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Granny has type 1 diabetes and gets two shots a day. If her sugar is 116 before eating and she takes in 34 carbs and no sugars, does she need a shot?

A person with type 1 diabetes needs insulin each time carbohydrates are consumed. Our body breaks down all carbohydrate foods into sugar so our body can use it for energy. If 34 grams of carbohydrate is a lesser amount than she normally consumes, the insulin dose needs to be adjusted accordingly. Check with the doctor or nurse for the guidelines in doing so.

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