First post, type 1. Please help.

joan jett
By joan jett Latest Reply 2013-08-26 06:43:47 -0500
Started 2013-07-29 23:54:23 -0500

Hi, i'm 25 yrs old and I am a type 1 diabetic for about 4 years. I have not been taking it seriously at all . My sugar levels are always high, I smoke and don't exercise. And I eat terrible things. I'm ashamed of it but you all know how hard this is and sometimes it just feels impossible to manage ( even when I do try). I really want to change my life around. I am ready and I'm terrified of complications. And I really need some help!!! Can anyone give me the perfect low glycemic diet that has plenty vitamins etc. I am also mostly vegetarian. I just need someone to help me and give me an exact strict diet and I promise i will do everything to stick to it. I need a new way of life. Help!
I want to stay healthy and strong and not feel terrible all the time.

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forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-08-25 18:05:55 -0500 Report

The 1st thought that I have is to get incontact with an eduacator through your Doc. …Even though the eduactor isnt you, keep an open mind as much as you can,lixten to what the instructior has to say… Then put the pieces together,write it down if you feel the need to succeed as you grow older with the diabetes.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-04 17:46:05 -0500 Report

I am type1 for 2 years now. I just recently started on the pump and a constant glucose monitor. Before the pump I was so frustrated. I was taking 2 long acting shots and 3 to 4 bolus shots a day. I have been very careful about what I eat from the beginning, but until I started on the pump i was not able to manage my B/G very well because of the unpredictability of the long acting insulin and the inability to take 1/2 or 1/4 units,
Now with the use of the pump, it is calibrated to my specific needs and it adjusts my bolus according to my B/G. It's awesome! If the pump is an option for you, I would suggest you look into it. Also, a good diabetes educator is so very important.
Another thing I have found to be useful is the Calorie King ap

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2013-08-02 15:02:52 -0500 Report

Joan, I have been type 1 for 15 years, and I have definitely been where you are at with it. This site has all sorts of great resources. I recommend digging into the articles section. Search for topics at the top left and filter down to what you are looking for. Here is a good one on carb counting, which is, in my opinion, your #1 tool for a type 1 diabetic.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-30 22:46:30 -0500 Report

Best thing you can do for your health right now is start exercising, quit smoking(I know it's hard but have you seen those commercials of the people who smoke and had amputation? Scary!!), and talk to your doctor about a good and healthy diet for a diabetic. Also check your sugar 4-8 times a day, make corrections to high blood sugar levels, and take insulin when needed for eating.
Good Luck getting it under control!! I went through a similar phase, so I know it's hard but definitely do-able! I have faith in you!

_Sean 2013-07-30 00:21:52 -0500 Report

One breakfast that works great for me is a bowl of oatmeal and 2 eggs. Or a bowl of oatmeal and yogurt. It has good carbohydrates, fiber, protein. I have found that eating a really good breakfast in the morning is a great way to start your day. Helps keep your sugars more steady. It is easy to calculate insulin for something like this as well. Always try to eat some protein and carbs during meals, it helps your body not spike so high.

I don't think it would be realistic to try and give you a diet over this forum. Do you have a dietician? If not you should see one, or get a couple books and just start reading. It is crazy how much you will learn without even really realizing it. One thing my doctors stressed to me is the goal with type 1 is not to give you a strict diet. Usually strict diets fail because people are going to eat what they want to eat. THe main thing is just learning how to give yourself the correct amount of insulin for the things you choose to eat. I am not saying that means drinking soda all the time and eating high fructose corn syrup is OK for you.

Do you use a sliding scale/ insulin to carb ratio?
My brother bought me a scale so I could actually weigh carbs and than just look up how much grams of carbs what I weighed is exactly. Its really helpful, and the scales are pretty cheap. If you don't want to get a scale try putting things into measuring cups so you can get more accurate with how much carbs you are eating.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-26 06:43:47 -0500 Report

I weigh and measure everything!! It's a bit time consuming but, I'm not comfortable guessing, being sensitive to insulin a small mistake in calculating makes a big difference.

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