bad diabetic

By Christy510 Latest Reply 2011-08-04 20:58:36 -0500
Started 2011-08-04 12:36:49 -0500

I've been type I for over 5 yrs due to a partial pancreatectomy b/c of a benign tumor Imbedded in my panceras the size of a golf ball (not proud to admit), but it was a direct result of alcohol abuse :o( Yes, "i did it to myself", as my own sister so lovingly pointed out to me! I am, however, proud to b 6 yrs sober! Had rescent blood work done…my A1c is 11.3!!! and blood glucose is 300+ WTF! I take 4 needles a day. Question is…time for insulin pump?

8 replies

MoeGig 2011-08-04 20:58:36 -0500 Report

I personally don't think the pump will do you much good at this point. You are too far out of control to have the pump be the solution. Although not on the pump, I've been type 1 for 46 years using "old fashion" methods…carb/exercise/insulin control. You're welcome to check out my link to learn of my experiences…

Harlen 2011-08-04 14:59:50 -0500 Report

First off do you know how to count carbs ?? If not you will need to know how too.
You may wish to go to medtronic's web site and try to do the pump school they have there,It is free .It will let you know it your up for a pump.
I too gave up drinking thank god I quit before things whent bad .
Best wishes

Christy510 2011-08-04 15:36:35 -0500 Report

Thanks, and yes, as a matter of fact when cooking pasta i use "Dreamfields" only 5 carbs…Thanks for the tip :o) Best wishes to u as well!

jayabee52 2011-08-04 13:16:01 -0500 Report

Well Chisty, what's past is past, and most of us have pasts we would rather have the ability to "do over". Your sister may be right, but is pointing that out helpful to you?

What is important is that you DID get sober and have kept sober all these years! KUDOS to you for that! And you are picking up the ball and advancing it down the field! or at least trying to do so.

From the way you have presented the question I would say perhaps it is time for insulin pump. But I wonder about if what you take in those 4 needles a day is the right medication or doseage for you? I also wonder about what you are eating and drinking which would give you BG numbers of 300+? I also wonder if you're on medications (like prednisone or cortisone — but not limited to them) for other conditions which has the side effect of skyrocketing one's BG numbers.

Really, the decision to get a pump is something you should sit down with your diabetes care team and go through the above, and other issues I haven't yet thought of, and determine if it would be the best for you.

My bride Jem (although she had no problems with alcohol in her past) had a presenting profile much like yours in regards to her diabetes. I asked much the same question in DC about 3 years ago and got varying answers. We then sat down with her diabetes care team and asked about the pump, and came to the conclusion that in her particular medical situation, a pump really wouldn't be the best for her. She still had BG numbers of 300+ (due to medications she needed — AND her diet) so we decided to add an endochrinologist to the diabetes care team and work intensively with him. We were able to bring down her BG numbers below 200s most days, and had some days of "normal" BG readings too. Since Jem was blind, I was intimately involved in her diabetes care, and learned so very much about a lot of things. Unfortunately (for me) Jem has passed from this life more than a year ago, but I still remember much of what we went through.

So that's why Christy, I can't say that it might be the best thing to get a pump. There's many other factors to consider.

I pray God's blessing be upon you and yours as you discover what may be the best course of action for YOU!


Christy510 2011-08-04 13:25:59 -0500 Report

Thanks James, i believe my sister was wrong too! Sorry for your loss, I know what that's like…my uncle and gramom (mother and son), both passed less than a yr ago w/ in 4 mos of each other (unrealted to diabetes though)…anyway, you're right, i think, my numerous meds/diet are most likely a contributing factor in all this as well. I'm just sick and tired of being "sick and tired", guess i will just have to wait till my Dr's appt Sept 8th…i'll keep ya posted…Thanks again :o)

jayabee52 2011-08-04 13:44:31 -0500 Report

Yes please do keep us posted, Christy. And Thanks so much for the friend request, (which I, of course, accepted) I know personally what you are feeling about being sick and tired, and so did my Jem. In a way, she was so messed up medically her death was a blessing in that it released her from all her "medical challenges" (as she laughingly called them).

