I hate monitoring!!!! Seriously? Who likes poking themselves 20 times a day? Ok well maybe 4-6 times a day. I'm hoping for a day when it will be easier. In the mean time I got a Fitbit and it has alarms on it. So I set it for each time I need to monitor so it buzzes on my wrist until I shut it off!! It's actually annoying but it seems to work for me..
So, after almost having a heart attack and dying, I realized I needed to do something. I enlisted the help of a Nutritionist who took me off everything overnight. No meat. No dairy. No gluten. No caffeine. Completely plant based. He told me that he could reverse my diabetes and get me off insulin and all my meds. Well, of course eating nothing brought down my blood sugars. So I went off the insulin again and everything else I was taking for cholesterol and neuropathy. The thing that I didn't understand was that my blood sugars had run at about 300-350. My A1c was 12. So my blood sugars only dropped to about the 200's and he was ok with that. So all I ate was lettuce and beans basically. I was starving and I was dropping weight fast but my sugars were still high. I had stopped going to my doctor. I relied solely on this nutritionist who was supposedly licensed and went to school at Columbia and did his clinicals at all these big medical schools. Yet I never saw a license or a diploma. At any rate...it was killing me. I was happy I lost 60 lbs. but in 3 months? I finally went to my doctor and he about killed me. In the meantime the so called nutritionist who I paid thru the nose for, picked up and left town. I was devastated and felt abandoned. I've never dedicated myself to anything only to find out it wasn't helping me at all.
I had a heart to heart with my doc and agreed to give his way a chance again. Somehow, something clicked. We put a new pill in and suddenly things started to even out. I made some serious changes in my diet. I started taking exercise seriously. I'm doing great now. Just hoping to find a network of support.
Today is a special day for my family. Not because we BBQ or go to the towns parade. But because I come from a very strong military family. Every man in my life has served. My son is now serving and my daughter is talking about joining the Navy next year. I was especially sad this year because no one was able to place flags on my Grandfather's grave this year, due to a very bad storm hitting Texas. He was a WWll vet and one of the greatest men I have ever known. I am very happy that my father (Army Vet), and mother were in attendance at the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today at Arlington. They had VIP seats and had a wonderful experience. I just wanted to take a moment and thank Every Vet In Every Branch and Every War and Peace Time too. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you to the spouses and children as well, you also sacrifice.
I honestly don't know why I didn't have this epiphany earlier in my life. Before the neuropathy and retinopathy set in. Before I gained a ton of weight and totally stopped taking care of myself.
I've said it a thousand times before. It so easy to do everything that the doctors tell you to do when you are pregnant and trying to save another life. Once I finished having children, I just stopped caring about myself and spent all my time caring for my kids needs. I never once thought about The Future....
What does that hold for me? Will I be here to see my children grow up and finish school and college and have their own children? What about when they are gone and have their own families? Will my quality of life be good? Will I be healthy and able to travel and do all the things that I had planned for myself?
I stopped monitoring, I stopped taking my meds, I stopped going to the doctor.
I started to die.....Mother's Day 2012 I ended up in the Cardiac ICU with DKA.
It's been a long road since that day and it was a horrifying wake up call for me.
I finally stopped denying and made a plan to be here for my children for as long as possible.
This is my journey.....my hopes and dreams and struggles and accomplishments and victories!!
I want to Inspire!! I want to be a beacon of hope and share my story so that it can help others in any way possible. I'm passionate about being a good friend and listening and supporting all who need it.
Let's all help each other through this.....
I'm a generally very positive person, I don't know why but I just am. And despite the things life might throw at me at times, I just deal with it and live life to the fullest. I haven't been on here for a long time now, been too busy with life offline, but I haven't forgotten the forum or the people I've met in the chat
This year I'm celebrating 10 years of being a type 1 diabetic. And yes, I say celebrate! I don't hate my diabetes, I'm not even angry at it even though I may not be the happiest when my levels misbehave despite my best efforts to keep them in range, I get especially moody when I wake up due to a hypo or hyper, or wake up with a hypo or hyper in the morning. But oh well, those things are just minor bumps!
My 10 years of diabetes has been mixed, but for the most part I get along with my conditions pretty well. Like I said, I don't hate it, and I am a very positive person.
I try to make everything into something positive, and even diabetes has had a positive impact in my life. It has taught me so much about life and how the body functions, it has given me many friends and us diabetics possess insights and knowledge that non-diabetics can only dream of!
I really don't have a problem with all the needles involved in diabetes management. If I have to say one thing I don't like about diabetes, it's got to be the constant planning and calculations, but I can live with that too, even if it would have been so much easier if food said on top of it how many carbs it is and how much insulin to take
I'm in the process of getting a new insulin pump now as my much loved Veo is nearing its retirement. I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should stick with Medtronic, or switch to Animas. They're both really good pumps and they both come with CGM option if not wanting to carry a separate CGM unit. All I know for sure pump wise is that I don't want the OmniPod! I'd go nuts with a pod stuck to me all the time, I much prefer the low profile of a regular infusion set with tubing, even with the tubing getting stuck on things sometimes.
