I'm allergic to dietitians. They are just so often full of male-cow-excrement. They don't know anywhere as much as they think they do. The drop in a1c and in weight was extremely well done on your part. Keep up the good work. As for the threats she gave you about "all the damage", at your a1c, you are pretty much as safe as you can be (given that you have diabetes). Try not to be negative and don't let nay-sayers discourage you.View Thread
Sorry, but comparing meters to each other is a waste of good money (ie test strips). When you have lab work done, take the meters along and test when the blood is drawn and compare the results. Do this a few times and then you will know how steady and close the meter is to an actual lab value. There is always variability in a single meter, but what you want is consistency. And each meter is different. My oldest Freestyle light (the best one I've had) used to always read 2 - 3% higher than the lab. My "worst" one (which was a pain sometimes for dosing my insulin) ready about 12% high. My current one reads 6 - 7% higher than the lab but it has been consistent the last 5 times I compared it to the lab.
There is always some variability in meters, so it's important to figure out how good the one you are currently using is.
While I have no experience with this precise product, I think that most of us can tell you that supplements targeted towards diabetics are pretty much always a fraud successful only in emptying your wallet. I'd invest the money in some good books on diabetes - Dr. Bernstein has helped many T1s and T2s. Lower carb is the key for many along with exercise, not seaweed.
In addition to calling the doc, my response would be for you to do a bit more research. Adjusting insulin doses is not rocket science. You need to be observant (testing) and need some grade school math. I would suggest the books "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin".
It's been a long time since I tried a CGM (close to 10 years) and I had hoped the technology had improved. But it now seems as though there are just more things to go wrong. I wasn't able to wear my pump on one side and the CGM on the other because my normal sized boobs got in the way and there was no signal. Then, my bg meter (which I knew was always off from teh lab by about 5%) was different from the sensor by about 30% - so I ended up testing more with the CGM. And then it didn't warn me of the couple of lows that I actually had.
Basically I just did well with the pump alone until my pancreas transplant.
Sorry I can't be more help. It didn't work for me. Which one do you have, Dexcom or Medtronic?
Over the years, I've been really restricted due to kidney issues (high potassium can kill you). It takes some effort, but redirecting conversations when people question what you are or are not eating just takes a bit of practice. "Doesn't so-and-so look beautiful?"....."Wasn't that beef tender?"....."What are your plans for the new year?"...
Bottom line is, enjoy the people, enjoy being able to attend, and I wish you the best New Year. So do what you have to do.
Hi there. Your nephrologist is right. I found this to happen back in the days before most of the nephs knew this. The kidney has something to do with the breakdown of insulin (I believe) so you get more bang for your buck. My insulin requirements dropped, I was an insulins sensitive type 1 to start.
I would recommend either of the books "Using Insulin" or "Think Like a Pancreas" and you will get some great, easy to understand info on how to dose and adjust doses given the ever changing nature of both diabetes and kidney disease.
I'm sorry, but as a type 1 diagnosed in 1966, I think you are worrying far too much. There is nothing stopping your son from achieving all his goals in life. He is not going to die an early death unless you didn't teach him to look both ways before crossing the road (along with texting while walking). Sorry if I sound flippant, but my suspicion is that maybe you are putting some limits on him. And as for other people? F-them. If they try to comment or give advice ask them what their qualifications are - CDE? RD? MD? Otherwise you will work with your own medical team to take care of your child.
So, in my mind, what you need to do is that all of the family needs to know what to do. How to test. Count carbs, know insulin to carb ratios, basal rates, etc. Pumpin is amazing and something to consider. And while your son is more than capable of learning what to do to take care of himself, it is also important that you take the burden from him if it becomes too much. Diabetes is a lot of work so if he wants you to give him a shot (especially if he's sick with something), count his carbs, or whatever, make sure you know how to do it.
otherwise, the most important thing you can do is typical parental stuff. Homework, activities, friends, sports, etc.
If you need better info and more detailed, I would suggest the books "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin". It will help you customize his regimes. Also "Pumping Insulin" if you decide to go that route.
Remember, latest studies show that type 1 diabetics live pretty much as long as anybody else. Would you believe that the Joslin center (THE place in the world for diabetes research and info) has 50 and 75 year medalist awards. These are for people who have lived with type 1 for half, or three quarters of a century.