Am I eating the wrong foods?

By PeytonRiley Latest Reply 2013-11-09 06:14:26 -0600
Started 2013-09-27 16:48:08 -0500

I'm Peyton and I'm a type 1 diabetic.

So I had a low for the first time in a month and I'm just puzzled.

My diet is always eating. I eat non stop. If I don't, my sugar will dramatically drop like it did today… But I ate today… Am I eating the wrong diet? It's the only thing that has worked.. But now I just don't know…

Yesterday I ate breakfast (a whole grain bagel with strawberry cream cheese, chocolate milk and a a couple swallows of juice) and then didn't have lunch other than like three or four bites of this strawberry sugar stuff. I came home and ate a snack or two then had chips and salsa for dinner. I felt totally fine despite skipping a meal. Then, this morning I had a bowl of cereal, a couple swallows of juice, and a few slices of peaches. My sugar started to get REALLY low around 10 o'clock to the extreme.. and then like at 12 I took a glucose tablet at lunch and for lunch, I ate another bowl of cereal(more like two). I felt better and then at 3 went home. I checked my sugar and it was 69.

How? Why? I took a glucose tablet… It was the first time I ever used one but I'm just sick of this..

How do I prevent this? I know I shouldn't ever skip a meal but I didn't have anything available while at school. But even today, I ate all two meals so far, AND a glucose tablet. Am I eating the wrong diet for a type 1 Diabetic? What can I do?

19 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2013-11-09 06:14:26 -0600 Report

Everyone here has great answers, like my diabetic educator says to me, "you shouldn't have to feed your insulin". Talk to your doctor, about this, long lasting insulin for me is to keep me to some degrees thin the norm of BG readings, I bolus for meals and make sure I eat balanced meals, I don't eat cereal, etc. I make sure I eat protein with meals and snacks include nuts, jerky, etc.

Hten 2013-10-22 05:31:41 -0500 Report

just read this, where is your protein? that is what carries you thru carbs don't last maybe I missed it in your post chips and salsa are fun but you are going to spike and drop w/ that kind of stuff

MAYS 2013-10-01 10:10:08 -0500 Report

Have you discussed this with your doctor(s) or a nutritionist?
They should be able to guide, and assist you in this matter, together you can work out a series of meal plans that will help you, in the meantime click on the links below, you may find some useful information there.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-30 20:09:09 -0500 Report

Have you talked to a doctor? It seems like you are eating empty carbs and very little protein. But if you're popping glucose tabs in place of a meal, that's not a good decision. They will bring your BG back up, but you need to eat food to maintain levels throughout the day. As a type 1, I'd be on the floor low if I ate like that. Here's what I had today (keep in mind I take multiple insulin injections per day)
B- Real oatmeal with cinnamon & 1 egg (35 carbs)
S- 1/2 cup almonds
L- peanut butter sandwich, steamed broccoli, kale chips (30 carbs)
S- Cheerios and skim milk (40 carbs)
D- grilled chicken carrots, green beans, toast (30 carbs)
S- yogurt & pretzels (20 carbs)

I drink a lot of water and run 2 miles a day to burn calories, between my afternoon snack and dinner.

I felt pretty good today and kept my BG between 70-100 all day. Im a teacher, so I burn a lot of BG as I work all day, this the large snacks.

lanessa 2013-09-30 14:43:50 -0500 Report

all I eat is tilapia fish n green beans and my BC stay under 120 and I only eat it 2times aday and drinks a lot of water

GabbyPA 2013-09-29 19:10:31 -0500 Report

It sounds like you need a little more long lasting foods such as more protein or some added fat into the foods you are eating. If you are just eating carbs (grains, fruit, chips...) you can go up and then drop crazy fast because there is nothing long lasting in it.

The other this is that just when we seem to find something that works for us, our bodies say, "no way" and get into do something new. Diabetes is progressive and is constantly changing as we age. So working it out is sometimes hard to figure.

KG66 2013-09-29 15:56:59 -0500 Report

I eat 4 glucose tabs. I guess it may depend which kind. I take the Dex 4 and they almost always help.

