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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.
Count carbohydrate and eat a balanced diet
Here are some other
suggestions that will help you count carbohydrate:
Other Works Consulted
American Diabetes Association (2013). Nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 36(11): 3821–3842. DOI: 10.2337/dc13-2042. Accessed December 5, 2013.
American Diabetes Association (2014). Standards of medical care in diabetes—2014. Diabetes Care, 37(Suppl 1): S14–S80. DOI: 10.2337/dc14-S014. Accessed January 7, 2014.
Campbell AP, Beaser RS (2010). Medical nutrition therapy. In RS Beaser, ed., Joslin's Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers, 2nd ed., pp. 91–136. Boston: Joslin Diabetes Center.
Franz MJ (2012). Medical nutrition therapy for diabetes mellitus and hypoglycemia of nondiabetic origin. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 675–710. St Louis: Saunders.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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