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Diabetes Library: Care of Diabetes

When Should I Eat?



In order to maintain normal glucose levels, it is important to

• Eat about the same amounts of food each day.

• Eat your meals and snacks at about the same times each day.

• Do not skip meals or snacks.

• Take your medicines at the same times each day.

• Exercise at about the same times each day.

Why Should I Eat About the Same Amount Each Day?

The food you eat turns into sugar and travels to your blood. This is called blood sugar. Your blood sugar goes up after you eat.

Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level by eating about the same amounts of food at about the same times each day.

Your blood sugar will not stay at a healthy level if you eat a big lunch one day and a small lunch the next day.

Eat about the same amounts of food each day to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

Why Should I Eat at About the Same Times Each Day?

Eating at about the same times each day helps you keep your blood sugar from getting too high or too low.

Eating at about the same times each day also helps your diabetes medicine keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

Eat at about the same times each day.

What Times Should I Take My Diabetes Medicines?

Talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about the best times to take your diabetes medicines.

Here are some hints:

• Diabetes pills: Take these before you eat.

• Regular, NPH, or Lente insulin: Take this 30 minutes before you eat.

• Humalog insulin lispro: Take this just before you eat.

 

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Reprinted with permission from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse





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