How do I become a more responsible diabetic?

By thehungryone Latest Reply 2015-02-24 19:34:09 -0600
Started 2011-12-22 21:08:27 -0600

Hello! I'm a friend to all, and I'm in need of some solid motivation or advice. I have type 1 and this is my third year. I'm not a sad person and I love life but for some reason I can't manage my illness. Am I just stupid or is this normal? Either way I need it to stop I want to live healthy for Jesus! Pls help

23 replies

roshy 2011-12-28 18:33:42 -0600 Report

totaly normal!!!

talking is healing my friend!!

thats the biggest piece of advice i can give a young person with type 1!!! i wich i spoke out about the difficulties i was having when i was younger!!!

dietcherry 2011-12-26 17:30:05 -0600 Report

Hiya! Ive been T1 since the age of 12, diagnosed at 13, and am now 43.
D is nothing to play with. Our bodies are resilient, especially when we are young, so you can abuse it for a long time probably with little to no permanent damage, but eventually its going catch up with you.
You are likely going to be diabetic for the rest of your life and since damage caused by D is cumulative, the good choices you make today WILL result in your good health tomorrow and beyond.
You will trip up and that doesnt make you a bad diabetic, it merely makes you human. Get back on track and soon making the right choices will become habit.

There arent many of us T1s around, and it can get darn lonely and lead us to rebel or deny the seriousness of what we are dealing with. And there are no breaks from it, not ever. Accept that sooner rather than later, and you will be better equipped for the burnout, anger, and depression that often accompany us on this journey.
Stay strong, always know that you are not alone, and we are always here to lean on. Much love.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-12-26 15:51:25 -0600 Report

Hungry, seeing that you are into your third year you should know a lot of the right things to do. I would like to suggest you sit back and see how many things that you are doing that you should be. At the same time you should see what you are doing which you need to change in your live style. God can lead you to the trough of knowledge, but its up to you to drink it.

Richard157 2011-12-25 16:48:37 -0600 Report

You never know how Strong you are until being strong is the ONLY choice you have! You have to be strong and take good care of yourself in order to survive and be healthy. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and now I am healthy after 66 years of type 1.

pixsidust 2011-12-24 10:03:40 -0600 Report

Take your life seriously. The degenerative results of maintaining a high A1c are not ones that any of us want. Your delightful, bright, goofy grin would be replaced by a face we all would be sad to see. Embrace the goal of bringing your test results low.

You mention your faith and I hope that is truly part of who you are. From another post you mention rollin and sippin? Purpose that to God and give that to him. Put away childish things and things that are not clean living. Take pride your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Plan your meals. Less than a year ago I was diagnosed. I browsed slowly the aisles at the grocery store. I found sugar free items through out the store and found a narrow strip of special dietary foods like sugar, gluten and fat free dressings, pancake syrup, chocolate syrup. Count your carbs, sugar free is not carb free. Start counting and reward your success!

Become a man and become strong in Jesus. LOL

berrykins0 2011-12-24 07:23:01 -0600 Report

do see a nutrionist for meal planning and exersise plan this is one way of getting motivated.this got me motivated

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2011-12-23 21:58:28 -0600 Report

What's going hungryone, mmmm, that rang a bell, for me; I ate so much in the past, I lost control of my diabetes!!! I almost lost the battle, my BG was 880, and my A1c was 14!!! Now that was enough for me to take control!! Unfortunately, I got complacent, got off track, with my diet and exercise. My BMI was 30.3% and my Fat % was 46.4 on Nov. 5 2011!!!! Since Nov. 7, I made a 360 degree turn, and I'm not looking back!!! So, hungryone, stop, right now and take control, you can do it!! Stay encouraged!! If I can be of any help, don't hesitate to call on me!!! 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' to you and your family.

Caroltoo 2011-12-23 23:04:33 -0600 Report

Wow, that is quite a story! BG of almost 900 two months ago. Where are you now?

athomas31957 2011-12-27 07:11:02 -0600 Report

My meter doesn't tell me what my sugar is if it's over about 600… It will just read "hi" what meter do you use ?!!!

jayabee52 2011-12-27 20:33:34 -0600 Report

neither does mine. I doubt that any meters available to the general public would. The thing I do when mine reads hi, is I back off on the carbs and take dill pickles and pickle juice and other things known to bring my BG levels down.

athomas31957 2011-12-28 09:27:02 -0600 Report

is it only dill pickle that do that?!! And I had no idea that there were foods that helped to LOWER BG levels… I'm going to grab some of these crunchy friends!!! Haha. I just checked my sugar and it is 386… A very bad normal routine of highs… Working on getting those regulated and learning so much more than I started off looking for. Def loving this site!!

