Deck the halls with counting and insulin

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 15:06

It is coming up to the time of year again where we all enjoy the time with family, presents and all the food and drinking. This all sounds great, however for those either with T1 or supporting a child with T1, it can be more daunting than exciting.

Having parties where snacking is normal, preparing for Christmas parties and setting up for a successful New Year’s Eve are all possible and just need some focus and planning.

When I was on MDI I found Christmas to be restrictive because everything was set amounts and there was no such thing as snacking. Now that I am on a pump and carb counting, it is a totally different game. Making smart decisions is still my priority, however management can be easier. I can use small boluses throughout the day or the square wave Bolus when I have a little control and knowledge about what is to come throughout the day. One thing I love about Christmas is that the traditional main course has plenty of low carb options. Whether it is ham, turkey or even prawns here in Aus, you can go for your life. I always am grateful to myself after Christmas when I can think back and know that I made the smart choices.         

Now for those who are able to drink heading towards Christmas and New Year’s, make sure you do so responsibly. Preparing is the same as any night out; never start out with an empty stomach, make smart choices and keep an eye on things. Having my CGM in place and being able to see what is happening on the screen at any one time is a calming presence as it allows me to quickly look down and know what is happening without stopping or interrupting my night. It is also comforting to know that my pump automatically shuts down in the event of an imminent hypo, because a low after drinking can come whilst I’m asleep in the early hours of the morning.

Smart choices, good counting, insulin and a little planning, is all that is needed to make sure your holiday period is only full of good times.

Medtronic Diabetes Australia Ambassador
Living With Type 1 Diabetes 
Living with T1D and a parent of a child with T1D, Gareth enjoys the peace of mind SmartGuard® provides to himself and his family. Gareth also runs his own blog titled “Blood, Needles and occasional Time Loss”.


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