Exact amount of carbs per meal

By willbwell Latest Reply 2010-09-03 09:20:36 -0500
Started 2010-09-02 12:23:04 -0500

Hi everyone, I was recently diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and my doctor didn't tell me much. My wife, although she means well, is serving me 45 carbs per meal, but I thought men can have 60. And are snacks consisting of 15 carbs? I'm so confused. Could someone starighten this out for us please? Thank you very much. William

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gregsteele 2010-09-03 09:20:36 -0500 Report

My dr has me eating 65 grams at ea. meal and 2 snacks at 20 grams but everyone is different as many others stated test,test,test your meter will be your guide good luck love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 19:28:12 -0500 Report

When you eat this way, how are your numbers after your meal? That is the true test of a meal and what it is doing.
If you are not rising more than 40 points after a meal, then you can experiment with adding more. If it is going up more than that, you need to evaluate your meal and see how to keep it from spiking.

Here are a couple of videos that will help you with food choices.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/909-counting-carbs-for-diabetics—-liberty-medical Link-small
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting Link-small

You can also get a very basic guide from the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org Link-small They are also a good place to start reading. They are a little old school, but it is a good place to begin to get familiar. You will add quickly to that foundation.

You can also visit our "Health Center" here and get tons of information on where to start in forming good habits, learning what diabetes is and more. It is great.

Kaiyle 2010-09-02 16:19:00 -0500 Report

Hello William,

Things will get a lot less confusing with each passing day.


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

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am 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.

kdroberts 2010-09-02 12:43:56 -0500 Report

There is no set rule on carbs, each person needs to find the right amount based on their body and goals.

Carbs raise blood sugar so the more carbs you eat the higher it will go. If your goal is to be controlled with no medication (and you are not type 1) then eating a very low amount of carbs can be a way to go, 36g per day is I believe what Dr Bernstien advocates. Your glucose meter is your best gauge, test, eat and then test a couple of hours after eating. If the difference between the readings is too big, you know you need to scale back the carbs for that meal and try again the next day. Usually you will find the number of carbs you can eat changes depending on the time of day and what you have been doing. Same goes for snacks.