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Diabetes and Carbohydrates
Some may think that eating a "low-carb" diet or avoiding carbohydrates all together would be a good approach for managing diabetes, but that isn't the case.
If you're living with diabetes, your goal should be to manage the carbohydrates in your food choices, not eliminate them. You need glucose (blood sugar) from carbohydrates as energy for your brain and other body cells. With diabetes the issue is how insulin, which may be inadequate or not working properly, handles carbohydrates – not whether you need carbohydrates.
Most women need 45 grams to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal and most men need 60 to 75 grams. You also may need up to two snacks containing 15 grams to 30 grams of carbohydrates each.
To find out if your health insurance plan covers nutrition services for prediabetes and diabetes, along with access to qualified practitioners such as registered dietitian nutritionists, call the member services number located on the back of your insurance card.
For more information on managing diabetes, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Diabetes and Diet page.
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Reviewed October 2013