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How long have you had Diabetes?

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When were you first diagnosed? 

Do you have Type 1 or Type 2 ? 


I was recently diagnosed in June as Type 2. I had a 6.6 level and was told to start a 1,800 calorie diet and to watch my sodium intake as I have high blood pressure and take two meds for that. 

I check my blood sugar levels once a day in the mornings before breakfast. I am to try to stay within the 100-130 level and so far have been able to and have gotten down to the 80's and 90's some days. 

I am supposed to start a class on nutrition and on how to manage diabetes, not sure when I will attend those classes as I am waiting for that referral from my doctor to go through. 

It sure is a lifestyle change in a way but its stopped me from drinking a 2 liter of Pepsi every day or every day and a half. I feel thats the reason I have diabetes as I would rather drink that then water, even though I did drink water as I do now.....it wasn't enough apparently! 

Do you find that you now and then treat yourself to a few favorite old foods you are to avoid? Just a bite of something just to taste it again? Or do you not have that food or drink because it might make your sugars go up? 

I am allergic to the aspartame, phenylananine and sucrolose and that's in everything low calorie and diet! So I can't have those yogurts or chewing gum to diet drinks. It will set me off with a migraine and make me sick and I avoid those at all costs. Ive tried to get past that but when I have a reaction like that to the drinks or even yogurts, my Doctor says not to try them again, not worth getting sick over. 


Any special diet you are to follow? Anything that you have to avoid food or drink wise too?



by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Replies (21-30):
countryblonde
by on Feb. 11, 2015 at 9:37 AM
If there is ever anything you want to know about type 1 feel free to ask. Im a open book. And pretty well versed after 18 years lol

Quoting MissMackiesgg:

Great to know.

Quoting countryblonde: My pump is amazing. I would never go back to how it was before it.In the first 3 months I had it my a1c went from over 9 to 6.6 . It has truely been a life saver for me. It's made it possible for me and my SO to start trying to have a baby. And I feel so much better all around. I know ro a lot of people it seems intimidating because I was the same way. But now I couldn't go back!

Quoting MissMackiesgg:

I can not imagine being a kid and wanting to be able to do and eat what all the other kids did. I am glad that your bs is under control. My mom would have to take steroids when her breathing problems would get bad and her sugar always went way up. You are the first person that I have known on a pump. Does that work really well or were your sugars better when you had to do it yourself?

welcomeWelcome aboard and please let me know if I can help you find info or something for you that is not already here. And please feel free to post whenever you want.

Quoting countryblonde:

I was diagnosed at 10. I am now 27 almost 28. I am on humalog with an insulin pump. My SO and i are curently trying to concive. My diabetes is well managed except for today and yesterday after a stariod injection in my hip.......im suffering today

MissMackiesgg
by Owner on Feb. 11, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Please feel free to post questions and answers, great videos, articles. anything you want, that you think will be helpful. We can all use more knowledge.

Quoting countryblonde: If there is ever anything you want to know about type 1 feel free to ask. Im a open book. And pretty well versed after 18 years lol
Quoting MissMackiesgg:

Great to know.

Quoting countryblonde: My pump is amazing. I would never go back to how it was before it.In the first 3 months I had it my a1c went from over 9 to 6.6 . It has truely been a life saver for me. It's made it possible for me and my SO to start trying to have a baby. And I feel so much better all around. I know ro a lot of people it seems intimidating because I was the same way. But now I couldn't go back!
Quoting MissMackiesgg:

I can not imagine being a kid and wanting to be able to do and eat what all the other kids did. I am glad that your bs is under control. My mom would have to take steroids when her breathing problems would get bad and her sugar always went way up. You are the first person that I have known on a pump. Does that work really well or were your sugars better when you had to do it yourself?

welcomeWelcome aboard and please let me know if I can help you find info or something for you that is not already here. And please feel free to post whenever you want.

Quoting countryblonde:

I was diagnosed at 10. I am now 27 almost 28. I am on humalog with an insulin pump. My SO and i are curently trying to concive. My diabetes is well managed except for today and yesterday after a stariod injection in my hip.......im suffering today


michiganmom116
by Group Admin on Feb. 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

I had GD with 4 of my 5 pregnancies.  I was dx as a type 2 diabetic 1 year after my last baby was born, so it's 14 years now that I've been diabetic.  I followed all of the diabetic diet recommendations and my diabetes became uncontrollable even with oral meds and insulin, so in March of 2011 I started what most people think is a radical diet, the paleo/primal diet.  It made total sense for me to avoid carb heavy foods/starches, which is what the diet eliminates.  This diet works.  I now have better control as long as I stick to it.  I was told by my doctor that I'll never be able to completely eliminate the use of meds, but managing my diabetes is still easier by eating this way.

My mom was dx with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old...she will be 70 this year.  I have to say, managing type 2 diabetes is harder than her type 1...although she would disagree.  LOL

Alieda
by Member on Feb. 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Lannie ex wife is a type one was told at ten years old she was ,she has said that she thinks she has a easier time with hers because it is all she has ever known. Not like a type two who use to eat and drink anything they please and never had to take meds too. Just another person take on it.

Quoting michiganmom116:

I had GD with 4 of my 5 pregnancies.  I was dx as a type 2 diabetic 1 year after my last baby was born, so it's 14 years now that I've been diabetic.  I followed all of the diabetic diet recommendations and my diabetes became uncontrollable even with oral meds and insulin, so in March of 2011 I started what most people think is a radical diet, the paleo/primal diet.  It made total sense for me to avoid carb heavy foods/starches, which is what the diet eliminates.  This diet works.  I now have better control as long as I stick to it.  I was told by my doctor that I'll never be able to completely eliminate the use of meds, but managing my diabetes is still easier by eating this way.

My mom was dx with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old...she will be 70 this year.  I have to say, managing type 2 diabetes is harder than her type 1...although she would disagree.  LOL

michiganmom116
by Group Admin on Feb. 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM

My mom's seems easier because all she has to do is take insulin and her sugar levels seem to come out right.  With me, I can take insulin and oral meds...but hormones, stress, lack of sleep, etc. all screw with my blood sugar levels.

Quoting Alieda: Lannie ex wife is a type one was told at ten years old she was ,she has said that she thinks she has a easier time with hers because it is all she has ever known. Not like a type two who use to eat and drink anything they please and never had to take meds too. Just another person take on it.
Quoting michiganmom116:

I had GD with 4 of my 5 pregnancies.  I was dx as a type 2 diabetic 1 year after my last baby was born, so it's 14 years now that I've been diabetic.  I followed all of the diabetic diet recommendations and my diabetes became uncontrollable even with oral meds and insulin, so in March of 2011 I started what most people think is a radical diet, the paleo/primal diet.  It made total sense for me to avoid carb heavy foods/starches, which is what the diet eliminates.  This diet works.  I now have better control as long as I stick to it.  I was told by my doctor that I'll never be able to completely eliminate the use of meds, but managing my diabetes is still easier by eating this way.

My mom was dx with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old...she will be 70 this year.  I have to say, managing type 2 diabetes is harder than her type 1...although she would disagree.  LOL


mrs.miller89
by New Member on Mar. 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM
I was diagnosed right before Christmas in 2000, so a little over 14 years now, with type 1. I was 11.

I'm on an insulin pump and my doctor is pretty liberal so as long as I keep my sugars in control I eat and drink what I want. I was drinking regular soda for a few years but cut it out because it cuts down on insulin usage and makes me feel better. I do still drink way too much diet though.
mrs.miller89
by New Member on Mar. 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM
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Everything that screw with your blood sugar levels screw with the blood sugar levels of a type 1 too, but I tend to agree with you. As a type 1 I can eat what I want and just take insulin for it. It doesn't always come out right for me though. Being sick, not being hydrated enough, stress, infection, etc. all make it harder for my body to absorb the insulin. I think it's hard for us all in different ways.

Quoting michiganmom116:

My mom's seems easier because all she has to do is take insulin and her sugar levels seem to come out right.  With me, I can take insulin and oral meds...but hormones, stress, lack of sleep, etc. all screw with my blood sugar levels.

Quoting Alieda: Lannie ex wife is a type one was told at ten years old she was ,she has said that she thinks she has a easier time with hers because it is all she has ever known. Not like a type two who use to eat and drink anything they please and never had to take meds too. Just another person take on it.

Quoting michiganmom116:

I had GD with 4 of my 5 pregnancies.  I was dx as a type 2 diabetic 1 year after my last baby was born, so it's 14 years now that I've been diabetic.  I followed all of the diabetic diet recommendations and my diabetes became uncontrollable even with oral meds and insulin, so in March of 2011 I started what most people think is a radical diet, the paleo/primal diet.  It made total sense for me to avoid carb heavy foods/starches, which is what the diet eliminates.  This diet works.  I now have better control as long as I stick to it.  I was told by my doctor that I'll never be able to completely eliminate the use of meds, but managing my diabetes is still easier by eating this way.

My mom was dx with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old...she will be 70 this year.  I have to say, managing type 2 diabetes is harder than her type 1...although she would disagree.  LOL

ItsaJOB
by New Member on May. 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

My daughter was diagnosed between 3-4 months ago.  It has been a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows as well as emotional.  Her life as well as ours (her parents) have been altered tremendously. 

Do you live by yourself?  Our daughter was in an apartment going to college, but came home after diagnosis.  We started building our 'retirement' home long before her diagnosis, but have told her time and again that she will need to be back in a place of her own and not moving in with us. She insists we are heartless and uncaring because we've told her this.  We will be more than happy to check in with her both night and day, but she will have to learn to live her life without us. 

Just today, I went along to a new doctor appointment for her to evaluate because she didn't care for her other doctor and this doctor said it could take up to a year before her pancreas completely stops producing insullin, so a pump is not an option for her at this point, and she doesn't take insullin often before any meals...basically just at bedtime right now (Lantus). 

I addressed the moving situation with her today, and she really blew up at me, calling me names, actually.  When our new home is complete, my husband and myself intend on moving to it, but without her.  She is not an easy person to live with, and I know this happening to her has made it much more stressful  for her to deal with, but it has to us, as well.  I've had to go on medication myself, just to deal with her 'habits' that are at best, tolerable.

We love our daughter, and wouldn't wish a disorder like this on anybody.  As hard as this condition is, I know people live with it all the time.  We've tried to be supportive and I've gone to many of her doctor appointments with her, but have stepped back lately. 

I've had to retreat to a bedroom and close the door, actually, as I write this because she is slamming things around the house and it makes me very, very nervous.

I've ranted a bit, and I apoligize, but I'm feeling quite frustrated at this point.  I also know she is overwhelmed, but will not go to any sort of counseling to help her deal with this, either.  I've given her names of counselors to call, but she won't follow through with appointments. She has always had an anxiety disorder, which she started counseling for back in high school, but refused to continue with.

At her age of 24, I feel she needs to be an adult and not act like she is a 10 year old needing constant care by her parents.  My husband has said time and again to me that SHE WILL NOT BE LIVING WITH US IN OUR NEXT HOME.  He has made it very clear and she is very disrespectful of him and also calls names to him when he reminds her. 



Quoting MissMackiesgg:

I was dx about 18-24 months ago. That is the blind leading the group, but there was no activity at all when I started.


MissMackiesgg
by Owner on May. 19, 2015 at 4:23 PM

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}

I am so sorry that you are having to survive while dealing with this. Surviving the tensions can and will be difficult. My son does not have diabetes, but he has bi-polar, adhd, anger control and brain damage from a car wreck. I both l0ove him and would love to throttle him. He was almost 30 before he would take his meds regularly. As I said before maybe find her a room mate but I do not blame you and your hubby for wanting alone time. You deserve it.

Quoting ItsaJOB:

My daughter was diagnosed between 3-4 months ago.  It has been a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows as well as emotional.  Her life as well as ours (her parents) have been altered tremendously. 

Do you live by yourself?  Our daughter was in an apartment going to college, but came home after diagnosis.  We started building our 'retirement' home long before her diagnosis, but have told her time and again that she will need to be back in a place of her own and not moving in with us. She insists we are heartless and uncaring because we've told her this.  We will be more than happy to check in with her both night and day, but she will have to learn to live her life without us. 

Just today, I went along to a new doctor appointment for her to evaluate because she didn't care for her other doctor and this doctor said it could take up to a year before her pancreas completely stops producing insullin, so a pump is not an option for her at this point, and she doesn't take insullin often before any meals...basically just at bedtime right now (Lantus). 

I addressed the moving situation with her today, and she really blew up at me, calling me names, actually.  When our new home is complete, my husband and myself intend on moving to it, but without her.  She is not an easy person to live with, and I know this happening to her has made it much more stressful  for her to deal with, but it has to us, as well.  I've had to go on medication myself, just to deal with her 'habits' that are at best, tolerable.

We love our daughter, and wouldn't wish a disorder like this on anybody.  As hard as this condition is, I know people live with it all the time.  We've tried to be supportive and I've gone to many of her doctor appointments with her, but have stepped back lately. 

I've had to retreat to a bedroom and close the door, actually, as I write this because she is slamming things around the house and it makes me very, very nervous.

I've ranted a bit, and I apoligize, but I'm feeling quite frustrated at this point.  I also know she is overwhelmed, but will not go to any sort of counseling to help her deal with this, either.  I've given her names of counselors to call, but she won't follow through with appointments. She has always had an anxiety disorder, which she started counseling for back in high school, but refused to continue with.

At her age of 24, I feel she needs to be an adult and not act like she is a 10 year old needing constant care by her parents.  My husband has said time and again to me that SHE WILL NOT BE LIVING WITH US IN OUR NEXT HOME.  He has made it very clear and she is very disrespectful of him and also calls names to him when he reminds her. 



Quoting MissMackiesgg:

I was dx about 18-24 months ago. That is the blind leading the group, but there was no activity at all when I started.



lisa12121
by Member on May. 20, 2015 at 3:51 PM

My daughter is 11 and was just diagnosed in March 2015 with type 1. She's moved from syringes to the pen and is hoping for a pump by the end of summer. She's had a few meltdowns over food restrictions (not that she could not have it but that she had to wait so we could get a good bs reading). It is very hard for her on occasions that she just cannot have what she wants when she wants it. Almost every morsel of food has to be planned and counted and then she injects just prior to eating. She's had a number of lows and is currently on three different sliding scales (breakfast, post-breakfast-pre-dinner, dinner-bedtime). Ugh. I can only imagine how things will change once she starts camp.

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