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Q:

How many carbs are acceptable on a 1350 calorie diet?

Amy Campbell

A:

The answer really depends on a number of factors, such as your gender, how active you are and how well-controlled your diabetes is. But, to give you a ball park number, Joslin Diabetes Center’s Clinical Nutrition Guideline for people with type 2 diabetes recommends that between 40 and 45% of calories come from carbohydrate. That means that your goal would be about 135 to 152 grams of carbohydrate per day. However, what’s most important is how you distribute those carbohydrate grams throughout the day. The goal is to space them out fairly consistently to help limit fluctuations in your blood glucose. You might try aiming for about 60 grams of carbohydrate for each of your three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) each day, adding in one or two snacks of 15 grams of carbohydrate, as needed. Of course, this is just a starting point and you would need to try it and monitor your blood glucose to find out how it works for you. It can be helpful to work with a dietitian to better “fine-tune” your meal plan, and your doctor can give you a referral to one in your community.

June 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm