How many carbohydrates should I have in a day? I have type 2 diabetes.
The amount of carbohydrate one should eat really depends on a number of factors, such as age, gender, level of physical activity, weight, level of diabetes control and personal preference. There is no one “right” amount of carbohydrate that works for everyone who has diabetes. Meeting with a dietitian is the best way to figure out what’s right for you. He or she will take into consideration the above factors, as well as your daily schedule, likes and dislikes and cultural issues, too. Your doctor can give you a referral to a dietitian in your community. In the meantime, to get you started, a general goal is to aim for between 45 and 60 grams of carbohydrate per meal, and about 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrate for any snacks that you might eat.
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