What Has Been Your Biggest Frustration/Challenge?

By bhanson68 Latest Reply 2013-11-30 20:46:10 -0600
Started 2013-11-24 12:22:23 -0600

My question to everyone is: What has been your biggest frustration or challenge with your diabetes?

So far mine has been gathering information and learning as much as I can as fast as I can so that I can hopefully avoid as many complications later on as I can.

17 replies

Kats49 2013-11-30 20:41:27 -0600 Report

My biggest frustration so far is..my family who think that i can control my attitude when my sugars are dropping…I get snappy, but when I need help to get protein or honey into my system fast they get insulted

dagger1234 2013-11-29 21:35:05 -0600 Report

I'm Asian so my biggest challenge is staying off the rice aka carbs :( i have to have rice for each meal to stay full and now that I have diabetes, I always find myself being hungry 2 hours after I eat. I have no energy when I don't have any carbs but I guess I will have to deal with it. So food would be my biggest challenge. My family, friends and bf has been supportive though. They say I don't have to punish them just because I can't eat carbs. Luckily, I love fruits and veggies so I guess it just takes time to be adjusted to a whole new way of eating.

GOARMS 2013-11-27 11:40:30 -0600 Report

2 Years in and my biggest frustration or challenge with your diabetes is the people around me (family) who have been living with type 2 for over 10 years and I have never ever seen them take it seriously. I get diagnosed do right right thing and My $%$$! was told two days in you have to go on insulin. Wait what?! These same people (family) tell me oh you can have a little this and that it wont hurt you. They do it and nothing I try to and I am flat on my butt! It so frustrating. Now I found out that cold weather can increase my sugar Wait WTH!!!!

Kats49 2013-11-30 20:43:22 -0600 Report

When your body is stressed then your BS will go up..so through trial and error ..you can adjust to this in time…may have to check your BS more often

1997GmaKat 2013-11-26 17:52:32 -0600 Report

I am Type 2 and the most difficult thing I have found in the past 9 yrs is that food is my biggest problem. I really like eating all the things that I am not saposto eat. I know when I am eating rong because I get ether hipper or down to the point of having to lay down for a half hour or so. My A1C is good the dr said. and to keep up the good work. I don't know what's worse the doctor telling me that I am doing good or me feeling like I want to ripe someone's head off. LOL it really is not that bad.

Suncerae 2013-11-26 10:47:31 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 1 year ago. Type 2. My frustration comes about with finding the right medicine. They all have the sudd affects until I get used to them. Victoza was aweful and my A1C went up a little. Hmmm. Now on bydureon and so far so good. Suffering some dude affects but I think this might be the right med

mspiggy81 2013-11-26 02:12:08 -0600 Report

my biggest challenge is trying to find a meal plan that keeps my daily carbs between 100 and 120 that doesn't make weight fly off me.

GabbyPA 2013-11-25 10:41:43 -0600 Report

My biggest frustration is doing what I know is good, and still getting crummy results. I can eat less carbs than most and still have high levels. It makes me nuts. So now, I just keep on doing the best I can, learning new things to get my carb intake lower and my exercise up so I can get in those golden ranges everyone around me seems to have....even when they eat cake.

Kats49 2013-11-30 20:46:10 -0600 Report

Gabby you just answered the best way…we just have to go with the ups an downs we are only human after all…As long as we NEVER give up..we can manage this disease

kejo 2013-11-25 10:30:52 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed at the age of 13 and I could remember being so frustrated about my blood sugars. After all the hard work of dieting, testing, counting carbs, exercising…etc. And my blood sugar were still a mess. That's when I had a burn out at the age of 15… It took me a while to come out of my slump!

dkellis 2013-11-24 14:32:00 -0600 Report

My biggest frustration has been after being diagnosed Dr. put me on 500mg twice daily of metformin after two weeks my numbers are still above 300.She changed it to 2-500mg tabs twice daily.My question is how long does it take to get numbers down?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-24 14:11:56 -0600 Report

My biggest challenge was getting a meal plan together. The week after I was diagnosed, a dear friend and neighbor who is a registered dietitian put together my meal plan and I have been going strong since then.

When you view diabetes as being a frustration you get into problems. I viewed it as a challenge. That challenge was to get it under control. About 3 months into it, I was in control and getting more and more control each month.

I have diabetes, it does not have me. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I don't focus on it, talk about it with friends or family. I have far more important things to do in life than to focus on being diabetic. Life has so many obstacles. I was shocked for 24 hours. Then jumped in got control and moved on to the next thing I had to do. Testing and taking my medication is so routine for me, I don't have to think about doing it unless I happen to forget and then I stop everything and test or take medication. I prefer to enjoy life than to worry about being diabetic.

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