By Pickles500 Latest Reply 2012-05-14 16:46:10 -0500
Started 2012-04-29 08:33:38 -0500

Hi, I've been a type 1 diabetic well over a year now, and honestly I'm not doing such a good job. My blood sugars are usually over 200's sometimes lower and my a1c is 10.4. My Endo told me i can't go on my school field trip to Cedar Point until I lower my A1C to at least a 9. (She Told Me This A Month Ago I test On Tuesday. Wish Me Luck) But anyway i try so hard to have normal blood sugar levels but nothing Really Works. Any Advice will be appreciated.
Thank you<

25 replies

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-14 10:29:45 -0500 Report

Are you on an insulin pump? And do carb counting? I was diagnosed at the age of 8, now 26. Had horrible control since last year when I got the pump and did carb counting. WOW! What a difference it makes. Also, as a teen, they told me because I was going thru puberty and my hormones were allllll over the palace! If you wanna talk , just hit me up and feel free to vent! :)

margokittycat 2012-05-01 18:30:50 -0500 Report

Dear Pickles500, I have been diabetic for 32+ years, I was diagnosised before my 10th birthday. I know as a youngster it is hard, because you don't want to feel different around your friends by my dear friend, you need to do what the doctor has told you to do and stop doing the things you know you aren't suppose to do. Trust me it is better in the long run to do righ now and continue to do it the rest of your life than not to do it and have the complications that you may incurre from do the things you should not be doing.

GolfNshape 2012-05-01 16:37:21 -0500 Report

Been diabetic since 1987.. Am 31 years old now… What aren't you doing that you know you should be? Just do it… :).. You'll feel sooooo much better

niomi nightfall
niomi nightfall 2012-04-30 23:33:53 -0500 Report

I am a teen to, (I was diagnosed at age 6) and lately I have been having very high blood sugars. I get distracted a lot and just forget. Do u do that 2??? My A1c is 9.4!!! I'm trying hard to get it back down or my mom said she'll come to school everyday and watch me test and eat lunch with me. Yikes!!!!! I'm working hard to. I hope yr A1c gets down!!!!

JSJB 2012-05-01 03:43:36 -0500 Report

Yikes is right. I like the way your mom thinks. Remember there are people who love you so they will do what is right to help you. It is hard work but it can be done you just have to work at it. CONGRATS MOM keep her working on keeping her BG down.

JSJB 2012-04-30 16:36:40 -0500 Report

Well Pickles500, What are you doing that is making you sugars to be high? That is what you will have to change. Good luck with your tests. Sometimes I do not watch what I eat and caboom go the blood sugars. Keep a log of what you eat and how much you exercise. Lower your carbs but not to low. There are discussions on this site that can help with that. I was keeping mine in the 20 to 30gram range but will raise it back to the 60 grams a day.

Pickles500 2012-04-30 16:49:04 -0500 Report

What Kind Of Schedule?

JSJB 2012-05-01 03:35:46 -0500 Report

What I am doing is carb counting and keeping a log which includes my weight, time I take my blood glucose, blood pressure, exercise and what I eat during the day. I try to take my P/B & BS around the same time each day. I use Word Microsoft Spreadsheet. I only test once a day and that is in the am but this month I will test in the pm. Jralphs talks about a regular schedule.

northerngal 2012-04-30 16:28:27 -0500 Report

I had a very difficult time controlling mine when I hit puberty! Think about it: Your body is going through tremendous changes and it DOES affect bs control. My Doctor didn't worry about it as long as I was able to function normally. I played sports year-round in school and was a very good athlete. I've biked thousands of miles in summer for years. Yes, it makes it tougher to avoid lows, but the diabetes didn't affect anything except my energy level (when high). No one ever knew I was diabetic, in fact. Expecting perfect numbers at this time in your life might be impossible. I did find that eating regular meals at consistent times made a big difference, but the numbers didn't settle until college. You have to be disciplined and alcohol is definately not good, but I think you'll find things get easier after puberty. Remember, that lasts more than a few years as your body continues to mature. You'll be fine, keep working at it.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2012-04-30 15:55:48 -0500 Report

I have found that regularity is key. I have had type 1 diabetes for 14 years and know what it is like to deal with it as a teenager. I can't say that I have found any one thing that works, but I do know that if I try to keep a regular schedule my blood sugars are better. the more consistency there is the better.