Novemberwind 2013-09-28 19:39:15 -0500 Report

Payton I understand your frustrated yes you can do better , I use bananas and granola bars to ez my blood sugars level. :-) Using the right foods and vittemens to stay level on schedule so my body dose not over react when my activity increases :-) it time to grab a gateraid, when slows down water or tea. Keep it level and take the same meds a just with food and snack steady stay on track understand how your spiecal body reacts and feels and give it what it needs when it needs :-) :-) :-) :-) YB

peggy1255 2013-09-28 13:12:47 -0500 Report

Hi Peyton
My brother is hypoglycemic, has been since his early twenties , high and low blood sugar run in our family , with both low and high blood sugar you need to eat a well balanced diet, fruits, veggies, proteins , grains all the food groups, you should get with a nutritionist to help you plan out your meals and snacks she or he can help you better understand how to eat the way you need to, check the internet, you can get some ideas from there also, when I was diagnosed with diabetes yrs ago I was sent to diabetes educator and nutritionist they helped me greatly .

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-09-28 12:11:51 -0500 Report

with hypogycemia, you are overproducing insulin, Type 1's make no insulin and have a hypo only when we take too much insulin. Try a more balanced diet and eat like 5 small meals a day. If you eat simple carbs; fruit,breads,pasta,etc, you can spike your insulin production and then have nothing left to take up the excess insulin. Throw in some fiber and some good proteins, it should help.

PeytonRiley 2013-09-27 21:43:55 -0500 Report

I'm not on insulin, or any medicine at that.

Debbiejf 2013-09-28 03:57:42 -0500 Report

What are these glucose tablets you're taking? Yes hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are opposites. No matter if you have hypo or hyper you have to watch what you eat. You can't just eat empty carbs, You have to eat proteins…try putting peanut butter on your bagels. You should take something to eat with you to school even if it's a banana or an apple. No one should skip a meal but sometimes its unavoidable so always try to have something with you.

Starry_D 2013-09-27 19:59:45 -0500 Report

How old are you??? Your insulin-carb ratio seems off. If you are on MDI's, you might want to lessen your carb intake and lessen your units… I'm 14, and my ratio is 1-5. I have skipped meals (more than I should) and never gone that low. There are certain times when I can eat that much, but most of the time, I could never do that.. You may want to talk to your endo about changing your insulin…

PeytonRiley 2013-09-27 19:58:08 -0500 Report

I'm kind of confused… I have hypoglycemia.
I got mixed up and thought type 1 diabetes were hypoglycemia. It was the only thing I connected to since my mom has type two, hyperglycemia. I thought they were opposites.

What diabetes are hypo-glycemia? I guess I got mixed up… Can someone help me understand what I have? Hah..

correctionsnurse1 2013-09-30 23:33:16 -0500 Report

You really need to see a physician and identify what is going on. Have you actually been diagnosed with hypoglycemia? Are you monitoring your sugar? You are playing with fire and might get burned if your not careful. Pear do not take this the wrong way, but you rely do need to see a Dr.

jayster 2013-09-28 23:57:25 -0500 Report

Hi Peyton~
I understand your confusion, the terms are similar and not intuitive! You do in fact have hypoglycemia, which is by simple definition low blood sugar, and generally the opposite of diabetes (i.e. 'hyper-glycemia'). That said, people who have Type 1 diabetes and depend on insulin injections such as myself, can have dangerous episodes of low blood sure if we take too much insulin and/or don't eat enough carbs.

In your case, your body makes too much insulin. This occurs in people with hypoglycemia when you eat simple carbs (refined sugars and flour, etc.) because your pancreas goes into overdrive when your blood glucose spikes. With this in mind, work on balancing your diet with complex carbs, proteins, and avoid sugary sweet beverages. Educating yourself as you are here is a great start~!

Type1Lou 2013-09-27 18:28:06 -0500 Report

Hi Peyton! Are you on MDI (multiple daily injections) or do you use an insulin pump? Either way, it sounds as if your carb to insulin ratio needs some examining. The diet you describe is way high in carbs and would put me in the hospital. How do you calculate the dosage of insulin that you take? Your bolus (meal-time) insulin should be based on the number of carbs you are eating and calculated by using a carb to insulin ratio that your doctor helps you figure out…the ratio may be different at different times of day. My carb to insulin ratio is higher in the morning (25 grams of carb to 1 unit of insulin) and gets lower as the day progresses. It periodically needs adjustment as well. As a 14 year old, your body is changing and that may be causing some of the problems. I liked being on MDI since it allowed me to skip a meal…I just didn't bolus at meal-time. With a pump, I have the same flexibility and greater control. Give us more details about what meds you are taking and how you take you insulin (injections or pump) and how you decide how much insulin to take and we may be able to offer additional advice.

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