I've been trying to find out how much protein and fiber I should be eating per day. So far, all I can find is that the protein should be 37 percent of our weight in grams and the fiber should be somewhere between 20-30 grams a day. The last part is clear, my question is about the protein. Is this suggested percentage for everyone or just for non-diabetics? If it's for non-diabetics, how much more or less protein should a diabetic eat?

Amy Campbell


The Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein for women is about 46 grams per day. You can also think of your protein needs in terms of percentages: according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, protein requirements for adults (with and without diabetes) range from 10 to 35% of calories, which is a fairly wide range. So, as an example, if you required 2000 calories per day to maintain your weight, your protein needs would be anywhere from 50 to 175 grams per day! You likely don’t need 35% of your daily calories coming from protein, but sometimes, people with type 2 diabetes are better able to manage their blood glucose by eating a little less carbohydrate (not low carbohydrate, however) and a little more protein. Therefore, aiming for 20 to 30% of calories from protein may be a goal. And in terms of fiber, about 25 grams of fiber per day is recommended for women and about 38 grams per day for men. Knowing how much you need of any nutrient, as well as how many calories you need, can be confusing. For this reason, consider meeting with a dietitian who can give you more specific guidance and help you develop an eating plan that’s tailored to your individual needs.

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