Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Don't Use Insulin
Reference Carbohydrate Opens New Window counting is a skill that can help you plan your diet to manage type 2 diabetes and control your blood sugar. This technique helps you determine the amount of sugar and starch (carbohydrate) in the foods you eat so you can spread carbohydrate throughout the day, preventing high blood sugar after meals. Carbohydrate counting gives you the flexibility to eat what you want and increases your sense of control and confidence in managing your diabetes.
- Carbohydrate is the nutrient that most affects your blood sugar.
- Carbohydrate counting helps you keep your blood sugar at your target level.
- You should consult a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to help you master carbohydrate counting and plan meals.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 1, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics