Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin
Carbohydrate counting is an important skill to help you maintain tight control of your blood sugar (glucose) level when you have diabetes. It gives you the flexibility to eat what you want and increases your sense of control and confidence in managing your diabetes.
- Carbohydrate counting helps you maintain your blood sugar at your target level.
- Carbohydrate counting allows you to adjust the amount of insulin you take based on how many grams of carbohydrate you eat at a meal or snack. The formula used to determine the amount of insulin you need is called the insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio.
- The insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio differs from one person to another. You and your doctor will calculate your ratio by recording the food you eat and testing your blood sugar level after meals.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 24, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator