Carb Counting Diabetes Home Food and Diabetes Food and your health Carbs There are 2 types of carbs What does dietician do Eating at restaurants What is a food label? How to read a food label Carb Counting How much insulin should I take when eating? It is important to know how many carbs you eat. Knowing how many carbs are in your food tells you how much insulin to take. When you don’t know how many carbs you are eating you can Take too much insulin. Your blood sugars might go low. Take too little insulin. Your blood sugars might go high. Carb counting can be hard. There are lots of different ways you can do it. Like you can Use food labels. They tell you how many carbs are in food. Use a visual guide. Like a website or app. If you eat a lot of the same food, you don’t need to count the carbs every time you eat it. You can learn how many carbs are in that food and remember it. This is a reference list. Find a way which works for you. A support person can help you. When you know how many carbs you are eating, you can use this number and your carb ratio to work out your insulin dose. Your diabetes educator can help you. They will know your carb ratio. Back Diabetes Home Next This general information. Talk to your doctor for information made for you.