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By *~*sTeFy*~* Latest Reply 2012-03-14 15:03:59 -0500
Started 2012-03-14 01:48:22 -0500

Hello Everyone my name is stefanie I'm 27 and was barely diagnosed with diabetes less then a year ago. I'm having a hard time with it all. Eating right, taking the pills, being tired all the time, others not understanding, and all the other things that come along with this disease. If anyone has any suggestions where to start I would love the advice.

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Type1Lou 2012-03-14 15:03:59 -0500 Report

Hi Stefy! Welcome to DC. I, too was 27 when I was diagnosed with Type1…that was 36 years ago! This is a great site for info and support. I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about diabetes, in general, and specifically, how it affects YOU since we all react a bit differently. There are many good books in the public library that can help you. My life was changed after I read Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". He is a strong proponent of reducing the carbs in a diabetic diet to achieve good BG numbers. I also found Suzy Cohen's book "Diabetes Without Drugs" to be thought-provoking and it is more geared to Type 2 diabetics. As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one where the individual can exercise a substantial amount of control by watching what is eaten and how much exercise is done. Diabetes need not control your life or limit you if you learn and make the right choices.

jayabee52 2012-03-14 11:49:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Stefanie! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect.

I have had diabetes for some 17 years now (don't remember the exact date of my diagnosis {Dx})

Being tired all the time suggests to me that either that your Blood Glucose (BG) levels are running high, or that there is something else (like kidney problems) going on with your body.

I have found that cutting my carbohydrate ("carb") load has helped me greatly. I had been on low doses of insulin (example: due to kidney issues) and I decided that since I was on a low dose of insulin I might be able to discontinue the insulin and eat very low carbs and high protein. I have managed to normalize my BG levels, achieve an A1c of 5.5 and lose about 65 lbs since I started my experiment in Feb 2011. You can view my meal plan here ~

It is a bit on the extreme side, but it is worth it to me to get off the insulin

I pray this may be of help to you.


kindlekm 2012-03-14 10:33:16 -0500 Report

Welcome I know how you feel I am 23 and was diagnosed 3 months ago I suggest going to a dietician if you haven't already that an being at home on break really helped me get used to it quicker than I might have on my own

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-14 06:48:42 -0500 Report

Welcome, just know that you are not alone, as a newbie, (6 mos.) I still am struggling to find the balance. You have just hit gold with DC, this site is wonderful filled with wonderful people and treasures of information to guide you! Best of luck!

Gambling 2012-03-14 06:41:02 -0500 Report

as divine,fool said step by step , getting the BG is top priority !
just get into a schedule to check BG, change ur diet ( lots of info around here even some great step at a time slow and ssteady