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How do you treat hypos right before a meal?

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by TashT1, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. TashT1

    TashT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m heading into hypo territory right before tea, I should be eating in about 30 mins. But I’m at 5mmol & dropping, usually I’d nudge this up with a slice of toast but I’m going to eat soon & I feel ok.

    When I bolus (novorapid) for my meal do I inject less because I’m likely to be less than 5 by the time I need to take insulin to cover the meal?
     
  2. ert

    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You could start your meal with some carbohydrates, like a small apple or some blueberries, if you are worried.
    Hypos are below 3.5 mmol/l so for me, I run my blood sugars between 4 to 5 mmol/l before meals.
     
  3. TashT1

    TashT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks I usually feel it if I’m below 5. I’ll eat a small amount of carbs to nudge it up since I’m the one cooking.

    Would you bolus as usual? Or does putting insulin into the mix when low cause more risks of going low again? My meal is 35g carbs so I’d usually take 5u
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If I'm worried about the protein content or fat content in my meal and a delay in the carb release, I sometimes split my dose and using your example take 3 u to start with and 2 u with my blood sugars start to rise. This is a sure way to avoid a hypo at the start of a meal.
     
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  5. Lowcarb 2

    Lowcarb 2 Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    I eat three jelly babies or try a small can of coke or if you feel fine eat your meal and then do your insulin so it has something to work with
     
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