Diagnosed in south korea

im here teaching english, just got diagnosed last month… started with novomix and now im on lantus and apidra…

everythings goin fine, but i thought you all might be curious, my endo (who is a korean, though he speaks fluent english and all that) said koreans generally don’t even bother counting carbs even when doing mdi, because its so difficult with korean food. theres always a dozen different things at every meal. sounds a little crazy or is that just me? very difficult to work it out… also the lack of the normal variety of foods you get in western supermarkets makes it difficult to find low carb versions of anything (a lot of things aren’t labeled in the first place). ill persevere hehe

also, insulin here is almost totally covered by the national health insurance, but they give you zilch for test strips

You should talk to Amylia Grace, she spent a couple of years in Taiwan as a T1 diabetic.

So how do you calculate how much insulin to take for food? do you take your shot after you eat based on the amount eatin?

well, i mostly eat foreign food anyway, i cook my own stuff and i can keep that pretty well… when i do eat out, ive gotta kind of wing it a little bit but actually most of the different dishes dont have too any carbs… the main factor is sticky rice… one bowl of it (they give you a bowl of it with everything) is 60 or 70, which is not great.

Hi Sam

I’m thinking of teaching English overseas, so I’d love to hear more about your experiences in Korea. I have a lot of friends who are in Taiwan at the moment. How difficult is it to find Western-style foods? I’m most worried about the food…

Hi there - I grew up eating Korean food all my life (me being Korean, haha) but I live in the U.S. - it is extremely difficult to not eat Korean food because I love it. Basically, if you’re eating out, I would only eat chicken dishes or beef dishes with lettuce wraps and avoid the gochujang (it has some carbs in it). It is sad, a typical Korean meal consists of about 80% carbs, sigh.