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Fruit and Carbs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathy Dec 11, 2013. 12 Replies

Hello Everyone! I wanted to ask some questions about carbs and fruit. Yesterday I had a large pear for lunch. Looking up the carbs in my book, it says there are 33 carbs for a large pear. I am on a…Continue

Insulin pump question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dec 2, 2013. 11 Replies

I have been wondering how low you can let the insulin in your pump get before you actually have to change the infusion? When mine gets down to 17 units, i start freaking out! Is it safe to let it get…Continue

Those early a.m. highs.....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kimberly Dec 6, 2012. 7 Replies

I have been on the pump for a little over 3 months and with a few changes here and there, I'm doing quite well....except for my overnights. No matter what I eat before I go to bed, how rigid I am in…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Spock Oct 22, 2012. 6 Replies

Ok, i'm a little anxious hearing about these "gushers" from infusion sets. From what I gather, the important thing is to put it in fatty tissue to avoid muscle?? Can gushers occur for any other…Continue


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Cathy replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"I just went to my doctor yesterday and my A1C was 5.7. Before using the pump, i would be in the 7's to upper 6's. Just more control. My shot regiment was 3 fast acting insulin shots and the overnight was long lasting. I never counted…"
Dec 11, 2013
Annabella replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"The pump improved my A1C significantly, I went from about 8.0 to my current 6.2 & I have been down to 5.9. Before I was on the pump I swung between highs in 300s to lows in 30s, now I very rarely have a reading above 200, still too many 40s but…"
Dec 10, 2013
FHS replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"Another thing to consider is that Fructose is not Glucose. There is some evidence that circulating fructose lowers insulin requirements. All I know is that it's always hit and miss with me when it comes to dosing for fruits."
Dec 10, 2013
Jen replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"Funnily enough, for me weighting food makes me feel more normal. If a food isn't packaged, I can weigh it and then multiply it by its carbohydrate factor. No need to deal with looking up information in databases (unless it's an unfamiliar…"
Dec 10, 2013
Zoe replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"I don't weigh either - trying to reduce the amount of time and energy spent on D. Plenty of resources for carb counts and weight needs translation. Plus, as Jag says, trial and error works well as I eat fruit regularly. Just FYI I count a…"
Dec 10, 2013
Cathy replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"Thanks for all the replies. I will have to start weighing my fruit is what it sounds like. I never thought that my insulin would hit me before the fruit got into my system. I was not hungry so the pear is all I ate for lunch. Of course, i am seeing…"
Dec 10, 2013
Spock replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"For me, it depends on the fruit. Oranges are impossible, as are grapes and cherries. Just too much sugar into my system I think my bolus problems come from trying to determine the "size" of the serving. Is it small, medium, or large?"
Dec 10, 2013
Jen replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"Agree, I weigh my fruit whenever possible and calculate with an exact weight. Otherwise it's pretty hard to judge what is large or small."
Dec 10, 2013
still_young_at_heart replied to Cathy's discussion 'Fruit and Carbs'
"I eat a lot of fruit and I rarely crash because of it. However, I weigh all my fruit on a gram scale and use the exact weight to calculate my bolus. Maybe your "large" wasn't as large as large?"
Dec 10, 2013
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Fruit and Carbs

Hello Everyone! I wanted to ask some questions about carbs and fruit. Yesterday I had a large pear for lunch. Looking up the carbs in my book, it says there are 33 carbs for a large pear. I am on a pump so I used the bolus wizard to calculate my insulin dosage. I had planned on checking my sugar after 2 hrs and got involved in my work and forgot. Ended up crashing and going off into my altered universe as I call it. So does everyone find that they need to take less insulin then is prescribed…See More
Dec 10, 2013
Dave replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"And there's the glaring disadvantage of the Omnipod right there -- no separate infusion set, so if a site is bad for some reason, the entire pump get's discarded.In cases where the pod has to be removed and discarded before all insulin has…"
Dec 2, 2013
Dave replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"Interesting discussion, and one of those things that is dramatically different between the Omnipod and tubed pumps. With the pod, I always use every last drop of insulin. Including the little "extra" not accounted for by the pump itself…"
Dec 2, 2013
Ruth replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"I use a medtronic 523, and there is usually about 10 or so units left when the pump reads zero. So if I'm going to bed and I've only got,say, 6 units left, I leave the change until the morning. Also, if I've only got 30 units left in…"
Dec 2, 2013
Jen replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"I think the "10 units left" thing depends on the pump. When my Cozmo ran out, it had 10-15 units left still, so I frequently would just leave it another few hours. When my Animas runs out, it's truly empty and if I leave it my blood…"
Nov 28, 2013
Nell replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"I have no idea what the issue would be with a zero reading before changing the pump supplies. Mine runs out most of the time because I don't like to waste insulin as it is too expensive to treat it like water. I have mine set to alarm at 5…"
Nov 28, 2013
Tom S replied to Cathy's discussion 'Insulin pump question'
"Keep in mind that your infusion set and reservor do not have to be changed at the same time. Infusion sets are best changed ever 48 to 72 hours to avoid infections etc. Some folks use reservor for four or five days until it is empty. My reservors…"
Nov 28, 2013

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At 8:08am on August 30, 2013, Linda G said…

Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
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Hope your birthday brings all these and more.

At 4:27am on August 30, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Cathy: your pictures really caught my attention. What wonderful looking little ones. They really are good looking children.

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At 4:26am on August 30, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Cathy Happy Birthday!!! Here is wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday. I hope the coming year will be full of blessings, joy and the wonderful love of family and friends.

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Welcome to the family!! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of what you will learn is that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and vent to, if needed.
At 11:46am on October 16, 2012, Marie B said…

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