Is it really that hard? (Managing "Your" Diabetes)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-04-04 09:05:12 -0500
Started 2012-03-28 10:44:51 -0500

How many diabetics are having a hard time managing their diabetes?

Are you trying to fall within the proposed guidelines of blood glucose management?

Or are you aware that those numbers are "only" a guideline, that your ideal blood glucose range must be determined by so many personal factors concerning your health, such as your weight, height, body mass, medical conditions, eating habits and allergies! (Among the least)

The list can go on, and on but what's important is this, "Your" diabetes is "Yours" and "Yours" alone.

Your method of diabetes care and management should be created for you, by your doctor with "You" the individual in mind.
Your diabetes medications may be different than those that your spouse may take, your exercise program must be geared towards what you are capable of doing physically.

Your diet and meal plans must be designed with your dietary needs in mind, unfortunately we sometimes forget this and we tend to "generalize" the management of our diabetes, which we shouldn't.

What works for someone else may not work for, or be right for you!

What do you think, or have to say about this?


52 replies

robertoj 2012-04-03 01:58:49 -0500 Report

Managing diabetes is something of a puzzle. I agree with you about creating a program tailored to each individual. I would just like to add that the program you created in the past may not suit your needs today. I have other health issues that affect my normal physical activity and my choice of medications are also affected by other issues. So remember to keep your program updated. The most important thing is don't make management a chore. We may slip but we will not be defeated. We have a lot of support here so we need never go it alone.

Lakeland 2012-04-02 07:37:22 -0500 Report

when I first got diagnosed, I was extremely angry & then it started to make me look into things better. My dad was diabetic & died of kidney failure. so I knew it was serious, however the rules about diabetes changed from when he got it & then the rules they told me were so different, so I told the educator you either lied to my dad or your lying to me.

The doctor originally told me "to eat nothing white" what the heck was that.

So I started reading & chatting here & now I do everything around the carb/fiber content. however I do cheat because now I'm more familiar about what foods do to my sugars.

However today I have a cold & the medicines & cough drops are really playing with my numbers. so I'll be learning more things this week.

I know for myself, fruit is a big blood sugar spiker for me & the higer fiber foods don't spike my sugars much. "healthy" cereals really spike my numbers, I'm better off with bacon & eggs. I do try to get more protien

I was asked to a pancake breakfast but declined because that is way to many carbs, the pancakes, the fruit, the juice, the syrup. so I do try to pay attention.

shnell25 2012-04-02 12:57:20 -0500 Report

I experienced those same emotions when I was first told that my doctor was concerned about my levels. She felt that because it was prevalent in my family on both my maternal and paternal sides that it was in my best interest to be put on a low dose regimen. I didn't like that, but I didn't take my di agnose seriously either. Now though it's different and I am watching everything I eat; I monitor how it affects my BGL and adjust my eating patterns accordingly.

I'm constantly online researching how changes in diabetic research and medications are beneficial to my situation.

MAYS 2012-04-04 09:05:12 -0500 Report

Please post any information that you may think is important that you may discover in your research online.

Young1s 2012-04-02 09:14:29 -0500 Report

Read the label on those so called "healthy" cereals. Their carbs can be upwards of 30g per serving. So then the question becomes is it really all that healthy?

Gambling 2012-04-02 13:01:55 -0500 Report

some are even at 40+ grams a serving
I found one that is total of 14g of carbs( 5g dietary fiber and 2 g of sugar ) abd a whopping of 10g of protien .It is called kellog's Special K protien Plus Cereal

Young1s 2012-04-02 13:17:34 -0500 Report

I'm going shopping later this week and will definitely be looking for this one. I miss my morning cereal.

Gambling 2012-04-02 13:32:44 -0500 Report

Make sure to look for the protien plus box, the others with strawberries or what not are about 27g -29g of carbs

Nick1962 2012-04-02 10:59:21 -0500 Report

Label reading was the very first thing we did in our diet class. It is amazing how much stuff is out there labeled as "healthy" that's really worse than it's simple home cooked counterpart.

sadi23 2012-04-02 15:09:30 -0500 Report

oh me too…w/ lots of suger, had to stop that…I had always thought it was good for me, except the suger of course, even before D..T

Nick1962 2012-04-02 11:53:09 -0500 Report

A nice El Rey Del Mundo please with dark Maduro wrapper.
But seriously, that was my "food funeral" day and i remember it well. Always thought Grape Nuts was a healthy cereal, really loved them and preferred them over oatmeal. I still mourn the loss.

Young1s 2012-04-02 13:14:23 -0500 Report

For me it was Quaker's Oats, Honey & Raisins Natural Granola. That stuff tastes good with or without milk. Broke my heart to find out it was 38g. Still buy it for the family but not tempted to eat it. Not worth blowing breakfast on a bowl.

Caroltoo 2012-04-02 12:43:55 -0500 Report

I can sure identify with that! Grape Nuts was my favorite for years, especially with way, way too much sugar on it!!!!

jayabee52 2012-04-02 15:15:08 -0500 Report

I ate Grape Nuts without sweeteners of any kind because I tasted the sugar in the cereal. More would have just ruined it.

