From Youngstown, Ohio, USA:
My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed in March 2003 with type 1 diabetes and now takes five and a half units of Lantus at bedtime, along with Humalog with each meal, at a rate of 1 unit per 15 grams of carbohydrates. She is physically disabled, but recently she began using an exercise bike to increase her physical activity. If she were to eat a small snack consisting of 20-30 grams of carbohydrates, is it possible to exercise enough to avoid hyperglycemia, or would she still need to inject a small amount of insulin for her body to use the food properly?
Food does need to be covered by insulin but the Lantus basal insulin may do the job very adequately. The nature of the snack will be important, too, with the carbohydrate type and content being the critical factor. However, the definitive way to answer the question is to check her blood glucose before and one hour after and discuss the results with your diabetes team.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:56
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.