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Carbohydrate-Counting Chart for People with Diabetes

A Single-Serving Reference Guide

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  • This may be lame, but the item I am most excited about on the charts is the breakdown of fruit servings. I've been completely daunted by the recommended daily number in the past. I had no idea that so little fruit count as so much. - 1/7/2011 11:29:31 AM
  • NJ_HOU
    Based upon my experience with the Am Diabetes Assn, I would NEVER believe them. When my husband was in the hospital back in 2002 , the hospital complained at him he was not controlling his sugar levels. Well, I complained to the dietician that giving him sugar wafers as a dessert was NOT what a diabetic needed. The dietician with backing of Am Diabetes Assn printouts basically said a calorie is a calorie and that was supposed to be that. I have never again contributed to them and do not ever recommend the hosptial. these people also gave him sugar in his jello, sugar in his spagetti sauce, etc. Maybe for some diabetics this approach is fine but for my husband and other diabetics like him he could not have much if any glucose type sugars or his blood sugar would be off. These people just treat everyone in a cookie cutter fashion. - 1/6/2011 10:14:07 AM
  • ROSALINDK
    Thanks for ths great chart, I printed it out and will keep it handy for quick reference. I am a diabetic so it is very important for me to keep track of my carbs and the grams in a serving. - 12/18/2010 12:39:50 AM
  • WISEWIFE
    Did you know that if you go on a low carb diet (I'm on Atkins) and stay at the first level, you can reverse type 2 diabetes? I've been on Induction (20 net carbs, 12-15 from veggies) for almost 3 years, my A1C is (and has been steady at) 5.1 and my doctor tells me I have "cured" my diabetes. I take no meds, and intend to keep it that way.
    I have heard that the ADA is funded by the makers of the meds & testing supplies, so it's no wonder (if true) they suggest high carb counts. Follow the money.
    Hugs,
    WW - 9/26/2010 9:26:08 AM
  • Where can I get a copy of the carb chart? - 9/11/2010 7:26:40 PM
  • THANKS ALL ... GREAT COMMENTS! LOVE THE CHART...I'M PRE-DIABETIC AND WHEN I HAVE TOO MANY CARBS/SUGAR...MY BODY COMPLETELY SHUTS DOWN. IM IN THE PROCESS OF MANAGING MY LIFE. I DON'T WANT TO TAK MEDS. IM GOING TO BEAT THIS WITH EXERCISE OF PROBABLY TAKING ALOT OF THE CARBS OUT OF MY DIET...THX AGAIN - 8/5/2010 4:49:29 PM
  • The chart is a wonderful reference, but the best things I have found for controlling my glucose levels are:

    1) Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night - sleep deprivation is the #1 thing that will raise my morning fasting glucose number
    2) Spread my carbs throughout the day - I roughly follow 30 to 40 carb meals with 15 to 20 carb snacks
    3) Don't overdo the protein - protein is great for keeping down the hunger, but it eventually converts to sugar too
    4) Eat lots of veggies, but control the starchy veggies
    5) Read labels and know what you're eating
    6) Fiber is your best friend - 6/24/2010 12:04:10 PM
  • KISSMYA
    Thank you for this info. Having just been diagnosed Ihave been seeking all the info i can get. - 6/16/2010 2:11:09 PM
  • MIKEJEVON
    This article is excellent. I have been insulin dependant for over 30 years so I think I know what I am talking about. I explained how spark people help in many directions to my health professional and she now recommends that some patients sign up. - 5/30/2010 9:22:30 AM
  • SUPPORT2010
    The chart is a great help. I am on a mission to leave my two, expensive blood sugar meds behind by getting fit and managing carbs. - 2/3/2010 9:36:12 AM
  • I have been struggling for the answer to my mulitiple diseases...insulin resistance, poly cistic ovrian..and hysimoto disease...
    complex carbs..i had given up almost all carbs and was eating low calorie ..i thought for years..who knew...
    thank you for all this information..i am now well armed.. - 10/3/2009 12:23:29 PM
  • Thanks for the article - I too am going to print and post in my kitchen - I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and a nutrionist told me to keep my carbs to 30g each meal - - 9/20/2009 12:34:06 PM
  • AJCOELHO
    I am pre-diabetic and have been for eight years - diet and fitness controlled. Thanks for the Carb Chart for DIabetics. The "cooked" highlight is great. A third cup of cooked rice is a pittance but such is life. - 9/16/2009 12:54:26 PM
  • I am hypoglycemic and carbs are my enemy. I don't have diabetes, but if I eat carbs I blow up, am extremely lethargic, get indigestion, and have aches & pains. There are alot of charts out there, alot of them very different. This one seems to be inline. Gotta say though, sure isn't fair that you go by cooked vs uncooked. :) - 9/2/2009 6:59:17 AM
  • LORRELIS
    The chart is excellent and very up-to-dated and accurate. A lot of charts aren't. Most people think a serving size of cooked pasta and rice is 1/2 cup (some think it's a cup). Even oatmeal. A lot of people measure 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal and think they can cook and eat the whole thing because "1/2 cup of oatmeal is one serving". Yes,1/2 cup of oatmeal is one serving - but cooked, not uncooked. Unfortunately even armed with the best and latest information and the best dietitians, it's still a hit and miss a lot of times. So many variables - your weight, size of your waist/belly, how long you've been a diabetic, how insulin resistant your body is, how weak your pancreas is even if your Type II, your overall health, if your sick or in pain, emotions, how much exercise before or after eating carbs, what kinds of carbs, fiber content, sugar alcohol content, how much protein and fat did you eat with the carb (even hours before), how quickly you digest food, how was the food cooked (pasta - al dente? even an over riped banana will raise your sugar more than a firm banana) how your feeling - physically, emotionally, mentally, stress level, when you took your meds, winter months in cold climates and even if your pancreas decides to work more or less then usual after you have eaten a carb or two. Each person's body is different. A lot of people eat healthy popcorn (whole grain) - 2-3 cups. I find even one cup raises my sugar. Yet, I can eat a lot of chocolate with no consequences except for weight gain. Dark chocolate actually lowers my sugar. Interestingly, I have cut way back on my whole grains and increased my fruit. I'm finding it's working for me even though according to what I read and what I've been told, it's not supposed to - my sugar is suppose to rise too high. It doesn't. The point is, what works for one person, doesn't for another. Not to mention, just when you think you have figured out the "secret keys" to successful A1C's, your body changes again, and it's back to square one. As my endocrinologist says, "Welcome to the wonderful world of diabetes!" - 8/20/2009 8:35:34 PM

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