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Hi everyone, any advice on... ways to convert the carbs that I eat to the insulin that I take.ive been type one since #### and I've been basically winging it since then. looking for a few pointers

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It is called a carb:insulin ratio. Your doctor should help you establish what it is based on you weight (and then tweak from there). Mine varies from meal to meal but for lunch mine is 7:1. 35 carbs would mean 5 units (+ / - correction for current BG). Winging it is kinda crazy but sounds fun :).

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
Portsmouth, NH
Agreed everyone is different. I've never heard of weight having anything to do with it lol guess you learn something new everyday! I'm super thin and still use a 7.5:1unit or 8:1 ratio ....everyone's body absorbs it differently

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1995.
Toronto, CAN
I don't understand how the doctors didn't explain to you the ABC'S of diabetes. you shouldn't have to wing anything.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2013.
Lambton Shores, CAN
thanks. they have true but I was going through a denial stage and now I've got to bucket down

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
Portsmouth, NH
****good luck to you! Definitely speak with your doctor or diabetes educator about what is right for you!

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Dallas, TX
I am not a doctor, but have been taught by my endocrinologist how to adjust my insulin:carb ratio. 1) Track everything - keep a log book on exactly how many carbs you are eating, how much insulin you are taking, amount of exercise that day, and blood sugars before you eat and 2 hours after you eat. 2) Eat foods that are easy to count carbohydrates. 3) Show a someone close to you your logbook and get an outside opinion on the changes that need to be made. I am willing to help! Just ask.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1975.
Manhattan, NY
Most people also have to calculate high fat intake into carbs such as cheese on pizza. Unfortunately for me, I don't begin to spike after cheese for about 3.5 hours. I am on an insulin pump but an extended or combination bolus isn't quite right for me. The general rule of thumb is the multiply the number of grams of fat by 0.1, that is a rough estimate of how many additional carbs you are consuming. You would bolus again in a few hours to compensate or if on a pump, do a combination bolus.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1975.
Manhattan, NY
CalorieKing is a good iPhone app to help figure out carbs, nothing is perfect. I find package labels can often not be 100% accurate.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1975.
Manhattan, NY
I'm not sure if you are in a pump or CGM but Blip is a new software to combine all your data into one program, there is also a BlipNotes app for your phone. I have started logging everything I eat. When you upload your pump and CGM, it all merges together. It also works with non CGM glucometers. It might help you to put some of the pieces together

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1975.
Manhattan, NY

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