Can I Still Eat Marshmallows??{Understanding Type 1 Diabetes + Diabetes FAQ}

Hi there, marshmallows!



Wait. Back up. That just sounds…extremely disturbing. Let’s rephrase that:


So read more of this little FAQ to find out! If you have more questions, feel free to leave a comment.

iuQ: Can You Still Eat Marshmallows?

A: Well, my friend, let’s see!

First, I look at the package to try to find the nutrition information. I look at the box marked ‘Total Carbs’. (As in Carbohydrates) This package says that a 2/3 cup of marshmallows is 24 carbs.

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Now, I’m going to figure out how many marshmallows I am going to have. I am going to have 2/3 of a cup of mini marshmallows. Let’s say that my blood sugar (glucose level) is 203. (That’s a little bit high, but not to bad.) So, I will need 1 unit of insulin for a correction to help lower my blood sugar. If I use the 1 to 20 ratio, I will need 1 1/2 units of insulin. (I am adding an extra half unit because marshmallows are very high sugar.)

Next, I do my injection! Then I wait 5-10 minutes, and then I can eat!

So, yes, I can eat marshmallows. I just have to plan ahead!iu

Q: Is type 1 diabetes contagious?

A: No, diabetes is NOT contagious. You are actually born with it, but it stays dormant until a certain point in your life (usually at age 7-12.)iu

Q: What does T1D stand for?

A: T1D is an abréviation for Type 1 Diabetes.iu

Q: How many types are there? Could I get Type 16 diabetes?

A: First of all, Type 16 diabetes is non-existent. Just to clear things up. There are only 3 types: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.iu

Q: What is the difference between the three types?

A: (Sourced from The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter Handbook)

Type 1 Diabetes:

-Occurs in 10% of diabetes cases

-Usually in children or young adults

-Pancreas produces little or no insulin. Daily insulin injections (or use of an insulin pump) are necessary, as well as matching pre-meal insulin to the amount of carbohydrate eaten, and weight control or regular physical activity.

Type 2 Diabetes:

-Occurs in 90% of diabetes cases

-Occurs mainly in adults – particularly in overweight or inactive persons

-Insulin is produced but body cells resist it’s action and glucose can not enter cells

-Usually treated with meal planning and physical activity. Sometimes requires medication (pills or insulin).

Gestational Diabetes:

-Occurs in some women during pregnancy. It usually disappears after the baby’s birth.

-Women who have had gestational diabetes still have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years. One in 3 do.

-Requires wight control, a healthy lifestyle and regular medical checks during and after pregnancy.iu

Q: What is pre-diabetes?

A: Pre-diabetes is when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be called diabetes. If you are pre-diabetic you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. iu

Q: Why do you have to take insulin shots?

A: Because I have type 1 diabetes, I have to take insulin shots because my pancreas no longer makes insulin. Insulin is what helps absorb carbs and sugar.iu

Q: Do they hurt?

A: No, but they poke a little.iu

Q: What the heck are you doing?

A: I’m checking my blood sugar, thank you, now move along and stop making me uncomfortable.iu

Q: How do you check ketones?

A: Umm…You pee on a stick. (Ok, TMI!)iu

Q: What are symptoms of type 1 diabetes?

A: Frequent urinating, fatigue, increased thirst, increased hunger, and extreme weight loss. (Increased hunger and weight loss can be mistaken for a growth spurt.) However, they can vary from person to person; I also experienced bloodshot eyes and behavioral changes. iu

Q: Did you almost die?

A: Why are you so dramatic, random person who asks a lot of questions? No, I did not almost die but it felt like it.iu

Q: How long were you in the hospital?

A: I was in the ER for a few hours, the ICU for 1 day and one night, and the patient ward for 4 days and 3 nights. iu

Q: Why do you have to carry that ugly camouflage-colored bag everywhere?

A: It holds my insulin pens, glucose monitor, test strips, ketone strips, Glucagon, emergency Skittles (yes, 15 Skittles help treat low blood sugar!), and diabetes log. So basically it holds my survival tools. XDiu

Q: Are you sad that you have diabetes?

