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.
Hi there. I was diagnosed with type 1 in 1966. I went through different phases during my life. I know how sometimes it's just so f***ing hard. As the years progressed for me it seemed like there was always more and more I had to do to take care of myself. When I first started, the norm was 1 shot a day. Then as things developed it was 2. And then glucose meters were introduced and so I could stick my finger as well as my butt. More work!
The good news is that if you take it one step at a time like gradually adding more testing to get better control and feel better, you will be fine. You will feel well and strong and capable of doing anything.
If you are looking for a lot of T1s, I would check out this website . There are a lot of us there at Diabetes Daily, some of us with 50 and 60 years of it. Best of luck to you.
Even a speed walk may be too fast. Start very slow (I know it may be frustrating) and the work your way up.
As for the a1c, congrats on bringing it down, but you know there is room for improvement. I would suggest the book "Using Insulin" or "Think Like a Pancreas". Both will give you excellent suggestions on how to get a good handle on things.
Hi Chris. The cramps could be due to many things. It could be a circulatory issue. You would need to talk to a doctor to be checked for this. As a type 1, this is very important. It could also be due to potassium or other electrolytes. When was the last time you had thorough blood work? Were all your levels normal?
Personally, I don't think that this is due to soda consumption. Sometimes you just need to start slow. Walk, before you run. Take things one step at a time. I have had a lot of issues the last few years and am in the process of getting my act together. When I started, I could only do about 3 or 4 minutes on my exercise bike. Now I can do much more. It does take time though.
Feel free to ask lots of questions. How is your control? This can affect how much you can do as well. What was your last a1c?
Yup, makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, unless you want to get into a totally regular routine (which sounds like it would be hard for you) you aren't going to be able to do much. I hate to tell you this, but the sliding scale is getting obsolete because it doesn't work very well. That is part of why you are running high. Counting carbs is the only reliable way to figure out your dosing. Many things have their carb count written on them (when you make your own food), Calorie King is an excellent source for both regular, and take out/restaurant food, and guesstimating works well too. If you go to the same place a few times, you can work out what insulin you need for any given meal. You will need to test a lot too though
You don't need to eat at regular times, not with modern insulins. Are you on a rapid acting and something like lantus or levemir?
I would check out your library and see if you can get a copy of the book I already mentioned.
Right now you are experiencing false hypos. This is due to the fact that you are spending too much time at too high a level. Once you spend more time at a more "normal" level, you will feel the lows properly and will also feel the higher numbers too (say in the 200s). A good place to start is with the book "Using Insulin". It will tell you everything you need to do to get back on track.
Do you have any specific area you want to work on? What are some of your issues? Is it more diet or more testing/insulin related? Maybe I could offer some specifics.
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