Don't let anyone tell you that you can't have cake at a birthday party or candy on Halloween just because you have diabetes. As long as you plan for it first, you can enjoy birthday cake, ice cream or a candy bar!
- Increase your insulin based on how many extra carbs you'll be eating. Be sure to talk with your D-team regarding your insulin doses for these special occasions.
- Add some extra exercise to your day to help keep your blood glucose down.
- Too many sweets aren't good for anyone. Don't go too crazy!
- Always be sure to discuss your plans with your D-team so they can help you plan ahead.
- Ask your host or hostess what kinds of food they plan to have at the party. This makes planning what and how much you'll want to eat and a lot easier.
- Take a healthy snack with you to share with everyone. Popcorn and reduced-fat chips are always great party foods.
- Take your D-supplies with you to the party and know where it's going to be the whole time you're there.
- Check your blood glucose before the party and even during the party. This might be a good time to show your friends how you check your blood glucose.
- Have your parents' phone number with you so just in case something happens, someone can get in touch with them.
- Take your D-supplies (i.e., meter, glucose tabs, gel or juice) trick -or- treating with you.
- Do your homework first. Look up the carb count of different candies before you go so you know how much you're eating.
- Don't over do it on the candy. Take your time getting through your collection - it won't spoil.
- Adjust your insulin to balance out the candy you do eat.
- Remember to test often and that exercise helps lower your blood glucose.
- Give some of your candy away! No one needs THAT much candy – you could even use it to bribe your brother or sister to do the dishes!
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