I have to admit, I'm leaning towards Animas Vibe as I'm really not a fan of the CGM that I have now with my Veo, I've never been a fan of the Medtronic CGM to be honest, but use it anyway. I've heard that the Dexcom CGM is much more comfortable to wear and it looks less floppy and bulky, so yeah, leaning towards Animas Vibe and it seems I can get it in pink too! I'm currently using a pink Veo and absolutely refuse to use "boring" medical equipment Everything has to be colorful and/or pimped to not look boring, the one exception is my main manual wheelchair which is made out of carbon fiber and has a pretty nice design! Oh yes, you read that right! Carbon fiber wheelchair. It's called Panthera X and is the world's lightest wheelchair!
Oh, and I still don't have any long term complications from diabetes! Something I'm very grateful about and working hard to maintain!
Just wondering if anyone has any tips of being a Type 1 and exercising. I wanna start running but am unsure how to do this and keep my diabetes stable!
If any one could help asap I would be super grateful!!!!
Just wanted to chat quickly about late night hypos.
One of my BIGGEST fears, and the other night it happened. I woke up the other night weak, shaky, sweaty and disorientated.
Thankfully I managed to deal with my 2.2 hypo!
I was just wondering if any of you guys have any tips etc for ensuring this doesn't happen??
It rarely ever happens but when it does it terrifies me.
I would really appreciate any advice!
I'm so excited, I'm going away with my boyfriend and his family for a long weekend at the end of the month!
Having diabetes has never stopped me going abroad and it shouldn't stop you!
All you need to do is be slightly more organised then others. I always remember to pack enough medicine with me, take a letter from your hospital stating you with be carrying medicine with you in case you are stopped. I always make sure I have medical insurance that will cover my diabetes, make sure the people I travel with are aware of my condition and how to help me if I need them to. If you are going to a non-English speaking country it may be helpful to learn some useful phrases in case you need medical assistance. Also it could help to research where the nearest medical center or hospital is.
All of these things are things I tend to do when I go away but everyone is different, but if you are planning a trip just make sure you keep yourself safe and of course enjoy it!
I thought I'd try using this blog feature to keep track in a central spot my attempts at tweaking my lifestyle to suit my needs as a diabetic.
So, for instance, I've been trying to start slowly with some additional exercise. I had a window of time with some flexibility available just before work in the mornings, so I thought I'd start there. The catch at the moment is a knee problem - some type of inflammation in my left knee that responds well to rest and badly to exercise. Yesterday, I managed a brief walk in the morning and limped through mowing half my yard in the evening. The knee felt fine after a night's sleep, but I could only walk about 6-10 minutes this morning. I'm walking in a local park and that seems to be working well in terms of timing, weather, and scenery. I do kind of miss using that time for a peaceful, slow start to my work day. I feel a little more rushed at work without it.
Hello, my name is Amanda. I'm 20 years old, a Type 1 Diabetic and have been since I was 12.
I've never blogged before so not 100% sure if I'll be any good but thought I'd give it a try and hopefully find some inspirational people and motivational stories.
I hope that by starting this blog I will find a new support network filled with people just like me. I don't know any other diabetic so it can be very lonely and be a bit of a taboo subject and I want to change this.
Hopefully I will get to speak to many of you, swap stories, compare tips and just get to know some new friends.
Have a lovely day guys and hopefully speak to some of you soon.
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I had a history of unmanaged diabetic condition with H A1C hovering between 8.2 and 10. In the recent months, I have successfully lowered my fasting blood sugar level by following a stricter diet and walking daily. My goal is to reverse the diabetic condition, and eliminate the medications.
Diabetic condition develops over a long period of time. Hence, anything that led to this condition should be acting slowly and subtly on our system over a long period. The hysteresis effect of our environment on our biomes is still a nascent study. The number of variables and the long deterioration period makes it a complex and expensive study for isolating the root causes. The absence of commercial incentives (i.e. blockbuster drugs) makes this kind of research hardly funded, thus prompting me to conduct this experiment.
I have been a heavy coffee drinker (4-5 cups a day). In the recent months, I had lowered my coffee consumption to about 2 cups a day. I witnessed significant lowering in my fasting blood glucose during the same period, though with stricter diet plan and increased activity. I wanted to verify whether coffee had been a contributing factor to my uncontrolled diabetic state, given the relationship between coffee and cortisol secretion.
1) Measure fasting blood sugar level for 20 days continuing coffee drinking (2 cups a day)
2) Stop drinking coffee and all caffeine products, and measure fasting blood sugar level for the subsequent 20 days.