Nick1962 2012-04-02 15:32:54 -0500 Report

Funny, that's really the only thing I remeber putting sugar on.
I would eat it dry, funneled into a 10oz. bottle during hikes though with no sugar.

EdnaShukis 2012-03-30 09:49:37 -0500 Report

Oh how true, I try to keep my glucose between 80 and 100 but let it fall where it will. I have had it for over 36 years and absolutely no complications so I must be doing something right. Keep up the good work!

jigsaw 2012-03-31 13:30:45 -0500 Report

That is excellent! I've done the first 18 years with no complications,I hope to do another 18 with the same results. If you don't mind me asking, how long have you been on insulin?

EdnaShukis 2012-03-31 16:21:35 -0500 Report

I have been on Insulin since 1993…before that they had me on meds there weren't as many choices back then and I was taking 4 tabs of Diabinase 4 times a day and they weren't working so they put me on insulin and in a matter of days, I felt better than I had in years… I think they burnt my pancreas out, once I loose weight I am going to have them do a C-Peptide test to see if I can get off of it. Thanks and you can do this too.

nzingha 2012-03-30 12:50:07 -0500 Report

pls share some of the secrets to managing the beast…

EdnaShukis 2012-03-31 11:11:43 -0500 Report

I test my blood sugars 1 to 4 times a day, depending where it is, if it is running high, I test more often. I use Humulin Insulin 70/30 dose according to how my BS running. I use Humulin Regular Insulin to cover a sliding scale according to my BS at that time. If my FB is high I will test 4 x's a day, if it is normal 80 - 100 I do not test until the next day unless I eat a real high carb meal, than I will test 2 hours after I eat it or Give myself an Reg Ins dose prior to eating it according to the carb count like the insulin pump users… Only diff I have to inject each time. I keep all of my doctor's appointments, at least twice a year or more frequently depending what is going on with my health. I just became active in DC to have more support and that has really helped and became an active participant, prior to that I just read the news letters. I eat mostly what I want within reason. I do not add extra sugar or salt. I control it with the insulin, however I do not pig out often as that will interfere with my weight, since the insulin will use all the extra blood sugar floating around in my blood stream and if my body has more glucose than it needs it will store it as fat. I do not allow my Blood Sugar to get hight because I keep a tight control on it. Hope that helps! Edna If you would like my sliding scale just let me know. I think it is pretty much standard… My ultimate goal is to loose enough weight that I may no longer need insulin and just control with diet and exercise. I do exercise at least 5 times a week…

shortysmalls 2012-04-01 21:32:00 -0500 Report

sometimes it is and sometimes it isnt. I have my hubby who takes care of me and my back when I cant like today since I woke up sick. So somedays its harder to watch out for me but most of the time I do ok. Still learning how to take care of me and been diabetic going on 7 yrs.

nzingha 2012-03-31 11:16:32 -0500 Report

thnks for this info.. i think i need to test more often…my biggest challenge is in the after lunch hours… usually jumps up.. otherwise its ok. i realise now that carbs in the evenings..not good. so i have them in the mornings… usually oates for breakfast and boiled eggs.. then for lunch i'll try a potato but i get real hungry when its geting to the evenings…i snak on nuts and fruist throughout…

EdnaShukis 2012-03-31 11:24:03 -0500 Report

Keep up the good work and yes it is easy not to test enough, but our life and comfort depend on it… Remember NO complications after 36 years and that thought will help you to do it. Good Luck

MAYS 2012-03-30 10:00:34 -0500 Report

With such a beautiful smile of confidence, I know that you are doing everything right in managing your diabetes, 35 years and no complications! (Wow!!)
Keep up the good work, and don't ever stop smiling!

Misspearl01 2012-03-29 19:59:33 -0500 Report

I have to say that I am not in control
Heck I'm still having a hard time managing my bg's. Especially since my endo switched my Meds. I know it's only been about 3 weeks on new Meds and with new dr. But I'm still struggling. I hope to soon be in the same boat as some of you guys where you say your incontrol. I am still FIGHTING 

EdnaShukis 2012-03-31 16:25:12 -0500 Report

So sorry to hear this, don't give up though I have had my struggles sometimes too. Keep up the fight, you can win and make sure you test, keep a record when and how high then take it to your doctor and ask for advice. I am very lucky as I am a nurse and have always maintained my bg my self since I know how to do, but if I have to I seek help. This is a good place to be for support as we have all been there, done that!

MAYS 2012-03-30 09:30:53 -0500 Report

Take your time, you can do it!

There is no "magic pill" for managing diabetes, just a proven way that requires your time, participation and dedication, it can be rough sometimes but think of all of the rewards that will be to your benefit, (great health and confidence among them) so just keep trying…I try every day…but I never give up!
And I know that neither will you, so let's manage our diabetes together, you, me and the entire "Diabetic Connect Family!"


