs

lilmama423
By lilmama423 Latest Reply 2015-01-17 09:36:34 -0600
Started 2015-01-17 01:38:31 -0600

Everyone is telling me to count carbs even my dr. But nobody has told me how or what range I need to keep my carbs in can somebody help me?


3 replies

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-17 09:36:34 -0600 Report

The first thing I would advise is to determine how many carbs you have been eating per day (probably too many), then, once you know that, you can begin to lower that amount until you achieve the level where you reach good BG's. There is no "one-size" fits all that works here. It depends upon your age, gender, size, metabolism and activity levels. For me 120 total grams of carb per day is what works (30 grams at breakfast and 45 each for lunch and dinner). Others can handle more and others need less to achieve good results.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-17 09:05:41 -0600 Report

Here is my favorite video on it. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-videos/general/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting

What you need to do is figure out with your doctor what your daily carb intake should be. Once you have that goal number in mind, you can plan your meals out to help you reach that goal. I would also recommend that your write down what you are eating for a couple of months at least so you can see how it's working.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-17 04:01:41 -0600 Report

Howdy Lil
WELCOME to DC!
Really you need to consult your Dr or have Dr refer you to a Registered Dietician (RD) to get a firm carb count.

For ladies the general range is from 35 to 45 grams of carbs per meal, depending on her age, body type and activity level. The RD can take all of that into account as you dial in what your goal per meal should be. You also need to underpin that with protein as well. The RD can help you with all of that.

Praying your get it sorted out, soon.

James