Dining on Time

If you take diabetes pills or insulin shots, it pays to think about when you'll eat as well as what you'll eat. You can avoid problems with hypoglycemia by planning ahead.

Before You Arrive

If you're eating out with others, ask them to eat at your usual time mealtime.

Make a reservation for your usual mealtime to cut down on how long you need to wait. If the restaurant doesn't take reservations, avoid the times when it is busiest so you won't have to wait. In any case, be prepared for a delay. Have a few crackers with you just in case.

If your lunch or dinner is going to be later than usual, eat a fruit or starch serving from that meal at your usual mealtime. Then, eat your full meal at the later hour.

Talk with your doctor or diabetes educator about how your insulin works and whether you should adjust your insulin doses for eating meals at different times.

When ordering, ask whether "special" dishes will take extra time.

  • Last Reviewed: August 1, 2013
  • Last Edited: June 27, 2014

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