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What Is the Recommended Daily Intake of Carbs for a Diabetic Male?

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Beth Greenwood is an RN and has been a writer since 2010. She specializes in medical and health topics, as well as career articles about health care professions. Greenwood holds an Associate of Science in nursing from Shasta College.
What Is the Recommended Daily Intake of Carbs for a Diabetic Male?
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In 2010, in the United States, 11.8 percent of men age 20 or older were living with a diagnosis of diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearing House. Whether you need medications or not, managing your diabetes is a matter of managing your diet and exercise. A balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates is the key to keeping your blood sugar stable and preventing complications. Each person has a different balance point, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Activity, Not Gender

People who are more active may be able to eat more carbohydrates than people who get little exercise, according to the ADA. The range for carbohydrates in a diabetic meal plan is quite broad: 45 to 60 grams a meal. Gender doesn’t really affect those recommendations, but activity does, with more active people on the high end of carbohydrate intake. Carbs can add up quickly, so it’s important to keep an eye on portion sizes; for example, the ADA notes that three-fourths of a large baked potato has 45 grams of carbs. The Joslin Diabetes Center recommends that you should consult a dietitian to determine the number of grams of carbs you should include in your diet.

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