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Hi everyone, any advice on carb counting. Im really new to all this. How do i figure out how much insulin for how many carbs i need?? Im constantly getting hypoglycemia an hour after eating and cant go any lower with my insulin 🙈

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Living with type 1 diabetes since 1988.
Whitehouse, OH
My basic rule of thumb is 15 grams of carbohydrate counts as 1 unit of fast acting insulin. If your active or feeling low lot try 20 grams per unit. Don't be afraid to wait a bit before covering and/or leave some light snacks uncovered. Are you still in the 'honeymoon' period? Do you have an Endocrine or Dietician to work with?

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2017.
Bielawa, POL
Well i found out just over a week ago so i guess i am.. and its not fun! I’ll be seeing a dietician on fri so hopefully can help me out as well. But for now i just feel like the amounts i need are smaller than what i can give my self if thats at all possible..

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1988.
Whitehouse, OH
It absolutely is. Cut back the insulin and cover lightly. Your body will still sporadically produce insulin for some time. My honeymoon lasted almost 6 months and I usually ate extra snacks to cover lows in between regular meals. Sorry about your recent diagnosis, hope we can help. Small moves on insulin and carbs, a lot of trial and error and continuous monitoring and you'll get the hang of what works for you before too long. Many people here are very happy to help, it's a good place to ask questions. Don't hesitate

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2017.
Dubai, ARE
Use this app: HealthifyMe . You can put in what you eat and it wil lgive you the carbs. You must also visit the endo or dietician to learn carb counting as its crucial to insulin intake

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2017.
Dubai, ARE
Switch to a pump instead of the injections as they can give you smaller doses. You are probably in your honeymoon period and therefore need less insulin. If the sugar goes very low after eating- have a fruit immediately

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2017.
Bielawa, POL
Ok so what exactly is this honeymoon period ? Just needing less insulin?

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1988.
Whitehouse, OH
essentially yes. For a time your pancreas will continue to produce insulin. It's a tough time because of the instability. Just have to keep snacks on hand and test often to familiarize yourself with all of your blood sugar symptoms for highs and lows

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