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5. The cupcake is the unofficial symbol of the diabetes community. Why? Because people with type 1 diabetes CAN eat them as long as they have insulin.
6. When at a birthday party and guessing carb counts, an average homemade cupcake or 3″ piece of cake has approximately 30 grams of carbs.
7. Children with type 1 diabetes often have a bedtime snack that includes protein. Protein and fat help carbs last a little longer rather than spiking quickly.
8. Chocolate is not recommended for treating low blood sugars because the fat slows it down. Sugary candy such as Skittles and Smarties are faster acting.
9. The sugar alcohols in sugar-free candy can cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, especially in younger kids. Regular candy may be a better option with insulin to cover it. It’s a myth that sugar-free is always better for people with diabetes.
10. Keep a running list of the serving sizes and carb counts of foods you eat/serve often so that you don’t have to look them up over and over again.
11. Pre-bolusing, or giving insulin for at least part of the meal up front can help reduce post prandial blood sugar spikes. The goal is to match the peaks of the insulin and the carbs.
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