"Total Available Glucose. The premise behind TAG is that a portion of the protein and fat content of the meal will also contribute to carb loading above and beyond the actual carbs in the meal."

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Do you feel like bolusing for carbohydrates alone is not enough? That most of the time when you bolus for carbohydrates alone you are chasing high blood sugars 2-8 hours after eating your meal? I created this group to discuss how to perfect extending our bolus to compensate for the portion of protein and fats that will eventually be converted to glucose.

"The premise behind TAG is that a portion of the protein and fat content of the meal will also contribute to carb loading above and beyond the actual carbs in the meal. Whereas 100% of the carbs are accounted for when calculating the bolus, only a percentage of the protein and fats are expected to be eventually converted to glucose. The carb bolus is delivered immediately and the protein and fat bolus is delivered using the square wave/ extended bolus." -Ricardo

ALL FOODS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL! So why bolus as if they were?

Jump in a discussion or create a discussion of your own! Ask a lot of questions, together we can find the next best thing to a cure for Diabetes.... perfecting TAG (extended bolus)! :)

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Comment by jrtpup on May 22, 2011 at 3:00pm
Oops... here's my line.dex%205-22-11%207am-5pm.doc
Comment by jrtpup on May 22, 2011 at 2:57pm
Here's today's line from the dex. I did TAG (or try to) for bfst on the fly, and obviously got it all wrong. The high of 156 was a real bummer, but I fought myself and didn't correct.
Lunch was a bacon, turkey, parm salad again - somewhat different from yesterday's. Kept the 50% pro/10% fat but did 60/40 over 2.5 hours. I'm really pleased with the result! I'm home now, sitting at a comfortable 87. I did have a small cookie (could't resist!) without bolusing at 4-ish.

Bg I:C cho pro 50% pro fat 10% fat tot bolus
1:00 PM 92 1:11 9 23 12 31 3 24 2.5---2 hrs 60/40

Does it look to you guys as if I got it right for this meal? The only issue I had was sitting in my car with pen/paper doing calculations.
Comment by jrtpup on May 22, 2011 at 4:32am
Nope, no more spikes. I stayed under 120 and pretty flat. Higher than I'd like, but OK. I'll try 60/40 next time and stick with 50%/10% for now. Thanks Ricardo!
Comment by Ricardo on May 21, 2011 at 10:34pm
Hi jrtpup,

The 50/ 50 results look pretty good, especially for a first time attempt. You only had about a 21 point spike. 60/ 40 would be more aggressive, but watch for the early hypos and the late BG rise.

On your salad.rtf, you do look like you may have been getting a rise from 5 - 6 PM. If your BG continued to rise at 7 and 8 PM, 60/40 may accentuate this rise.
Comment by jrtpup on May 21, 2011 at 3:10pm
Oops... salad with turkey, bacon, parm, a few cherry tomatoes, a tbsp of dressing. Nutrition content was listed on the package ;)
Comment by jrtpup on May 21, 2011 at 3:08pm
Here's my first stab at TAGing using math instead of SWAG:

Not too bad, I think, but probably should have used 60/40 instead of 50/50? Input please?
Comment by Kim S. (onesaint) on May 20, 2011 at 12:29pm
JRT, start a thread with examples of what you did and your questions along with that. It will make for a good reference for you and others! =^)
Comment by jrtpup on May 20, 2011 at 12:27pm
OK, I think I'm ready for this. I'll be doing some experimenting in the next few days/week, and I'm sure I'll be here screaming for help!
Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 15, 2011 at 7:28pm
Nope, no holidays or vacations. I tried it -- horrible mistake! And lucky to be alive today! :-) And you're right, most non-D's really don't see anything other than the physical manifestations of testing or taking a shot. They can't see into your mind and the fact that diabetes must always take a portion of your active concentration. Nor can they know how horrible it feels to be very high or very low. But there is no way they CAN know -- so you take what they say and pass it through your own knowledge filter -- keep the good parts and ignore the meaningless parts. As long as you're getting what you need from them, you're free to live your life as you see fit when you're out of their sight!
Comment by Susi (Ladalife) on April 15, 2011 at 6:51pm
Natalie - yes, definitely better, but it's not as easy as non-D medical people may think or tell you. It does require vigilance and unlike other things in life, can you really take a day off or a holiday?

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