The Chinese Food Effect: A Story

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Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
The Chinese Food Effect

Thought I'd share a story....

Ate Chinese buffet last night: egg rolls, s&s chicken balls, fried rice, Singapore noodles, garlic spare ribs and 1/2 a fortune cookie. Can't remember the last time I ate this kind of food but, it's been years nonetheless.

As many of you know, I'm a Type 1, insulin-dependant diabetic. I count my carbs and inject NovoRapid when I eat. (There's is a belief that Type 1s can eat anything they like as long as the carb count is accurate and insulin injected accordingly - LOL). I had to guess the carb count but I thought I was pretty accurate. Here's what happened:

- Pre-meal BGL = 10.0/180, (yes, on the high side but, not too high considering the day I had).
- Injected 8 units of insulin to cover 56 grams of carbs (1:8, I:C ratio), plus one extra unit to bring me down a peg (a correction unit).
- Tested 2 hours after eating; BGL = 10.2/185. Great! A 2-hour post-prandial that's around the same as the pre-meal reading indicates that my "counting" was on-track. Didn't do any exercise, just watched TV. Then I fell asleep (all that hard work sitting on my butt :-).
- When I awoke 2 hours later, feeling like I'd taken sleeping pills or something, I knew I was in trouble.
- Tested (which would be about the 4 hour mark post-prandial and about the time my insulin wears off), and just about fell off my chair to see a BGL of 30.0/540!!
- NovoRapid of 10 units to bring me down.
- Tested 2 hours later and BGL was at 9.0/162. Wow! 20 points in 2 hours, with about 2-3 hours left of insulin still "on-board".
- It's 1:30 in the morning now and at the rate I'm dropping, I don't want to fall asleep and wake up suddenly low (or not wake up at all). I drink 10 grams of juice carbs and eat 14 grams of sugar carbs (erring on the side of caution, especially at this hour).
- Awoke this morning to 11.0/196 (and feeling like I'd run a marathon - wonder why, LOL).

Morale of the story (for me anyway)? Certain combinations of foods (high carb, high fat), that particularly take a LOOOONG time to metabolize, can affect the body for many hours. These combinations (chinese buffet, pizza, etc.), require testing at the 2, 3, & 4-hour marks to really see how it's metabolized. Had I done that, I certainly would have caught my blood sugar rising before it hit the ridiculous levels :-( Hopefully I'll have everything back under control by lunch. Sigh.

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 4/10/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Aww gee, Kris, you've been through the mill.  So many factors involved, too.  Suppose you went walking in some public gardens or the mall after eating, then it might have been different?  In any case, you were prepared.  All the wiser, too.

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Of course! How could I be so silly? I just realized it was a full moon yesterday. Darn it all, I'd forgotten to take that into consideration in my calculations :-)

Yes, with diabetes there is always learning and "it's impossible for man to learn what he thinks he already knows".

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/13/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris,
Not to mention the MSG hangover you still are working out of your system... But, ahhhh! I do so love the buffet! I'm now down to once every three months or so because of my past indiscretions and I notice the stupifying effect of the buffet even more. (sigh!) Wish I had better self control when it came to pot stickers and egg rolls...
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


uc/diabetes girl
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
HI,
One way to have your proverbial cake and eat it too - almost -- is to use an insulin pump where you can program a dual bolus -- insulin up front and the slowly dispensed over 3 hour or whatever you program time period. Oh course the pump is not for everyone.
uc/diabetes girl
Insulin pump/cgm, 6 mp, asachol, asulfidine, folic acid, lipitor, remicade, lexapro

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