Lg Cwd
icon-nav-help
Need Help

Submit your question to our team of health care professionals.

icon-nav-current-questions
Current Question

See what's on the mind of the community right now.

icon-conf-speakers-at-a-glance
Meet the Team

Learn more about our world-renowned team.

icon-nav-archives
DTeam Archives

Review the entire archive according to the date it was posted.

icon-question-mark
January 22, 2003

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from North Canton, Ohio, USA:

I am 53 years old and was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What is the maximum number of grams of sugar and carbohydrate I can consume in a day?

Answer:

This is a great question but unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” meal plan for people with diabetes. Each meal plan is individualized based on a number of factors: age, gender, activity, other health problems (high cholesterol/triglycerides, hypertension, etc.), and specific food likes/dislikes.

I recommend that you schedule a visit with a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes meal planning. He/she can develop a meal plan that will control blood sugars and meet your caloric needs. If you are unsure of an RD in your area, ask your physician for a referral.

JMS