Each cup of coffee included fat free milk and Splenda. During the coffee drinking period, I had green-tea once in few days. No changes were made to the diet, activity and medications, except for the day-to-day variations in diet and activities across the entire period.
I chose a minimum of 20 days based on following assumptions:
1) 20 day period is sufficient for our bio-Hysteresis to reflect the effect of not drinking coffee
2) 20 day period cancels the daily variations in diet and walking, creating statistically significant data set
(Pl check out the attached pdf for the graph)
Summary Data: With Coffee (No Coffee)
Min 91.00 (83.00)
Max 153.00 (130.00)
Range 62.00 (47.00)
Variance 248.66 (182.05)
Std. Deviation 15.77 (13.49)
Average 111.35 (103.45)
The test results showed a modest decrease in the average fasting blood sugar level of about 8 mg/dL, after I stopped drinking coffee. During the no-coffee period, I also witnessed lesser variations in the blood sugar levels.
The decrease in average blood sugar is not as significant, compared to the decrease that I experienced with stricter diet and walking. With the current results, it is not possible to isolate whether it was the caffeine, the low fat milk or the sweetener that led to the lower fasting glucose level. It is also possible that the bio-hysteresis takes a longer than 20 days to show the true impact of stopping coffee.
Based on this encourage result, I have decided to continue to stay away from coffee. I also invite the readers to validate this experiment by conducting their own test and share their findings.
Hello everyone! Just this evening I realized that I need a support group. My whole life I have watched as my, is it A1C?, numbers have climbed. For the last couple years my general physician has had me on glumetza, but I rarely took it. Mainly because I didn't want to, but there were often times when allergy season would come, and my body did things I didn't want it to when I sneezed really hard, so off the meds I went! I have a teenager and this summer I realized the importance of taking care of myself as well as I take of her. This also came after my left ankle started swelling on a more regular basis. My doctor still isn't sure what that is about. I have been doing 500 mg of glumetza a day and will start 1k tonight. I had a bday dinner to attend earlier tonight at texas roadhouse. I enjoyed a great piece of meat, a soda (or 3 - 'cause I drink a ton), and my sides were a caesar salad & a loaded sweet potato, piled high with marshmallows! It wasn't long before I felt awfully sick. I came straight home and took what I thought was obviously a well needed nap. It has been over three hours since dinner and I just took my blood sugar (the first time I've done it in easily 5 months). Mind you - I'm still new to all this and unsure of what is what most of the time. Well... my blood sugar was 456, 3 hours after eating. I was floored, scared and wanted my Mom, even though I'm 39! I'm scared to know what it was when I felt terrible earlier tonight. I've read some of the threads on here and to say I'm not scared that I've done too much damage would be a lie. I don't want to lose my legs, or go blind - but I have been having blurry issues lately (could totally be nonrelated though, right??). I don't know that I've ever felt so alone. Sorry for the rant. I figured this would be the best place to get this off of my chest, with others that may be dealing with the same issues.
I am 21 year old male and just started using an insulin pump again three days ago after trying it out three weeks over the summer but had a rough time after making a trip to California which resulted in out of control BGs due to the three hour time difference. I'm having a difficult time understanding basal rates and their relation to gluconeogenesis. I realize the purpose of a basal rate is to serve as a "background insulin" to compensate for the bodies natural production of glucose through gluconeogenesis and various other metabolic pathways throughout the course of the day. Upon setting these basal rates, would it be a good idea to eat the same amount of carbohydrates at the same time & exercise at the same time throughout the day? Also if basal insulin is suppose to compensate for 45-55% of my daily insulin and I were to eat a significantly more amount of carbohydrates at one time of the day more than others, would it be ideal to set a higher basal rate for this time of the day? Also if I were to skip such a high carbohydrate meal on a different day would I have to set a temp basal rate (ex.~75%) for this time of the day? Or would my body naturally begin to break down its glycogen stores by gluconeogenesis or other means to compensate since I'm eating a high carbohydrate meal at the same time of the day? I realize a good basal rate is suppose to keep BGs in target range even when skipping meals but our body's metabolic production of glucose is influenced by a number of things, it seems like this might be an even more difficult way of treating diabetes than through using a long acting insulin such as Lantus
So happy I got to see my little stinky today.! I'm just so overwhelmed with joy. I cried and thanked God for everything he has done for me and my family. This baby couldn't be more of a blessing. Thanks so much for all of your support guys.
Australian Catholic University and the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes are doing a study on use of community-based resources to support physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes. We would like to hear about your utilisation and experiences with community-based resources to support physical activity, and what you think you need in order to be physically active.
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So I went to my first prenatal dr appt and everything went great.! I got to see my little peanut which was so awesome. Tears were literally swelling up in my eyes. I'm trying to make sure I don't stress about anything and my finance is making sure I don't either.! I'm so blessed to have his support. Thanks so much for those of you who are keeping up with us and praying for us as well.! Until next time. (: