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Low carb snacking and type 1

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by helensaramay, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    That is an interesting comment. I have never been advised to snack neither with diabetes or before I had diabetes. And with a pump, the issues you describe are definitely overcome.
    I just find it the way that suits my lifestyle to maintain a healthy body (no problems identified in blood tests, physically active and a stable weight with a BMI of 21) and Hb1AC between 45 and 50.
    The only time I do not snack is after my evening meal - I like to ensure I have no active bolus on board when I go to bed because I fine this can have unpredictable impact to my BG when I am not awake to manage it.

    Are others with type 1 diabetes* advised to snack?

    (*I will continue to fight against being labelled as a "diabetic" or a "T1D". I am a person with the condition; it does not define me ... even in terms of what I eat.)
  2. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think snacking harks back to treatment before carb counting and dosing became prevalent. I think some medical staff are still suggesting this because not up to date. Was told a 10g snack would be fine. (Used to have a small apple during break at work especially during playground duty) ) It wasn’t until I started wearing the Libre I discovered there is no such thing as a free snack. Having said that I’m not really a snacker, never was before diagnosis and certainly don’t now. Most days it is 2 meals a day with a 16 hour gap between main meal and breakfast. No extras!
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  3. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When I was diagnosed back in 1971 I can vaguely remember having to have a "portion" (10g) of carbs between meals and a portion at around 8 pm for supper. Diabetes management was a LOT different back in the olden days lol

    Not been advised to snack in the last 20 odd years thou!
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  4. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    The only time I was advised to snack was when they thought I was a T2 and I was waking up to a high number. I was told to try a carb snack right before bed to see if it would help. (I had already tried a protein snack and it didn’t help). It actually did help my morning numbers but who knows what it did a few hours after I was asleep!

    But otherwise I haven’t been told to snack. I just like too! When I am out and about I usually don’t.
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