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Old 05-29-2011, 05:46   #1
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I was just diagnosed from type 2 to a type 1. I am very good when it comes to my diet but I can't seem to keep my numbers consistent. Should I drop my carbs down and add a snack between meals ?

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welcome Steve you probably need to experiment a bit with your diet. I take it that you weren't on insulin previously? Being on insulin does make it a bit hard to try and even things out. It depends what you're doing. I'm on insulin, but I'm on a sliding scale rather than measuring units per carb ratio. I'm not sure how much carbs and what type you're eating... but it would be a good idea to limit your carb intake. I personally do eat carbs with every meal and snack but I keep it small. I stick to low GI carbs also. Everyone is different, so it's really trial and error to find what works for you. Just make sure you carry quick acting and low acting carbs with you at all times now that you're on insulin. I've had more hypos since being on insulin. I'm sure you will find this a great place for support and info. Others here who are in fact type 1's may be able to give more advice to help you along. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

 
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Thank you for the feedback, no, I was not on insulin before but am now, and I to use the sliding scale. When you say limit my carbs, by how much? I currently stick to the book rule of 45 to 60 grams per meal, should I replace them with more protein or just reduce my portions until my numbers level off?

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Sliding scale is old hat. You might want to look into some books like Using Insulin and Think Like A Pancreas.

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My finding has been that adding fat helps. I try not to snack, am in fact eating 2 meals a day in order to minimize stacking dosees of insulin.

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Welcome, Steve-o!

What Foxl said!

Sliding scale did diddly for me. I found I had to adjust my boluses to account for carbs, instead. Plus, I had to cut my carbs waaayyy down, and cut out the rice/pasta/bread/potatoes.

I don't count calories, and I do eat healthy fats like real butter, real cream, real cheese and real mayo. "Low-fat" and "lite" versions of those fodos are often chock-full of carbs and sugar.

(I'm still working out the best calcs for timing my boluses and counting carbs in unlabeled foods. Even so, I'm getting far better results this way.)

Most important thing is to test. A lot. I test before a meal to see where I'm at. For new foods and situations, I test 1 hour after the first bite, then 1 more hour after that.

Hopefully, your doc or diabetes educator can get you started on figuring out the bolus ratio that works for you. And the books Foxl cited will definitely help you fine-tune on your own.

OnlyMep's diet, above, is about 180 degrees apart from mine. We diabetics are all different, so both of us are right!

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Ok...my first question is what the heck is bolus? Lol.. I test before a meal and 2 hours after, my insurance isn't the best so I am trying to keep the costs down when it comes to all my med needs. Has anyone found cheaper suppliers? I tested this morning and I was 127, I ate breakfast which consist of scrambled eggs,1 slice of wheat toast,3 cubes of cantelope, watermelon and honey dew and a small glass of skim milk. When it tested 2 hours later I was 224! This is driving me insane bouncing all over the chart. So you guys know my pancreas does not produce at all anymore so I'm wondering if the sliding scale is right for me or should I just test before each meal and not test every 2 hours?

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Ok...my first question is what the heck is bolus? Lol.. I test before a meal and 2 hours after, my insurance isn't the best so I am trying to keep the costs down when it comes to all my med needs. Has anyone found cheaper suppliers? I tested this morning and I was 127, I ate breakfast which consist of scrambled eggs,1 slice of wheat toast,3 cubes of cantelope, watermelon and honey dew and a small glass of skim milk. When it tested 2 hours later I was 224! This is driving me insane bouncing all over the chart. So you guys know my pancreas does not produce at all anymore so I'm wondering if the sliding scale is right for me or should I just test before each meal and not test every 2 hours?
You use two different kinds of insulin, right? One long-acting & the quicker acting?




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Yes,humalog and lantus at night.

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Yes,humalog and lantus at night.
Okay, the humalog is your BOLUS insulin, and you should use it at mealtime. Did you do an injection when you ate breakfast today?

The lantus is your BASAL insulin. It works in the background, but it isn't meant to cover meals.




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No, because my number was good and using the sliding scale it says not too.

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