Hello DC Community! My family physician dx me with type 2 in 2010. Of course, in shock, I began to fight it full-on. I've always exercised, maintained my weight & eaten mostly a vegetarian diet so it wasn't a huge change for me. With the help of Metformin, I was able to keep my A1C below 6.5 the whole time, until recently. I posted in another discussion how my sugars suddenly shot up almost overnight…runinng in the upper 200's to lower 300's; even when eating a low carb diet. Exercising wouldn't bring it down like I was use to. I decided it was finally time to see an endocrinologist. Everyone touted how great this paticular endo was so I felt, & still feel really confident with her. After speaking with the nurse for a few they took me to the room she was in at her computer. Within 5 minutes of her looking at me & looking at my paperwork, ie… bloodwork, c-peptide results she diagnosed me as Type 1. She wanted to do a GAD & IA2 antibody blood test to confirm & sure enough I got the letter the other day saying they were both elevated confirming Type 1, not Type 2. I am now on Lantus 15 units at bedtime & Novolog for carb meals, but all I've needed is the Lantus to keep me under 160 all day. I am still eating low carb. It's been hard because I was finally starting to accept I have Type 2 diabetes & now it's almost like being diagnosed all over again. I have to get used to blending my exercise with eating because I've had a few lows already & ther aren't fun at all.
Any advice from Type 1's out there I need to know? Because I haven't been studying Type 1, I've been studying Type 2; so I feel like I have a lot to learn all over again. But, the goal is still the same right? To keep my blood sugar level as close to 'normal' as possible. I'm now reading a book by Dr.Bernstein called Diabetes Solution…it's been great so far & I recommend it to Type 1's & Type 2's. Like I said, exercise is a little more tricky when you're taking insulin. Also, she told me 1 unit per 15 grams of carbs so I gave myself 2 units for 34 grams of carbs & my sugar shot up to 240; so now I just don't eat very many carbs per meal. Sorry this is so long, just feel isolated because this is an isolating disease. Thinking about going to a support group just so I can talk to other Diabetics that deal with this on a daily basis. My husband, although supportive, doesn't understand the constant juggling act it can be & I'm sure he doesn't want to discuss A1C's with me. lol
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