Here is the answer to your question about getting the BS to stay stable after meals without crashing later.....for us, it is a simple 15 min prebolus if blood sugar is 90-100. No basal reduction or fancy tricks, but Maddison also doesn't eat any high GI foods for breakfast, no cereal especially, and she typically eats the same 3 choice breakfasts during the school week so I have had alot of experience with which breakfasts need how much of a pre-bolus. (I guess her picky eating isn't so bad after all because it makes numbers much easier to figure out!)
*Normally* Maddison wakes up around 120-160 and she gets a standard 15 min prebolus for breakfast. At the 1hr post prandial mark she will be around 180 if she starts off in this range. I guess she typically is about 40 pts higher than the starting number at 1 hour after eating. This of course, happens only when our numbers havent had any highs streaks at all. As in, it doesn't happen all that often! Maybe half the days in a school week. (I only know this because she was complaining of feeling low in the mornings RIGHT as the school bell rang, so I started checking her to show her the number before she went into the classroom.) I think what Maddison eats for breakfast is a really good balance of protein and non-spiky foods for the AM hours. Today she had a less carby breakfast of 3 slices of whole wheat toast with cinnamon and Splenda and 1 cup of SF chocolate milk. She isn't a fruit eater either, unfortunately! If I could add in fruit to her breakfast I am sure she would have a much higher spike! Todays carb count for breakfast came in at 45c vs the normal pancakes w/ SF syrup and PB on top with SF chocolate milk that has about 60c. I dont know HOW we actually have these "stable" no spike mornings sometimes, but, we do. And no, we have never had a CGMS for backup. I think it is a good pre-bolus, balanced meal and LUCK! Hope that helps!
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