diabetes mgmt

jigsaw
By jigsaw Latest Reply 2012-03-05 13:05:51 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 09:24:07 -0600

There are numerous and pertinent ways to manage your diabetes, especially bg. What do you feel is the most important, or ONE of the more important steps that you utilize in your diabetes mgmt ?

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18 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-20 10:13:51 -0600 Report

I agree with Roshy. Testing is so important. It's the first indicator as to whether your on the right track or not. I used to test 6x a day (before and after every meal) but had to cut down to 3x. I hate it and can't wait to get back to my comfort zone.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-20 10:41:39 -0600 Report

Yes ! Testing can't be stressed enough. I'm sure there would be less diabetic complications as a result.

roshy
roshy 2012-01-19 14:37:14 -0600 Report

test test test test!!!! the more the better!!!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-20 08:28:33 -0600 Report

I do a1c, lipid panel, PSA, on a reg bases and anything else recommended by my doc. Of course I test my bg during the day.

roshy
roshy 2012-03-05 12:44:31 -0600 Report

i suppose what kind of diabetes you are trying to manage makes all the difference!!! i know that food and exercise makes a signififcant difference in both all types!! but as a type one the best way i manage mine is firstly test, then decide what im going to eat then adjust my insulin!! i dont obsess about my food too much because i know how to adjust my insulin!! and exercise well, this to me is self harming so i do it sparingly so i dont get fed up and decide to set fire to the gym!! its waaaay tooo cold to go walking or jogging in Ireland!! but i suppose whatever works for you works for you!! but for me it all starts with that small finger prick!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-01-18 10:55:49 -0600 Report

Diet for me. If I follow mine strictly, everything falls into place.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-20 08:38:16 -0600 Report

" STRICTLY " is the word that is key. You're obviously getting some great results with your a1c. That is impressive!!! I think you've become a bit to furry however and the hot air balloon doesn't fool me!!!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-01-20 09:03:26 -0600 Report

Absolutely! By being strict I regulate my BG numbers, I don’t react to them or have them regulate me. Like any routine, once you establish it, it becomes second nature. Establishing it is the painful part.
And not trying to fool you at all – I’ll trot out Warren the Ape in my profile pic again when I’m in a goofy mood. This week it’s all about “serene” (that was us catching a ride with a pilot at a local balloon rally a few years back). Maybe jet boat next week depending on the mood.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-20 09:54:25 -0600 Report

That ride must have been quite an experience ! I've done boats, jetskis, planes and jets, kayaks, skis, but I never did a balloon !

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-01-20 10:39:12 -0600 Report

Put it on your bucket list jigsaw. I’ve been lucky enough to go up a few times in my life (always had a fascination for the sport). It is a surreal experience – your mind tells you you should be scared out of your wits just being held up by a little wicker and 200 pounds of fabric. It never enters your mind though because you get so lulled by the absolute peace and quiet (except when the burner fires).
Jets huh? I’ve got to put that on my list!

annesmith
annesmith 2012-01-18 00:15:53 -0600 Report

I have definitely found my whole life exercise is the #1 important thing. I can sit down and eat half a pizza, but when I exercise it'll burn off half of those calories pretty quick. Diet is important, but I never really believed in strict diets..they were not realistic for me. ANNE

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-18 07:28:16 -0600 Report

I think your right ! Exercise can compensate for many things when it comes to health. My grandfather didn't own a car. He walked everywhere everyday and lived to be 100 years old.

annesmith
annesmith 2012-01-19 00:41:00 -0600 Report

Yeah…it seriously does…my grandmother walked a mile a day minimum all the way up until she was 88 years old, and she was almost 100 when she died. Her doctor said when she was 80 years old that she was hovering on having to go on some insulin for what he called " borderline" type 1 diabetes—YES, I know, I'll probably get a thousand people writing me back saying there is so such a thing…well, I am not that doctor. Anyway, she stayed off of insulin, ate all greens, and only ate dessert once a month. It was predominantly her walking everyday and at the same time everyday that she had such a long life span…just like you said your grandfather did. ANNE

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-01-17 09:30:15 -0600 Report

I would have to say diet & exercise. Proper diet and even a small amount of exercise can make a world of difference. Change in diet helps me most.

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