A: I’ve had moments here and there where I’m sad and think why me? but I’m mostly just grateful that we know what’s wrong now. I know that God has a purpose for me and he gave me this disease for a reason. And someday, there will be a cure. iu

Important: Also, can I please ask you to NOT TALK ABOUT MY DIABETES on any other website besides my own. Not mentioning any names here, but I have had several people reply to my comments on their websites with “How are you doing with the diabetes?” I don’t mind you asking me that, but I told you guys about it because I trust my followers. I have no idea who is following your blog, and I don’t exactly want you announcing to a whole Google+ community that I have diabetes. *ahem ahem* This is your cue to delete that! It is okay to reblog these posts, as long as you have my permission! Also, I would like to keep all of the diabetes questions on diabetes-related posts. Thank you!


Thank you guys so much for all of your prayers and support. Ya’ll rock!



Published by hannah rose

Hey there! I'm a teen Christian girl who loves ballet. I'm super passionate about encouraging positivity and creativity in others' lives. Thanks for stopping by!

45 thoughts on “Can I Still Eat Marshmallows??{Understanding Type 1 Diabetes + Diabetes FAQ}

  1. This is such an amazing post. I never knew a lot about diabetes and now I really know. I’m so amazed that you trusted in God through all of this. I know it must be hard! I’ll be praying you! 😉 Keep up the amazing posts.
    -Rose ❤

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  2. This was so educational, what a great post! My grandpa had diabetes, my mother-in-law had gestational and now has type 2, and one of my sorority sisters has type 1. I loved reading it from your perspective, though. You go, Emmie!

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  3. I am so happy that you are grateful that you know what is up, and you are not just sad about having diabetes. That is really inspiring! (Sorry if this sounds cheesy or dumb.) Thank you for sharing about this, because a lot of bloggers probably wouldn’t. 🙂

    AGs in Alaska

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  4. This post was super helpful, I hadn’t known the difference (whoops)! I am praying for you and totally understand that you want to keep this close!! I’m glad that you do share this that we can encourage you if you need it!! You go girl!

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  5. I CAN’T EAT MARSHMALLOWS, WAAAAAH!! I eat keto, so I don’t eat carbs at all. (Well, technically, I eat under 20 carbs a day, which means there’s no room for marshmallows…) I can eat sugar-free gummy bears, though! And I literally just ate butter and cheese for a snack, hehehe.


    1. THAT’S SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait! Wait! Maybe if you just had like 1/3 of a cup marshmallows and you could eat cheese sticks and sugar free gummy bears for the whole rest of the day!! XD

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      1. Okay, I’ve got it now-if I eat a 1/4 cup of marshmallows, I’ll be ok, just as long as I only eat butter the rest of the day. Which isn’t so different from what I’m doing now, which is eating peanut butter out of the jar. XD

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        1. XD Maybe that could work! As long as you’re not too hungry…XD Cheesesticks and pretty much all kinds of meat are great zero carb options, too, although I’m not really sure exactly what the keto guidelines are…

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            1. Awesome! Then eat all the bacon!!! XD XD I think I might be mildly dairy intolerant because dairy makes me a little bloaty, but I think I would STARVE if I couldn’t eat my precious cheese sticks! (and ice-cream. Ice-cream is good too.) (But stay away from the KRAFT kind, ew! They taste like chewy chicken for some gross reason.)

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              1. YESSSS BACON!! I would have eaten a bunch this morning, but I gave up eating meat on fridays for Lent. I’m mildly lactose intolerant, but lactose is a sugar in milk, and it isn’t in cheese, so cheese probably won’t bother you. Ew, the Kraft kind is DISGUSTING, and did you notice they have more carbs than other brands? I think put in flavoring or something, yuck!

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  6. This was very interesting to see! I really thought that it was cool how you told us how you could determine the number of marshmallows you could eat. Also, I recently linked to your first diabetes post. Do you want me to take the link down?

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