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Carbohydrate-Counting Chart for People with Diabetes

A Single-Serving Reference Guide


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  • i know this is an older article, but it's really good information.
  • 1CARLA4,
    I don't know how old your request for tips for getting back on the wagon are, but here's what I use to keep me motivated to control my diabetes...
    TEST CONSISTENTLY: test your blood anywhere from 3 - 6 times per day. Start as soon as you are up and around in the morning before consuming any food and finish right before going to bed. I have found nothing better to getting a grip on my carb intake than seeing a BG over 200 BEFORE eating lunch.

    Sprinkle your other testing around at random times of the day with an awareness of what you've eaten and how long it's been. My bottom line is that I don't want to lose my eyesight, my fingers, toes, or kidneys to this degenerative condition. Therefore, the long term habit of doing frequent testing keeps me constantly reminded that my pancreas is no longer as healthy as it should be.

    Blessings upon your efforts to regain control over your health,
  • 1CARLA4
    Hi, I was diagnosed about 10 years ago as type 2 diabetic, I followed a low carb diet by watching carbs and portions, when I started I weigh about 245 I ended up at 189 which was good because my a1c was 10.1 and I got it down to 6.1, well I literally fell off the wagon and am having a hard time getting back on, even though I know I have to but just can't do it!! I am trying following the low carb diet and portion control and do it for a few days then off the wagon I go. Any ideas how to get past the few day thing and stay on the wagon short of putting on a seat belt!! Anyone having problems? Would love to know and woud love to have help and maybe help each other!! thanks for listening! My a1c is now 8.2.
  • This information is outdated and just plain wrong. Diabetes can be cured by eating a very lowcarb diet -- that means 20 grams of net carbs (subtract the fibre) a day. That means no grains, beans or starchy veggies -- go to for the best and latest information. My doctors had me on 2 types of insulin, byetta, and metformin when I learned that I could cure my diabetes by eating a lowcarb diet. Now I have a doctor who knows better and I am off all medication and my numbers are approaching normal. Don't let them tell you this is a progressive disease -- do your research and cut the carbs. The body has no need for carbohydrates -- there are essential fats and essential proteins but no essential carbs. Yes there are healthy vitamins and other nutrients in green leafy vegetables but you can get plenty of those with less than 20 grams of net carbs per day. This information is readily available -- please don't follow the advice in this article -- do your own research and get rid of this deadly disease.
  • Would like to see some carb suggestiins for bariatric patients.
  • very helpful & useful
  • Good information
  • Very informative and helpful.
  • JANNEBARN what a weird comment!! First off....note the date of the article. Spark often re-publishes old articles. Don't blame the author. Second...what EXACTLY is out dated about the chart???

    While in recent years there has been more discussion of the effect of other diet influences than carbs, I don't see ANY recommendations here for ANY specific amount of carbs that any one of us should consume. The actual grams of carbs in foods is baseline, scientific information. How YOU choose to use it depends on the parameters you and your medical advisors have set up.
  • Helpful...thank you. There are positive and negative/hurtful ways of saying things. I appreciate the people who take the time to find a positive way to say things.
  • Typical Becky Hand - outdated information.
  • I am diabetic and this chart will really help! Thanks!
  • Thank you. I will copy the idea of sticking it on the fridge.

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