Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Carb counting - where do I start?
    JanMcGee posted:

    I have had two fasting blood tests of 6.4 and am waiting for a glucose
    tolerance test.

    I want to start carb counting to set a base line to work on while I am waiting. I dont have a meter yet.

    How many carbs are recommended per day?
    flutetooter responded:
    Welcome Jan! There are several schools of thought ranging from the ADA (American Diabetic Assoc.) reccomendation of about 45-60 carbs per meal (someone will correct this number to be more accurate) to Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's values of 6 GRAMS of carbohydrates at breakfast, and not more than 12 grams per meal thereafter, making sure the meals are fullly digested before eating again so the carbs don't stack up. He aims for near normal blood sugars in his diabetic patients.

    So --- the bottom line is to do as much research as you can and decide whether to eat your favorite potatoes and cereals and cover it with possibly ever increasing meds, or to limit your carb intake to the amount your own body can handle without meds.

    IMO, the easiest source to begin with is Jenny Ruhl's "Blood Sugar 101 book", her "Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets" book, and her website www.bloodsugar 101 .

    Personally, I have been on no meds with diagnosis of "prediabetes" for four years, mainly because I get regular exercise, really love green leafy and non starch veggies, and don't like cakes and cookies! My carb limit per meal for me is about 15 grams to keep my blood sugar in the normal range. It all depends on your preference as to diet or meds, and how many beta cells you still have left in your pancreas to produce your own insulin. Everybody here, I'm sure, will chime in with their personal preference. Limiting the carbs you eat, will over the long run, help to avoid complications caused by the damage excess glucose does to your brain, heart, nerves, etc., and avoid blindness and amputations.

    You can buy a meter at any drug store or big box store without a prescription. Be sure to get one with testing strips that are about 25-50 cents each.
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

    Helpful Tips

    Tip for Less Severe Neuropathy Symptoms
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 over eight years ago and have been lucky enough to control my disease with weight loss, diet and exercise ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Conquering Diabetes - Michael Dansinger, MD

    Dr. Michael Dansinger provides thoughtful tips for those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes who want to reclaim their health...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.