EdnaShukis 2012-03-31 16:26:23 -0500 Report

How true, you hit the nail on the head… It does require time, participation and dedication and education… learn as much as you can.

berrykins0 2012-03-29 17:13:50 -0500 Report

i say it isn't hard as long as you follow your meal plan and count calories carbs maintain healthy weight and exercise lose weight if you need too.have had my diabetes undercontrol for 2 1/2 yrs i'm proud of myself. i will always need to take 1 tablet metforin and count calories carbs and exersize will keep an eye on maintaining a healthy weight but it will pay off in the end .plus check my blood sugars twice a day too.

MAYS 2012-03-30 09:23:14 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%!
It will indeed payoff in the end, it takes an effort to manage diabetes, no effort means no management, once we have a plan, we have a blueprint for success.

Nick1962 2012-03-29 16:08:31 -0500 Report

Not anymore. Being a T2 for me just means I have to pack a lunch and eat it at the same time each day. Sure I still have to test, but it’s just one more little thing in my day I need to remember like closing the garage door at night. Hopefully if I keep doing good, I won’t have to regularly (test that is, gotta close that garage door or there’s critters in my car in the morning).
Wasn’t always like this though. Thought for sure it was the start of a long, downhill slide for me. But after I took off the first 10 pounds, I saw I could gain ground back again. After 20 pounds I was really motivated, and I stopped “emotionalizing” my diabetes – I saw results and knew that all the worry in the world wouldn’t help. I had to use that wasted energy and put it on the treadmill and into recipes that would help me lose more. I went from “oh whoa is me” to “WHOA! IT’S ME!”

MAYS 2012-03-30 09:19:47 -0500 Report

Well said!
I hope that others will follow your lead in managing their diabetes, and share your enthusiasm as they witness their success!
Thank you for sharing this with us!

jayabee52 2012-03-28 18:45:45 -0500 Report

Thanks mays!

I am not having a hard time managing my diabetes as I have developed my own meal plan and have found out, just this past year, after 15 yrs of having the disease previously what works best for me. I only wish I had come to this place in my life with Diabetes (DM) much earlier in my life. But it is what it is. I don't think my "head" was in the right place with regards to DM This place (DC) had a big influence on getting my head in the right "place" to properly deal with this medical challenge.

Yes I agree that DM cannot be dealt with on a "one size fits all" basis. It would probably be easier if it were like that — generalized.

MAYS 2012-03-28 18:56:19 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%, it would be so much easier if it were general, but since it isn't we have to make our way blindly at times until the experience takes over!

It's wonderful that you developed a plan that works for you based on experience, this is a method "all" diabetics should adopt, individualizing our diabetes care based on what works for us as individuals.

It does take time, effort, documentation and an honest assessment, but as you have stated, it does work, and that's what we need, a plan and method that works!

Young1s 2012-03-28 14:32:22 -0500 Report

I'm just about 6 months into this journey but I realized early on that it's mine to walk alone. No one will test for me, cook/eat right for me, take my meds for me, etc. And even if they did, how would that help me?

I occasionally feel a little selfish when I'm considering what I can prepare for myself and then build the family's meals around that but it's necessary. I'm the main cook in the house but my husband and three out my four children are old enough that if they don't want to eat what I've prepared they can fix something else and that's just fine.

I've been seeing some of the best BG's that I've seen ever because I'm constantly figuring and adjusting things here and there…sometimes daily. I think that's the key for me: continuing to do what works and recognizing when something is and changing it.

There's something I stopped telling new members that I should start doing again. It was something like "We'll do our best to be of support, but this is your journey to walk. We can't make you test, eat (or not eat), exercise, etc… these things are all on you.".

MAYS 2012-03-28 15:24:50 -0500 Report

Don't ever feel that you are being selfish when it comes to taking care of who?


It's beautiful when we take control over what we can control, whenever you look at your numbers you know that "You" are the cause of those good numbers as well as the bad ones, but it inspires you either way to do better and that is a good thing!

So keep up the good work, stay focused and don't forget to remind every new family member what you used to in the past, (Your words are below, not mine),

"We'll do our best to be of support, but this is your journey to walk. We can't make you test, eat (or not eat), exercise, etc… these things are all on you."

These words will prove to be an inspiration to them, and so will you!


Type1Lou 2012-03-28 14:02:49 -0500 Report

After 36 years, I find coping with diabetes is still a struggle but I am not discouraged. My last A1c was up by .2 to 7.0…I had expected it to be lower. :( My endo seemed less concerned about this than I. My goal is to get it back down into the low 6's. I agree that every diabetic has to manage THEIR OWN condition. I find that 120 carbs per day works for me. My pump target range is between 110-120 but I'm happy with readings from 70 to 140. (I do occasionally go over 200…need to give up Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza…and be better at exercising.) The key for me is to recognize that it is my responsibility to eat properly and exercise and find the strength to make the right decisions…to deal with the stress of having diabetes without the distress.

MAYS 2012-03-28 14:14:30 -0500 Report

Very well said!
I like the fact that you are not discouraged, it means that you take it as a challenge regardless of the outcome, and that will always be a good thing!

If Taco Bell can make a Mexican Pizza, so can you, so why not make your own?
Or you can simply have a smaller piece at different times of the day.

Either way, you have the right attitude towards managing your diabetes, I believe that you will do well, very well in the future!