tommy123400 2011-08-04 12:51:04 -0500 Report

Type 1 Diabetes Diet

Are there special diet plans for the type1 diabetes patients? To know more about the type 1 diabetes diet, read on…

If you are experiencing constant thirst and frequent urination, extreme hunger, tiredness, blurred vision or loss of weight, then you must undergo the fasting glucose blood test, because these are classic type 1 diabetes symptoms. If the doctor diagnoses you as a patient of type 1 diabetes, which is also known as diabetes mellitus, then be sure that you will have to undergo a change in your life style. You can combat this health condition by acquiring professional advice, diabetes treatment and adopting a diabetic diet. The following short note covers the topic of type 1 diabetes diet.

Diet for Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar or glucose level keeps on increasing because the body cells and tissues, due to lack of insulin, are unable convert this blood glucose into energy. Mounting blood glucose levels can lead to hyperglycemia and or hypertension, which you can avoid by adopting a type 1 diabetes diet, exercises and injections of insulin.

The food that we all eat contains fats, proteins and carbohydrates. During the process of digestion, fats are converted into fatty acids and glycerols, proteins into amino acids and carbohydrates into glucose. Simple carbohydrates are digested and absorbed and are used by the body quickly which rapidly increase the blood glucose level. The complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fibers are digested and are absorbed slowly. This causes a very slow rise in blood glucose levels, which never equals the ideal glucose level due to the absorption of simple carbohydrates, in the blood stream.

For a type 1 diabetes patient, type 1 diabetes diet which includes complex carbohydrates is essential. But, "How to plan it?", and "How and where to acquire the information about which foods contain simple or complex carbohydrates?". Besides this one might ask oneself, "How to get the information about carbohydrates which can raise the blood glucose level faster than others? Well, the last question is easy to answer. The glycemic index of a carbohydrate tells us information about how fast it can increase the level of blood glucose, after it is consumed. The carbohydrates are assigned values from 1-100. The value 1 is assigned to the slowest acting carbohydrate. A dietitian can help you in planning a suitable diet program. The dietitian can calculate your calorie requirement by analyzing your work habits, pressure and your age, weight and height.

List of diabetes foods that you can include in your diet which can help control the blood glucose level:1.Fresh fruit
2.Eating fish 3-4 times per week can be beneficial as it contains omega 3 fatty acid.
3.Grains contain starch which is in the form of a complex carbohydrate.
4.Green vegetables in the form of salad green can be eaten as often as you want.
5.Dairy products like low fat milk can be consumed 2 to 3 times per day.
6.You can include meat, eggs, beans and cheese in your diet.
The proteins and fats in your diet doesn't affect the blood sugar levels, but if you overdo your protein consumption, the liver converts it to blood glucose which can raise the blood glucose level. On the other hand, large amounts of fat in the food slows down the absorption of glucose in the blood stream. However, eating food too rich in fats for this reason is not recommended because fatty food can lead to complications such as obesity, heart attack etc.

Plan your insulin injections and dosage according to your meals to tackle the post-meal rise in the blood sugar level. Be careful about the insulin dosage. If the amount of insulin injected is higher than required, it may cause the blood sugar level to drop causing hypolycemia and a too low amount of insulin than required may cause hyperglycemia.

Self control and strict discipline in following the advice of the doctor and the dietitian can enable you to lead a normal life. You can deal with diabetes mellitus, using the three pronged attack exercises, insulin and following the constituents of a type 1 diabetes diet such as, the glycemic index diet plan or a vegetarian diet. Keep yourself well and healthy because that is essentially the path to living a well and satisfying life.

Christy510 2011-08-04 12:55:47 -0500 Report

Thanks, i think the only plus i have going for me is that im 5"2 and 113lbs at 40 yrs old lol…I do have to watch my cholesterol also b/c i have a right coronary stent (heart disease :o( …not to mention in remission from a form of Leukemia, pretty messed up huh?