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Diabetes Health Center

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Gestational Diabetes: Counting Carbs

Carbohydrate counting helps you to control your blood sugar when you have gestational diabetes.

  • Carbohydrate counting helps you determine the amount of sugar and starch (carbohydrate) in the foods you eat. This is important, because carbohydrate affects your blood sugar more than fats or proteins do.
  • Carbohydrate counting involves learning how to spread out the amount of carbohydrate you eat throughout the day to help prevent high blood sugar after eating.
  • You should test your blood sugar after meals to see what effect different carbohydrate foods have on your blood sugar level.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

Current as ofJuly 25, 2014

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Last Updated: July 25, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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