Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 13, 2006
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Elkins, West Virginia, USA:
If you eat a snack with fewer than five grams of carbohydrates, which has no affect on blood sugars, how long after that can you eat another snack with fewer than five grams of carbohydrates and still not affect blood sugars?
A snack of five grams actually does have an effect on blood sugars, albeit a minimal effect. Multiple repeated five gram snacks in a short period of time will have a compounded effect on blood sugars and likely will require some insulin. There is no real set criteria or protocol for this, but my general advice would be that if your snacking totals 15 grams or more within 20to 30 minutes, you should likely consider taking a dose of rapid acting insulin.