When I get exceedingly low (for me, that’s more rare, now that I wear a CGM) I might eat the proverbial “everything but the kitchen sink” as I give in to the compulsion to eat a ton of carby items. To reduce the likelihood of going too high, sometimes once my head clears, I will calculate how many excess carbs I ate (ie, the carbs eaten that were more than what I should have eaten for the particular low) and then bolus one half of what I’d normally bolus, for those excess carbs. That technique has served me well.
NOTE: I don’t follow the above technique if I’m very active, such as in the middle of yard work (which can take me hours to complete).
As always, YMMV, but at least consider trying it if you find yourself going far too high after you give in to the cravings from severe lows. I don’t find myself with much craving if I’m in the 50’s or 60’s. For me, a severe low is below the mid 40’s. Everyone is different in how their body reacts so just let this be a general guide.
- I:C ratio is 1:10
- I ate 100 carbs but should have eaten just 30 carbs
- 70 extra carbs divided by 2 = 35.
- bolus would be 3.5U