Tag: insulin

Sick day rules

I have the flu. Or at least something similar that left me in bed with splitting headaches and fever for the past four days. I’m not sure how I managed, considering the lock-down where I don’t see anyone and my only social outings are trips to the supermarket. But then anything is possible. After two…
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Cheese, please!

Charles de Gaulle once asked how you can govern a country that has more than 246 varieties of cheese. He seemed to do alright. Cheese is not only a good source of protein, but it’s also excellent when you’re trying to keep blood glucose stable. Due to its high-fat content, it slows down the absorption…
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Below 7: McDonald’s double cheeseburger (fail)

All the negative things I’ve been reading about McDonald’s made me crave a cheeseburger. It’s strange, I know. I hadn’t had a meal in McDonald’s since before my type 1 diabetes diagnosis two years ago. Now I was having dirty food fantasies about egg mcmuffins, chocolate shakes, and cheeseburgers. I limited myself to a single…
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Do we need carbohydrates to live?

The food we eat has three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – plus some micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. A lot of the energy goes to power our large mammalian brains. We estimate that the brain needs 130g of glucose, the end product of all carbohydrates, per day. We also draw the line for…
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The best basal insulin

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago I’ve taken three basal insulins: Lantus, Toujeo, and Tresiba. For me the winner is Tresiba. I started on Lantus with 12u every night at 11 pm. The problem that soon became evident was nighttime hypoglycemia. I woke up sweating in the 3 mmol/l (54 mg/dl) range.…
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Why do we measure insulin in units?

When I first got diabetes, I found it weird that we don’t deal in milliliters or milligrams as we do with most other drugs. What was the story with the insulin unit? A unit of what? As it turns out, we’re talking about rabbit units.  When Banting and Best were experimenting with insulin in the…
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Below 7: Zoodles Bolognese

My love affair with zoodles continues. One thing I really missed after going on the keto diet was spaghetti bolognese, and zoodles is a tasty low-carb substitute for spaghetti. The best thing is that they don’t spike your blood sugar the way pasta does. Zucchini is a low-carb vegetable with 3g of carbs/100g, and a…
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Alcohol & Type 1 Diabetes

After ten months without alcohol, I fell off the wagon over Christmas. It reminded me of why I stopped drinking in the first place. When everyone had gone home after a successful dinner I drank the rest of an open bottle of wine while feasting on the leftover potato dauphinoise and chocolate-coated walnuts. I then…
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Out of control blood sugars part 2

The results are in! After spending a month de-stressing with action movies on Netflix and John Grisham on the bedside table my blood sugar is back to normal. Changing the amount of basal insulin from 13u to 15u made a difference within a few days. Tresiba is a bit tricky in that it takes a…
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Out of control blood sugars

Diabeteswise, it’s been an awful couple of weeks. It started with a home exam in central-european history, followed by a cold. With stress hormones all over the place, the result was terrible blood sugars. As the cold’s passing and I’ve figured out the long-term consequences of the Munich agreement it’s time to troubleshoot the diabetes…
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