Advanced Carb Counting & Glycemic Index



Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDCES

This course is for those who have a basic understanding of carbohydrate gram counting but want to do a better job of matching the amount and timing of mealtime insulin.  Accurate carb counting is particularly important to those who are using insulin-to-carb ratios, as well as those trying to carefully manage the amount of carb in their diet.  And because not all carbs digest at the same rate, post-meal glucose control hinges on proper insulin timing.  Recognizing the “fast” versus the “slow” foods will allow you to avoid the post-meal high/low pitfalls that plague so many insulin users.

Specific topics include:

  • The rationale behind counting carbs
  • Adjusting for dietary fiber
  • Traditional counting techniques
  • Use of carb factors
  • Portion estimation and conversion to carb grams
  • Defining glycemic index
  • The benefits of applying glycemic index
  • Optimal insulin timing for different food types/combinations 

Not sure you need this course?

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