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Type 1 Cheat meals/days and its impact on the blood sugar

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Villovigo, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Villovigo

    Villovigo Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hey everyone,

    Besides being a type 1 diabetic, I workout a lot. I normally hit the gym 5-6 times a week with focus on weight lifting followed by cardio as a finisher.
    Now, I tend to follow a strict diet as it works for me and gets me where I want to be, but I also occasionally desire something different. Still healthy (most of the time), but perhaps a larger amount of carbs or additional topping options in form of bananas, peanut butter or something similar - just to satisfy my needs in those regards.

    However, a few days ago, I had an unusual craving for chocolate, as in; I binged down 150 grams like it was child's play. This for my taste was overboard, and it, naturally, resulted in a higher insulin requirement.

    Normally, even though I eat about 260g of carbs a day, my bolus dosage is typically between 7.0-8.5 units a day, however, after the event previously mentioned, and even though I am back to my normal diet, my insulin requirements are now 12-13 units a day, even though it has been 3 days already. Even though 12-13 unit still aren't a lot, it is a big jump percentage wise from my typical daily requirement.

    My question therefore is; does anyone else experience such differences in blood sugar & insulin levels when doing something out of the ordinary that lingers over multiple days?
     
  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I've never noticed that effect (which doesn't prove anything of course) and my meals and days vary a lot in amount of carbs. I can go for days being pretty low carb and have a couple of high carb days afterwards but I usually still need the amount of insulin I expect.

    Have you considered you might have a cold or other virus going on, increasing your insulin needs?
    Have you had T1 for years or are you recently diagnosed (in which case a honeymooning spluttering pancreas may do funny things)?
     
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