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Carbohydrate Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes

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Linda Wasmer-Andrews

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Fill the large section with nonstarchy veggies. Fill one small section with grains, starchy veggies, or cooked beans and peas, and the other with meat or another protein food. Add a cup of low-fat milk and a piece of fruit, and you’ve got a balanced meal.

Key Takeaways

  • Although carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet, they raise your blood sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, you need to aim for a balanced carb intake.

  • Carbs are found in a variety of foods. You can check food labels to find the carb content, or use a website, app, or book to help you.

  • The American Diabetes Association recommends getting about 45% of your total calories from carbs.

  • There are several methods to help you plan meals, including carb counting, exchange lists, glycemic index, and the plate method.
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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Sep 13, 2015

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