No two diabetics are the same, and therefore, there is no single diet or caloric intake level suggested for all diabetics. Weight, gender and activity level are just three of many factors the American Diabetes Association says affect the dietary needs of a diabetic.
When determining caloric intake level for a diabetic, the first factor to consider is activity level. Once activity level is assessed, one can consult a general guide for caloric intake broken down by gender and age range, but this is a very general guideline. Factors such as weight loss goals and conditions such as pregnancy can also impact dietary needs. Health care professionals should be consulted to develop a plan to meet individual needs, advises the American Diabetes Association.