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.
September 17, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Salamanca, New York, USA:
My 13 year old son has diabetes, we space his meals two and a half hours apart, and we are thinking about increasing them to three hours apart. How far apart should meals and snacks be spaced?
There is no fixed ‘rule’ for spacing meals/snacks over the day that can be applied to every person with diabetes. Normal caloric daily intake should be split into three main meals and as many snacks are needed taking into consideration either your son’s insulin regimen as well as physical exercise. As a rule of thumb, a lag time of al least three hours between meals is generally more physiologic. Last but not least, any individual application must be based upon lots of blood sugar readings before and after meals to see how any spacing actually works, make further adjustments, etc.