How many carbs is too many?

momsjunk
By momsjunk Latest Reply 2012-10-17 11:17:41 -0500
Started 2010-08-18 09:26:48 -0500

I'm new to this. When I'm reading labels how do I know what number for carbohydrates is too high for a serving? I've been being very careful about what I eat for over a year. It seems that my blood sugar drops way down at least once a day and I get sick. Maybe I'm not eating enough carbs? Is there a magic number or is it different for each person?

Thanks for any help you guys can give me!


15 replies

Antique-Dave
Antique-Dave 2010-08-21 12:26:10 -0500 Report

test, eat and test and test and adjust. There is no magic formula only guidelines you have to determine what works best for you and follow it the best that you can. YMMV Your mileage may vary, what works for you probably won't work for me as this is an individualized disease.

I let my meter guide me in food choices, If I have a low FBG I may have a carbier breakfast, and I adjust as I go through the day. I usually track around 135 carbs a day sometimes more sometimes less but I am not locked in to any formula as I think you can get into trouble that way.

no dietician can give you a bullet proof plan, guidelines yes, but a plan, I don't think so because they are not living in your skin.

SwtNSour1
SwtNSour1 2010-08-20 16:11:49 -0500 Report

Hiya ,, I am new to this Diabetic thing to ,, just found out in June 2010 ,, I have improved alot ,, althou ,, I also am having troubles with the carb & fat thing ,, My Dr. told Me ,, no more then 17 grams of carbs per meal and no more then 2 grams of sugar ,, My food shopping is very hard cuz I can't find anything ,, so I have been eating alotta fish , chicken , turkey , every once in awhile I will have a veggie burger ,, HELP ,, I just want a better diet ,, with a little more variety ,, Thank You all in advance :)

AmaJan
AmaJan 2012-10-17 11:17:41 -0500 Report

Watch those veggie burgers!! Some contain up to 42 grams of carbs I found out to my dismay.

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-08-20 16:43:27 -0500 Report

What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS
www.TheDiabetesClub.com

TAR Jewel
TAR Jewel 2010-08-20 10:25:24 -0500 Report

I think everyone gave good advice and it is true you have to learn your own body and what affects you. What raises my blood sugar may not raise yours in the same way. Thanks everyone!!!!

huhjina
huhjina 2010-08-20 06:32:15 -0500 Report

Hi momsjunk, I'm curious what did you end up doing for setting your standards for carbs per meal?

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-08-20 06:13:18 -0500 Report

What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS
www.TheDiabetesClub.com

I hope this helps you too and gives you even more clarity.

roshy
roshy 2010-08-20 16:17:01 -0500 Report

ur info is amazing!! thanks a mill for sharing!!

But do these numbers change from sex, height, body mass etc??

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-08-20 16:38:42 -0500 Report

Everybody is different. Most days, I don't even come close to that amount of carb intake. This is a sound, solid foundation of information that you can adjust in ways that work best for you.

momsjunk
momsjunk 2010-08-20 02:32:04 -0500 Report

Thanks to everyone for their input. I didn't know about the 5 grams of fiber thing. That will be helpful when reading labels. This will also help me understand better as I study my food journal and see the different ways my body reacts to different foods.

Roy531
Roy531 2010-08-18 12:55:00 -0500 Report

Have you ever seen a dietician? They will usually tell you how many carbs you can have in a day, mine told me no more than 150 carbs a day. so have to break that down between meals and snacks.

Roy

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-18 11:28:08 -0500 Report

It really depends on the individual, there is no magic number or formula. The best tool you have to figure it out is your glucose meter. If you test 90-120 minutes after eating and your blood sugar is high, too much carb. If it is low, not enough carb/too much medication. If it is good, then you hit the perfect number. Each meal will likely be different. Probably breakfast will allow you the least amount of carb and dinner the most. It just depends. The glycemic index hasn't been tested on diabetics so your luck with it may be mixed.

Dev
Dev 2010-08-18 11:11:07 -0500 Report

My husband was told the 30:60 rule. You try and manage to consume around 30 carbs for snack and 60 for meals. No food is too high. The only thing is that to keep in that limit of 30:60 you have to eat less quantity of high carb foods and you can eat more quantity of high carb foods if it is low carb.

The other thing to remember is that some foods increase your sugar suddenly so the glycemic index of the food is important too. High glycemic index foods convert into sugar quicker than low glycemic foods.

If the label says there is more than 5 gms of fiber then you can subtract that amount from the total carbs in the serving as fiber does not get absorbed and dulls the effect of carbs.

You also need to watch yourself and decide which foods affect your sugars and adjust your diet accordingly. For my husband Jasmin rice used to increase his sugar so we moved to basamati. Different bodies react differently to food and medicine. What you learn from your body is more important than any general rule.

Thomas508
Thomas508 2010-08-18 12:44:25 -0500 Report

Wow 30:60 I'd be in a diabetic coma! I'm more like 15:30 with very few 15's My dietician told me similar stuff too but it didn't work for me, which is why I totally agree with what you said at the end "Different bodies react differently to food and medicine. What you learn from your body is more important than any general rule." That's why I tell everyone that testing is the most important thing.

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