Carbohydrate Counting

Keeping tabs on how much carbohydrate you eat is a vital part of meal planning in type 1 diabetes. To help keep your blood glucose levels in your target range, your meal plan gives you a goal for how much carbohydrates to consume at meals and snacks. Some individuals are given a carbohydrate amount to eat with a set dose of insulin to match. Others are given a range of carbohydrate amount and an insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio to figure out the amount of insulin to give to match the amount of carbohydrates they plan to eat.