Can I do this in the morning

By Lizzerd22 Latest Reply 2017-08-25 02:56:49 -0500
Started 2017-08-11 04:47:09 -0500

I am not a morning person and I was wondering if that if I am in a hurry, can I, instead of eating a carb and giving myself insulin and being late, could I just eat something zero or very low carb and run out the door, or is that unhealthy and could it affect me in any way? I am starting school soon and would like to know. I would never really eat breakfast before being diagnosed so this one of my only challenges being newly diagnosed.

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Type1Lou 2017-08-16 12:07:06 -0500 Report

I am assuming you are on injections rather than using an insulin pump? It really depends upon the type of insulin you are taking. If MDI (Multiple daily injections) of fast-acting insulin for meals/correction BOLUSES and one or 2 shots of a long-acting insulin for your BASAL insulin needs, you should be able to do as you suggest, IF your long-acting insulin dosage is correct. (If, on the other hand, you are on NPH insulin, it may be dangerous to skip a meal ) I was on MDI (one shot of Lantus for Basal and multiple shots of Novolog for bolus) until 2011 when I went on an insulin pump. I can now skip meals whenever it suits me and I am not tied to the clock for my meals…which I love. I can temporarily set a lower (or higher) basal rate in my pump as needed to accommodate any activity or illness. Pumping has given me more flexibility and better control with less overall insulin. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions you might have that I might be able to help with.

Lizzerd22 2017-08-25 02:56:49 -0500 Report

Well my blood sugar isn't ever higher than 125 and in the mornings I always find it to be lower than 100 which isn't bad at all, but they told me to give myself one minus unit for all the carbs I when it's lower than 100, so i eat 15 crabs or more, my ratio for carbs to insulin being 10 to 1 unit so I only give myself 1 unit and what i was really wondering was if I can eat about 10 carbs to not give myself insulin and be okay until lunch time. I really try to take care of myself thats why i try to eat lower carb foods.

GabbyPA 2017-08-14 12:33:07 -0500 Report

If you are injecting for your meal and eat a zero carb breakfast, then I would think you would not need to cover anything. You just have to be sure it's actually zero. Now your bolus on the other hand. I would imagine that you could not do without that.
Have you talked to your doctor about getting on a pump? That would take care of things a little more "on the run".

Sadly, as a diabetic, discipline is one thing you will need to grow in and that may mean getting up 10 minutes earlier in the morning to get things done the way they need to be done.