Binge Eating During a Low

I would be lying if I said I always treat a low blood sugar level with a healthy glass of orange juice. A low gives me the opportunity to enjoy something sweet and for a good reason—to save the day!

Bring on the cookies, Twinkies, and full-sugar jam with a spoon (yes, that really is one of my choices!). But once I get started, sometimes I can’t stop. I often slip into panic mode where I will attack-eat to avoid getting into a dangerous hypo.

But it’s important not to lose my head during a low. I need to be sure I take pauses. Treat the low, and then… pause. Wait. If necessary, treat again, and then… pause. This approach works much better than the aftermath of looking more like Cookie Monster covered in crumbs from head to toe!

The less junk food I have in the cupboards, the better choices I make during a low. What about you? How do you, or someone you know with type 1 diabetes (T1D), handle or avoid binge eating during a low?

Comment below and tell us.

Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.

Photo credit: Mike Lawson Photography

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