How many carbs should I eat in a day?

Amy Campbell


The amount of carbohydrate, or carb that one should eat varies from person to person. Your carb needs are based on a number of factors, such as your age, gender, activity level, body weight and glucose levels. Also, it’s best to think about your carb goals on a meal-by-meal basis, rather than for the entire day. Aiming for a consistent, or set amount of carbohydrate at each of your meals and snacks each day can help you better manage your diabetes. It’s helpful to meet with a dietitian who can determine the right amount of carbohydrate for you, as well as help you develop an eating plan that’s based on your lifestyle and your food preferences. In the meantime, to get you started until you see a dietitian, aim for about 30 to 45 grams of carbohydrate for each of your meals, and if you eat snacks during the day, aim for about 15 grams of carb.

6 replies

Beth0826 2013-06-18 12:45:41 -0500 Report

Thank you for this answer. I am really trying to keep an even kiel and I never really had numbers to aim for.

cookie5353 2013-04-28 13:40:53 -0500 Report

My diabetic educator said I can only have 15-19 carbs at a meal or snack, and 10 grams or less of sugar per meal, or snack.

JSJB 2012-04-21 04:08:03 -0500 Report

My carb goal for the day is 30-40 if I go over my B/S test the next morning is high. Example Mon to Thurs my sugar levels were 100 to 112 carb intakes for those days were low. Fri my carb rate was 102 (ate 4 slices of pepperoni pizza) and the next morning my sugar test was 132. Looking back on my record keeping I noticed the difference in the amounts of carbs I take. Oh, I am 70 yrs young and I have been on carb diet for 30+ yrs but in the past I kept it to 60 a day sometimes a little higher. I have been testing now for about 6 months since being pre diagnosed with DB. Fridays are my free days so next week it will be an American Hoagie with the works on a wheat roll.