Carbohydrate, or carb, counting is an important
skill to learn when you have
diabetes. Carb counting helps you keep tight control of your blood sugar (glucose) level.
It also gives you the flexibility to eat what you
want. This can help you feel more in control and confident when managing your
- Carb counting helps you keep your
blood sugar at your target level.
- It allows you to adjust the amount of
insulin you take. This amount is based on how many grams of
carbs you eat at a meal or snack. The formula used to find how much insulin you need is called the insulin-to-carbohydrate
- The insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio is not the same for each person. You and your doctor will find your ratio by keeping track of the food
you eat and testing your blood sugar level after meals.
How do you count carbohydrate grams in your diet?