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There are times when you might need a little something extra if you have Type 1 diabetes. 

The amount of snacks you need will depend on your usual eating habits, how much insulin you take and the amount of physical activity you do. Some people like to eat little and often, others only need a snack at bedtime, which helps to prevent night-time hypos


Physical activity

You might well need to have snacks before or after physical activity.

Always take a blood glucose reading before getting active. If your blood sugar levels are low, have a snack before you start. If you are playing a sport for a long time, you may need to test and fix your blood sugar levels during physical activity. 

After you have finished being active, your muscles will carry on using extra glucose. So you might need a good portion of starchy carbohydrate at your next meal such as pasta.

Having a snack after activity can make your blood sugar levels get back in range. Make sure you talk to your nurse or dietitian about what will work best for you and how to manage your blood sugar levels when you're doing exercise. 

Be prepared

Because life is unpredictable and plans change, you should carry some snacks with you just in case you have a hypo, or you test your blood sugar and have to bring them up. 

Fruit and nuts are good to have in your pocket or bag. Always carry some glucose tablets or non-diet soft drink with you as well, in case of a hypo.

Hypo snack

See Hypos for info about how snacks are important in preventing and treating hypos.

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