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When someone with type 1 diabetes will be eating at least one meal while out, what should they do? Take their kit with them and test and inject insulin in the restroom before eating?

Yes, that is fine. We all differ in our need for privacy, or our level of comfort. If you are taking rapid acting insulin (lispro, aspart, glulisine), you want to wait until the food is served. Short acting insulins (Humulin, Novolin, Velosulin) should be injected 30 minutes prior to meal. Pre-mixed insulins vary on when they should be injected, so read the insert or ask your doctor or pharmacist when to take. If food is delayed and you have already taken your insulin, be sure to have glucose tablets or other fast acting carbohydrate available, such as juice or crackers

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