Gaining more control tips

dippy_diabetic
By dippy_diabetic Latest Reply 2013-08-14 14:25:57 -0500
Started 2013-08-13 09:06:41 -0500

I am type 1 diabetic and have an insulin pump, when I first got my pump it was a lot of help and made me feel a lot better as I was terrified of injections but now that I have had it for a while I have lost concentration and forget to put in my dose ALL of the time and my sugars have started to rocket over what they should be. I've been trying to get them back to normal but just can't get into a routine so I need to know what I can do to help lower my sugars and re-gain control quickly and also some tips on the small things I can do to make having diabetes easier. Thanks


3 replies

keilout
keilout 2013-08-14 14:25:57 -0500 Report

I also recommend the CGM. You should check your pump to see if you can set bolus reminders. I use a Minimed Paradigm Revel, and have set bolus reminders for 3 times daily. I set mine for about half an hour after I usually finish my meals. If I have already taken my bolus, I just turn it off. However, there are way too many times I have forgotten and am thankful for the reminder. Good luck.

zwee123
zwee123 2013-08-13 16:55:05 -0500 Report

Get a CGM! Unbelievably helpful! I find the Dexcom G4 is the best and most accurate. It can catch the rises before you're high, and you can set alarms to remind you to check. It's fantastic for someone who forgets to check because it does it for you!

CallumB
CallumB 2013-08-13 10:37:50 -0500 Report

Keep your metabolism high is a good thing for a diabetic. Things like heavy weights, certain foods have this effect.
Tips:
Avoid packaged food where possible
Fats/carbs/calories/protein aren't your enemy they're your friend.
Food additives, and high sugar are your enemy.
Attempt to eat things with only one ingredient. So microwave pasta is a no. But you can make whatever is in that pasta yourself and eat it.
People will say simple carbohydrates are pure sugar. It's crap, simple carbohydrates are fine if you're physically active.