When you live with Type 1 diabetes, carb counting is a great way of managing your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. It can give you more freedom and flexibility in what you eat – whether you're preparing meals at home, grabbing food on the go or eating out.
Jess has been carb counting since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.
But it does take effort and time to master. And whether you've been doing it for a few months or a few years, it always helps to refresh your knowledge from time to time.
In these videos, Jess talks through all the key things you need to know about carb counting – as well as sharing some of her own experiences and tips.
After each video you'll be able to test your learning and find links to other resources that might be helpful.
1. Why understanding carbs (and how to count them) matters
Jess starts by talking us through the basics – what carbs are, the different types and why being able to count them can make your life with Type 1 easier.
2. How carbs interact with your body
Understanding how different carbs interact with the body is key to carb counting. Jess explains the two main ways of counting carbs, and how to work with your healthcare team to match the amount of insulin you need to take.
3. What to look for on food labels
These days, food labels should have all the key nutritional information you need to count the carbs in your meal. Find out what to look for on food labels, with tips and advice from Jess along the way.
4. No labels? No worries...
When you're out and about it can be harder to get information about the food you want to eat. But that shouldn't get in the way of having a great time, as Jess explains.