Hi all. I was just diagnosed with type 1 a few months ago. I was 23 years old, 145 pounds, and fairly fit. I had no knowledge about diabetes, or that it could happen to someone like me. I spent a couple weeks wondering what was wrong with me. I had all the symptoms, was feeling like crap, and lost weight uncontrolllably down to 123. Finally i decided I had to go to the doctor and was diagnosed, and immediately sent to the ICU in the hospital. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days while the staff struggled and failed to get my blood sugar below 240. I hated the hospital, all I could do was just lay helplessly in bed, and I really felt fine. Finally they decided to let me go, giving me basic instructions on how to live the rest of my life. I was told to eat 60 carbs each meal, and 12 units of insulin each meal, along with a seperate 12 of lantis. I got home, still in the dream-like shock of having been diagnosed with this disease. At first I did as the doctors told me, eating regular meals with injections of insulin. It was a real struggle to control my blood sugar. After my first meal, I shot over 300, but didn't tell my family simply because I didnt want to go back to the hospital. I then told my family I didn't want to have to inject this insulin for the rest of my life.
It was then that my brother and mother began researching the disease and discovered ways to control blood sugar much easier. They suggested that I adopt a low-carb diet. I agreed, because at this point I was willing to do anything because it felt as though my life was falling apart because of this stupid disease. I started in with it, and also adopted the warrior diet, which is undereating for 20 hours a day and overeating for 4 hours in the evening. The first couple weeks of this was not easy. I felt drained because I was eating little to no carbs for energy. After about 2 weeks passed, I began to feel better. It was as if I had trained my body for the new diet schedule. Not only did I feel better, but I felt better than before diabetes. My blood sugar has become so easy to control, that I take one half unit of novalog a day during my meal, instead of the 36 I would have if I would have followed the doctors orders. I've gained nearly all my weight back as well, and I am full of energy all day. My blood sugar levels have been near perfect, even better than some of my nondiabetic family members. My meals usually consist of lots of vegetables, a good amount of red meat with a lot of animal fat, and an apple to satisfy what is left of my sugar cravings.
I am going to live a long healthy life with this disease. It is almost as if it happened to me to force me to become stronger and healthier than almost anyone I know. Carbs are not an essential part of the diet and we can get by with protein and fat, and a good amount of veggies. Don't give in to this disease, and know that there is a way to control it. Use it as an excuse to be even more healthy than you were before. This is a life shortening disease, but only if you let it be. This disease has been going on long before us, and has been dealt with accordingly. The less synthetic insulin we have to put into our bodies, the better off we will be. Consider a new style of life, eating healthier with a low carb diet to help regulate the blood glucose. It has worked wonders for me.
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