I’m wondering how many among us have tried UCAN products with the Livesteady slow release carbs for preventing hypoglycemia? My doctor recommended it to me and I just purchased some protein powder and energy bars to try, but I’m a little confused about how to bolus for them.
Background: I’ve been struggling with blood sugar management, particularly while at work, for a few years now. My days are usually physically demanding (walking up to 20,000 steps a day, in all weather; lots of heavy lifting as well), but otherwise unpredictable. Sometimes all the hard work is before lunch, sometimes it’s after. Sometimes my work day starts at 7 am, other days it starts at 10:30 am. Sometimes lunch is at noon, sometimes at 3:30 pm. Not having a routine is making it hard for me to see patterns and make adjustments to my insulin doses. And I’m on MDI (taking Lantus 2x/day and Humalog), so my options are somewhat limited. No extended blousing for me. No computer algorithms to help. (I tried a pump in 2020; it was painful, so I quit in 2021.)
Anyway, a couple things I have noticed recently… My blood sugar’s almost always high when I have breakfast (due to dawn phenomenon/feet on the floor syndrome. I’ve been dealing with it for decades and I have bigger fish to fry right now.) Then it drops slowly until lunchtime. Usually it’s on target at noon, but sometimes it goes low between 10 and noon. Then it often plummets shortly after noon. It often roller coasters throughout the afternoon. Yesterday it stayed low for several hours despite multiple packets of skittles and a bottle of lemonade. Occasionally it sky-rockets in late evening and then my blood sugar’s high at dinner.
So my doctor recommended UCAN to prevent the midday and afternoon lows. I’m thinking I’ll have an energy bar with lunch and maybe try making smoothies for breakfast with the protein powder. I’m concerned about the “slow-release” carbohydrates, though. I’m worried that if the carbs in UCAN take longer to digest than normal, then all I’m going to accomplish is shifting the timing of the lows. The last time I tried smoothies and parfaits for breakfast (no unique ingredients just nuts and/or beans, fruit, and Icelandic yogurt), my morning blood sugars went on a crazy roller coaster ride. So does anyone have any experience with UCAN? How should I expect these products to digest and interact with my Humalog?