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-24 19:34:09 -0600 Report

when I have high numbers I get up and turn on my will and excerise some, about 20 minutes of that brings my numbers down. I heard that cinnamon will help too, but I have not tried that one, I don't like cinnamon.

Caroltoo 2011-12-28 10:29:49 -0600 Report

Vinegar, as in pickles, helps. Use it as a salad dressing to get more during the day. Protein also lowers BG. Then, of course, you already know that water does.

Young1s 2011-12-27 21:36:00 -0600 Report

Wow! I never knew that about dill pickles. And I loooove dill pickles. I always have a jar in the cupboard, fridge or both.

Caroltoo 2011-12-27 10:18:14 -0600 Report

Most don't. I was responding to Second Chance's statement that hers was 880. From other comments she has made online recently, I believe this was taken when she was in emergency. I've never gone above 396 (at diagnosis), so I don't know what the upper range of mine is, thank goodness!! Hope I never find out.

athomas31957 2011-12-28 09:32:25 -0600 Report

Gotcha!! Thanks… And I know all too well about highs of BG levels. I've never rushed to the ER but I drink some water and a whole lOt of insulin… I know this is super bad of me though…

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-23 17:26:25 -0600 Report

Hi, I am quessing by your name that you are always hungry That is a sign your numbers are not under control. You need to stop fighting it and show who is in control of your body. This will help you stop or delay all the nasty things that can happen to us diabetics, especially type1. You are young, so it is harder to accept the responsibility but you CAN do it. Who do you have for support in your daily life? Also, a pump with CGM may help you as you can set it for your needs, and it has alarms for reminders. YOU have to check your levels or how else will you know how much insulin to take and if you need it. You are not stupid and in your post you said the very reason you can't control it, not having a consistent routine. Have you attended any diabetes classes or seen a dietician? A great start to helping you get on the path to living a long, normal and healthy life. Please talk to your dr and insurance Co for the referals.

By asking for help shows just how smart you are!!!!

Type1Lou 2011-12-23 09:06:12 -0600 Report

Hey Hungry! I was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 27 and am now 62. In the early years, I didn't always do the smart thing. For the past 10 years, I've been better about managing my diabetes. That means testing a minimum of 4 times a day. Since going on the pump, I'm testing 7 to 10 times a day to gather the data to fine tune my pump settings. Prior to starting on an insulin pump in August, I was on MDI (multiple daily injections) of Novolog and Lantus. How are you treating your diabetes? Do you consider carbs in your diet and dose your insulin accordingly? I have some complications now showing up—-neuropathy in my feet and some indicationas of retinopathy in my eyes but nothing really debilletating yet. My motivation for better control is to prevent any complications from getting any worse.

thehungryone 2011-12-22 22:37:34 -0600 Report

True! thanks I'm normally not down for stuff like this but for some reason hearing this stuff from other host is pretty easy. I am Motivated :) thanks again

thehungryone 2011-12-22 22:20:48 -0600 Report

Well my A1C last checked was like 10.0 and that's the lowest I've gotten it. Im pretty stubborn and ignorant with testing regularly or even at all. So that's probably why my ENDO can't help me. Accepting all constructive criticism..

jayabee52 2011-12-22 22:32:15 -0600 Report

I would suspect you already know what you SHOULD be doing. I would take my BG a MINIMUM of 3 x /day #1 when you first get up, #2 two hours after a meal of your choice #3 Just before you get into bed for the night. Write them down on a spreadsheet or a log book and take them to your endo. Then your endo can get an idea of what is happening inside your body and may get your BG stabilized by getting the right dosages at the right time.

Caroltoo 2011-12-22 22:09:16 -0600 Report

I think most of us have gone through times like that. Tell us some more. What's your A1c, your BG? You are type 1, so check out the discussion postings about Type 1. What are you doing that makes you say you are unmotivated?

jayabee52 2011-12-22 22:05:52 -0600 Report

Howdy Hungry!
As a T2 I had a dickens of a time getting my BG numbers under control.

You have a pretty steep learning curve to climb, especially with T1. Just take it easy and learn a little bit every day. I believe that coming here is the best way to do that since there are a lot of years of experience all put together in one place. DietCherry, Richard157, JonBen or JB (sorry if I missed someone) have had T1 for quite a while. Look them up and friend them. I am sure they will give you invaluable information.

I also, even though a T2 can sometimes help with general information about diabetes.

Blessings to you and yours


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