First what type of insulins are you on? Lantus/levemir can burn as it has a different ph. Also, is your insulin cold? If you inject directly out of the fridge it can burn too. A bottle is good for about a month once opened, whether or not it is refrigerated. So I always left my in a drawer in the kitchen.
I don't particularly like it, myself. You can pretty much eat anything you want with type 1. Within reason of course given your weight and activity level. Simply count the carbs, and take the required amount of insulin based on what you eat.
If you are looking for info about handling things, I would recommend the 2 books "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin". They are "bibles" to insulin users.
I have seen more and more stuff about diabetics being able to lose weight better by doing a higher fat, lower carb diet and maintaining good control. I was never extreme - I did about 100 g of carb per day and didn't concern myself with fat. I had good chl numbers and everything seemed to be ok. I would look into some lchf (low carb, high fat) info but find what works for y ou best. I have read Dr. Bernstein's diabetes solution but could never be that radical. But it is a good starting place. \
When I gained a lot of weight after my kidney transplant (due to eating indulgences) I did manage to take wieght off by cutting carbs.
For some scholarly articles, you can simply google "metformin for type 1 diabetes". There is a mixed bag as they worry about dka and lactic acidosis (rare) in combination.
If you check out dLife, or Diabetes Daily you will find someone named Richard who has had type 1 for almost 70 years and is a type 1 on metformin. It's worked quite well for him helping him with control and weight loss.
Hi Frazzled/Danielle. I did have to lose a lot of weight at one point, but was not as physically active as you and also found that simply by limiting my eating I lost some. My issues were different than yours though.
If you don't mind my asking, how much insulin are you taking? There is something called "double diabetes". It is a T1, who also has insulin resistence which is characteristic of T2. I know of a few type 1s who were able to take less insulin and lose weight by being given metformin. Do you see an endo? Maybe you could discuss this. Part of your weight issues might be the insulin resistance and it becomes a vicious circle - each causing the other.
Hi Amber. Sorry for the delay in responding. I just saw this. I did answer your post on the T2 board. If you are looking for a large group of T1s, try Diabetes Daily . There are a ton of us over there and are pretty supportive. Not only just a very active T1 forum, but a lot of stuff you can get from T2s as well.
There are nice people here too, but not so many of us and we don't always post that often.
It is possible that due to your age and hormones, you have developed insulin resistance. Some docs will prescribe metformin to help, or others simply say to take more insulin. At your age, my insulin requirements were all over the map. I had to take a lot more than I did before for the same amount of carb. Do you carb count? What is your insulin to carb ration as that may change too. Basically, as you mature, you are going to have to do a lot of insulin adjustments and at some parts in your life you may have to take a lot more than you did before. This doesn't mean you are getting "worse", it just means your requirements have changed.
I would strongly recommend the books "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin". Both will give you a good grasp on dosing and hopefully you will be able to help yourself during this phase. Don't be surprised if you end up taking a lot less (as I did) when you hit about 20 or so.
All meters are pretty much the same. Each individual meter (even in a given product line) will be different from others. The trick is to find what your insurance covers and pick one who's features and size you like. Then take it to the lab (not the doc's office) and test when you have your blood taken and compare the results. This way you will find out how accurate your meter is. Do this a few times to see how consistent it is too.
You mean aside from the fact that my high school friend has cancer? Sorry, I just found out - she was a smoker. It's not only a stupid habit, it's expensive.
I drank while in high school and university. You always need to make sure that you have some plain carbs (candy or whatever) because alcohol can cause your blood sugar to drop. Make sure that you test a lot. Drinking to excess is more of a problem than a beer or two. You can get into a heap load of trouble if people think you are drunk when in fact you are low.
There's nothing wrong with having a few drinks. Getting drunk is more dangerous for us, so be careful. Do your friends know how to take care of you in an emergency? Mine did. They knew to give me a regular coke if I was going low and we were drinking.
So have fun, but be careful. Eventually, I got tired of having blood sugars all over the place and not feeling well, so I became the designated driver.
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