Hello all! This is my first post to Diabetic Connection…or any diabetes forum for that part. Just to let anyone who may be reading this know, being new to this site, I'm just looking for people who are interested in chatting about diabetes, exercise, eating right, or anything really! I don't have any complications or issues I need resolved (right now, lol). Just hoping to find somebody else to chat with that understands what people with Type 1 go through on a daily basis.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 when I was 10 (I'm now 24) and consider my diabetes well managed. Started with the humalog/humalin combo, used lantus and pens for a couple of years, and have been on an insulin pump for the last 8 years.
I only recently took a real interest in my diabetes and blood sugar control. Before then, I'd call my blood sugar management and food choices unsatisfactory (A1Cs around 7.5-8.5 - not awful, but unsatisfactory on my personal scale), but within the last 6 months I've reshaped everything! I've lost 20 pounds, have reduced my 5k time to 34 minutes, and have really improved my blood sugar averages. I still have those annoying highs and unforeseen lows, but they're less frequent for sure.
This all started in December and boy have there been some changes! I used to drink at least one diet soda every day. I gave up all soda cold turkey and don't even crave it anymore! I also gave up candy. I probably have one of the biggest sweet tooth…s? Teeth? …it's singular but, argh, nevermind. Lol. I eat chocolate, but I only indulge once a day.
I was feeling awesome. Kind of. I was doing all this work! Exercising (6 out of 7 days), eating amazingly, drinking lots of water, but I still felt off. I couldn't get up in the morning, I had no energy or motivation, and horrible stomach aches (plus crazy blood sugar spikes which doesn't help). I eat a lot of breads, crackers, and pastas. So for the next few weeks I'm going to go gluten free.
Just so you know, I'm 2 days in and already feel 80% better! I'm waking up at 6:30 without an alarm or having to push snooze for an hour, have energy all day, am sleeping great, workouts are even better. And blood sugars - perfect! I wouldn't be surprised if I'm gluten intolerant. It would explain a lot of things!
If you've read this far, thank you. :) I don't know what to post or who reads the posts, but I'm looking for someone to chat about the positive and vent about the negative. I don't know anyone with type 1 diabetes, so I've kind of been doing all this on my own. I have support from parents and am tolerated by my coworkers (I don't think my coworkers (or many of my friends for that part) understand how much of am emotional and physical toll highs and lows are). Might be nice to chat with someone who understands and has been there. :) My username here is runforfun5k and my name is Robin. Hope to chat!
I'll sign off by saying something that has empowered me and gotten me through difficult times: Yes, I have Type 1 Diabetes. No, I'm not a Diabetic. Diabetes is a disease that I have, but it is not what defines me.