How many carbs per day are OK?

Amy Campbell


The amount of carbohydrate, or carb, that one needs is different for everyone. A person’s carb needs depend on several factors, including age, gender, body weight, activity level and blood glucose control. 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. I highly recommend meeting 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.

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JSJB 2012-05-25 03:20:19 -0500 Report

I try to stick to 60 grams a day. Been doing it for over 30 years and now with this condition I noticed that if I go over 50 my BG goes up. I stay away from pasta, white bread etc. I eat whole wheat lo carb bread, 5 grms a slice. I used to get hot dog and hamburger rolls lo carb but can't find them.