Welcome?

If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Happy Halloween

Pumpking Painting
Halloween, trick-or-treating and candy overload is typically an American tradition. Over the years it has crept it's way abroad to several countries that participate in the fun by dressing up in costumes and enjoying sweet treats.

For a diabetic, this can be a bit of a nightmare - especially if you have to navigate your way around a large variety of candy that you may not typically eat.

Well, good news.  The JDRF has a page that includes typical Halloween candy carb counts!  This is fantastic for Type 1s so we know how much insulin to dose based on our carb to insulin ratios.

For any Type 2s, it can give you some guidance if you have a daily carb target, or just want to be aware of what you are eating.

You can find the page here.

Happy Trick-or-Treating.

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