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Why do I need to monitor my carbohydrate intake if I have diabetes?

Food is made up of three main nutrients: fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Of these, carbs have the biggest effect on your blood glucose. For this reason, you need to match your insulin intake to your carbohydrate intake ("cover" your carbs). You can do this by carefully measuring your insulin doses and counting carbs in your meals and snacks.
Nowadays, we hear about carbohydrate all the time. Foods that contain carbohydrate raise blood glucose. If you have diabetes, by keeping track of how many carbohydrates you eat and setting a limit for your maximum amount to eat, you can help to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.

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