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September 30, 2014
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In Defense of Guessing and Carbs


There are a lot of things in our lives that require guessing. There are few things in everyday life considered an exact science, particularly when it comes to diabetes. If you're a person with diabetes and/or a person who regularly reads this site, you know that what works for one person with diabetes may or may not work for someone else with diabetes. Not only that, but there are so many factors that influence our individual diabetes -- right down to the weather! -- that what worked for ME yesterday may or may not work for me today.

 

So when someone tells me to adhere to some of the basic principals of diabetes management -- like testing before eating (which I admittedly don't always do, but don't necessarily need a lecture on), and talking with a diabetes educator -- I actually get a little offended. I'm far from perfect, and heaven knows I don't know everything when it comes to diabetes. I do, however, feel like I know my body pretty well.

 

Yesterday's post about delaying my lunchtime bolus and still feeling low before the meal was over was not a commentary on a typical meal time for me. If what happened yesterday happened every day instead of the roughly three times TOTAL that it has ever happened, then I'd definitely know that I needed to adjust my insulin:carb ratio and that something needed to change.

 

As it stands now, this going-low-while-eating-phenomenon is a blip on the radar screen and not something that indicates a problem with my blood sugar management.

 

Furthermore, I'm making diabetes fit into my life and my lifestyle, not allowing diabetes to take over my life. So if I choose to eat carbs, I shouldn't need to take any flak for it.



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