Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

“Carbohydrate” has become a buzzword fueling the diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.). So I wouldn’t blame you if you thought it was all just another passing food fad.

But if you have diabetes, carbohydrates do matter! They matter more than anything else you eat in terms of affecting your blood glucose levels. So you need to learn how to manage them. Period.

In this tip series, I’ll pass on some wisdom that I’ve picked up about “carbs” and how to keep them under control for good diabetes management.

Tip 1: How to Recognize a Carb

Not sure what a carb is? Here’s the basic definition: Carbohydrate = the sugars and starches found in grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Read More >>

Tip 2: There Really Are Good and Bad Carbs

While it’s true that most of our commonly eaten carb foods have similar effects on your blood glucose, some do have advantages over others. These advantages stem from… Read More >>

Tip 3: How to Avoid Carb Overload

Carbohydrates actually comprise the main source of energy for your body, but eating too many can overwhelm your sluggish insulin response system. That’s why it’s important… Read More >>

Tip 4: How to Learn and Practice Carb Counting

Carb counting is a tool for managing your blood glucose levels by calculating the precise amount of carbohydrates you are eating at each meal and snack. It is used intensely by… Read More >>

Tip 5: What a Nutritionist Can Do for You

You might want to get some help learning about food and carbohydrates. People are often afraid that a nutritionist is just going to be preachy, or send you home with a… Read More >>