Your eating Schedule ( Diabetes )
Your eating schedule relies on a number of different factors: the type of diabetes you have, your medications, your physical activity, and your blood glucose level before and after you eat.
An registered dietitian can help you decide how often you should eat, but keep these basic guidelines in mind:
If you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 using insulin: Always have food in your system when your insulin is peaking. Try eating three meals a day and an evening snack. If you use regular insulin, always wait 30 minutes to eat after the injection. If you start eating before your insulin peaks, you may have higher blood glucose levels after your meal. If you take two injections of short- and intermediate-acting insulin, however, you may need three meals and three snacks. If you use rapid-acting insulin, always eat within 15 minutes of taking your insulin. (If you’re physically active, you may also need a snack.)
For type 2: Eat a small meal every 2 to 3 hours. When you eat smaller amounts of food, your blood glucose levels are lower after eating. Mini-meals spread over the day may help control your hunger and calorie intake, leading to better blood glucose control and weight loss.