Caroltoo 2012-04-29 17:34:00 -0500 Report

Hi, Pickles! Type1Lou gave you some good ideas about food. I'd like to add a few thoughts about other things: regular exercise and stress. STRESS, both good and bad, can also really raise your BGs. So if you are stressing out about a test (negative stress) or a date with someone really great (positive stress), these are also events that can drive your BGs up.

Reality is that we can't (and don't want to) avoid all stress, but you can learn how to relax and bring the adrenalin (and BGs) back down. For you, it may be quick run, lifting weights, 20-min walk (something physical to rid your body of the adrenalin and the excess glucose), or a soothing ritual before bed, or a funny movie that you really LOL when you see. Belly laughs are good for you!! Good luck. Carol

Type1Lou 2012-04-29 14:12:09 -0500 Report

I'm guessing you're a teenager and that your body is still changing, which probably makes it harder for you than for us older Type 1's. I would suggest that you keep a food diary to help you track which foods and how much affect your blood sugars. You might also wish to note activity levels which will also affect your blood sugars. Get a carb-counting guide and use it every time you eat so you can dose your insulin appropriately. Your A1c indicates that you are not in control of your diabetes and continuing on that road will lead to nasty complications. Only YOU decide what you put into your mouth; good control is within your grasp, if you make the right choices. For me, controlling the number of carbs I eat is the key to better control. My last A1c was 7.0 but I want to get it back into the 6's. I'm 5'3" tall and limit my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day. It's not easy but the long-term results are worth it.

Pickles500 2012-04-29 14:46:47 -0500 Report

Wow Thank You, I will limit my carbs and I think I'll start the food diary. Thank you really, this just gave me a boost of motivation I'll try it an I'll tell you the results.

Type1Lou 2012-04-30 12:03:24 -0500 Report

Hope this helps you too. I didn't develop my Type 1 until I was 27, so I didn't have to deal with it along with ansgt of being a teenager. I'm 63 now…old enough to be your grandmother. Don't get discouraged. Diabetes need not be a death sentence and is one of the more manageable chronic diseases. Wishing you well Pickles!

Pickles500 2012-04-30 15:06:28 -0500 Report

Thank you it does help! Wow 36 years congratulations! And the past 2 days all blood sugars are good! hope I can keep it up, thank you!

Harlen 2012-04-29 09:12:12 -0500 Report

Are you counting carbs ?
Do you know what your insulin too carb ratio is
Are you on a pump ?
What are you taking for D?
let me know and I may be able to help a lot more
Best wishes

Pickles500 2012-04-29 10:19:41 -0500 Report

I sometimes count carbs, my carb ratio is 12, I'm not on a pump,and I use thee novolog flex pen .

Harlen 2012-04-29 11:36:43 -0500 Report

For me if I dont count all the carbs every carb my numbers will be off .
You know what your carb ratio is so you just use a scale you will know how much insulin you need just keep on top of it
I use a book cald the calorie king that tells me how menny carbs are in what .
It even covers take out food lol lol
The thing with D is it will make you be a better eater lol i know it has for me
Hope this helps
Best wishes

Tigger0424 2012-04-29 17:24:08 -0500 Report

Hi sorry it took so long for me to respond, no I am not counting carbs, I just watch what I eat and I try and eat a lot more vegetables due to the diverticulim, I take the generic for Aymaryl 1mg a day along with lipitor and larsoran, I feel ok just need to lose weight.

Harlen 2012-04-29 20:18:35 -0500 Report

I know its hard when your yung but you know it is up to you to keep your numbers good counting carbs is the only way to go .
I work on it every day yes it is a pain in the butt and it is a job and 1/2
As you work on it you will see that what you eat realy dose affect you.
even when you snack .

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