New life with Type 1

By blacksmithisaac Latest Reply 2014-10-17 13:38:03 -0500
Started 2012-10-13 03:22:45 -0500

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.

8 replies

L.Chancellor 2014-10-17 13:38:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing your story my friend. I am 27 now but found out that I had type 1 when I was 18. I found out after working at a concession stand at my high school basketball game. The free snacks had my levels through the roof!!! Our stories are very similar and I must commend you for your fighting spirit. Glad everything is working out for you and I hope all continues to go well. Like someone once told me, diabetes isn't the end of life, its the start of a healthier one instead!

billyelle 2012-11-05 11:01:13 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed two years ago with type 1 at the age of 57. I have done a lot of work when it comes to educating myself about diabetes. Here is where I disagree with the diet you are on. First of all, you need carbs to have energy. There is nothing wrong with eating whole grain rice or bread, you just have to learn how to time your insulin. This is much easier on a pump, but can be done with injections. Next, eating a lot or red meat and a lot of fat is just plain bad for your body. Your glucose levels may be impressive, but as a diabetic, you are more prone to kidney disease. All of that meat and fat is very trying on your kidneys, not to mention on your arteries, which will eventually get clogged. Just remember that the runner Jim Fix died because of his terrible diet even though he was in great athletic shape.

I, too, refuse to change my life because of this disease. I hike and long distance bike ride and work out at the gym. It's all just more difficult and can be very frustrating. Luckily, I have learned a lot of tricks for handling this disease and try very hard to keep my numbers in a good place. It doesn't always work, but I keep on trying.

FriendlyGuy 2012-11-03 13:09:29 -0500 Report

What? 60 carb each meal? This must be mistake since its going to increase your blood sugar level up! Please find a new type one diabetes doctor who understands how your whole body system works. I know there are many doctors that are really stupid and idiots! I warn you: if you eat any low carb foods, then it will burn the fat which is called acetone..It smells like a nail polisher. I agree with low carb foods that stabilize your blood sugar well, but please be careful when it comes to a low blood sugar level. Keep working to improve your blood sugar well, or you will pay the price.

Rm00000 2012-11-03 11:14:18 -0500 Report

I think that this is just working because you are in your honeymoon period. No carbs and very low carbs is not a healthy lifestyle for a prolonged period of time.

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Set apart 2012-10-17 06:02:08 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome! This sounds great when I was diagnosed with T1 over a year ago I was also told the same thing 45 carbs per meal, etc. Through DC and research I am nome on a low carb diet like you and there are days where I don't need any novolog! So again congrats and welcome!

DeanaG 2012-10-13 12:39:53 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
Gratz! Sounds like you have found what works for you and you have a great attitude!! ;-)

Mrs.Sweet 2012-10-13 05:28:45 -0500 Report

Hello, and welcome. Thanks for sharing you're diabetic story. I've got to say I don't know much about T1 but how you felt at first is how I felt in April when I found out I'm T2.

JSJB 2012-10-13 03:41:35 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC. On this site you will meet people who can help you with your condition. You will find that some diets are ok for some people but not for others. Read what ever you can and get as much knowledge as you can. You can live a long health life but only you can do it by hard work on diet and exercise. Again good luck and Welcome

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