My life - Carbohydrate counting

 

I've learned which of the foods I eat have got carbohydrate in them. When I have a meal or snack I check how much of those foods I'm eating. Then I can work out exactly how much insulin I need to take. It's called 'counting carbohydrates'.

Some people with diabetes count their carbohydrates like Ella. If your doctor or nurse thinks it's a good idea for you, first of all your nurse and dietitian will explain which foods have got carbohydrates in them.

Then they will show you how to work out how much of the carbohydrate foods you eat at your meal or snack. That might be by weighing foods (like pasta or rice), or looking at the label on food that comes in a packet (like biscuits or crisps).

And then your nurse or dietitian will tell you how to work out how much insulin you need to take.

It might sound a bit complicated to start with, but you soon get the hang of it and your nurse and dietitian will help you.

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My nurse told me that I need to take 1 unit of insulin for every 10 grammes of carbohydrate I eat.

My favourite dinner is spaghetti bolognese, and when Mum cooks that for me she knows the spaghetti I have has 40 grammes of carbohydrate in it. So we know I have to take 4 units of insulin.

Remember...

  • Not all foods contain carbohydrates.
  • Counting carbohydrates can help you work out exactly how much insulin you need to inject. If your doctor or nurse thinks it's a good idea for you, they'll show you how to do it.
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