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This table takes body weight and blood glucose level into consideration to show you how many grams of carbohydrate you’ll need to raise your blood glucose level to about 120 mg/dl.

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 60s
Weight in pounds: Less than 60
Grams of carbohydrate: 9 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 60s
Weight in pounds: 60–100
Grams of carbohydrate: 11 g

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Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 60s
Weight in pounds: 101–160
Grams of carbohydrate: 14 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 60s
Weight in pounds: 161–220
Grams of carbohydrate: 18 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 60s
Weight in pounds: More than 220
Grams of carbohydrate: 25 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 50s
Weight in pounds: Less than 60
Grams of carbohydrate: 11 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 50s
Weight in pounds: 60–100
Grams of carbohydrate: 13 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 50s
Weight in pounds: 101–160
Grams of carbohydrate: 16 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 50s
Weight in pounds: 161–220
Grams of carbohydrate: 22 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 50s
Weight in pounds: More than 220
Grams of carbohydrate: 30 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 40s
Weight in pounds: Less than 60
Grams of carbohydrate: 13 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 40s
Weight in pounds: 60–100
Grams of carbohydrate: 15 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 40s
Weight in pounds: 101–160
Grams of carbohydrate: 19 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 40s
Weight in pounds: 161–220
Grams of carbohydrate: 25 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 40s
Weight in pounds: More than 220
Grams of carbohydrate: 35 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 30s
Weight in pounds: Less than 60
Grams of carbohydrate: 15 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 30s
Weight in pounds: 60–100
Grams of carbohydrate: 17 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 30s
Weight in pounds: 101–160
Grams of carbohydrate: 21 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 30s
Weight in pounds: 161–220
Grams of carbohydrate: 28 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 30s
Weight in pounds: More than 220
Grams of carbohydrate: 40 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 20s
Weight in pounds: Less than 60
Grams of carbohydrate: 17 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 20s
Weight in pounds: 60–100
Grams of carbohydrate: 19 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 20s
Weight in pounds: 101–160
Grams of carbohydrate: 24 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 20s
Weight in pounds: 161–220
Grams of carbohydrate: 32 g

Starting blood glucose level (mg/dl): 20s
Weight in pounds: More than 220
Grams of carbohydrate: 45 g

Originally Published July 10, 2015

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