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.
November 29, 2002
Question from Australia:
My specialist advised that I should always give myself the minimum dose (currently 6 units) of Humalog per meal, but when I told him I become seriously hypo about an hour after I choose to eat very light meals such as salads he just said to "eat more food". Why should I "eat more food" than everybody else? I adjust my insulin up if a meal requires it, why not down? Also, since developing type 1 diabetes, for the first time in my life I have to watch my weight.
Your question reminds me that you would benefit from learning how to carbohydrate counting. We have our patients take their rapid-acting insulin based on counting the servings of carbohydrates and using a ratio of units per carb serving. For instance, if you were taking 2 units per carb serving, you would take 8 units for four carb servings. This gives you the opportunity to adjust at any meal, in either direction. I would have you check with your local diabetes care team, dietitian, or physician regarding this type of system.