Trying to get back on track!

hanna bella
By hanna bella Latest Reply 2014-04-18 15:07:13 -0500
Started 2014-04-17 05:32:49 -0500

Okay, so I am 18 years old and a freshman in university. I have had type 1 diabetes for almost 4 years now. When I was first diagnosed, I had amazing control but for the past two years, things have been really bad and I want to get back on track. I have mainly neglected my insulin because I feel like if I don't take it, I'll lose weight. I feel like any time I take insulin, no matter how much it is, even if it's just like 2 units - I'm just getting fatter. I have had many experiences in the hospital due to extreme high blood sugar and have been in dka countless times and I practically NEVER check my sugar. I want to change and I want to be healthy. With being in university, it's really hard. It's hard to eat well, a lot of the times I just grab a quick bag of chips cause I have so much to do. I have a job, I'm in three different clubs and I have to maintain a high average in school. Does anyone have any tips to help with management and a new mindset about weight gain?? I'm really scared and I want to be healthy and manage this properly. Please don't be mean, haha - I know that high blood sugar is my own fault! :)

5 replies

Type1Lou 2014-04-18 15:07:13 -0500 Report

Without trying to overwhelm you, I would advise you to become "carb aware". By reducing my carbohydrates to 120 grams per day, I've been able to maintain a healthy weight and a good A1c. Read the labels on the foods that you eat. Stock up on lower-carb quick food. (veggies, nuts and some fruit) If I'm on the go, my lunch might be an apple with a few chunks of cheese. And, please, do check your BG's more often. You can do it if you set your mind to it!

jayabee52 2014-04-17 16:11:28 -0500 Report

Howdy Hannah
I tried to lose weight by running my BG numbers up, even though at the time I was on Metformin (so technically I could not have it but — I suffered the consequences of it). What I was trying to do was lose weight by "Diabulemia" ~

You will note that this is an eating disorder for T1Ds.

The main way you can fight the weight gain on insulin is to keep one's Blood Glucose levels down to just what you need to fuel your body. Any extra will put fat on, because your body doesn't know when its next feeding time will be. (it is the same, really for "insulin normals" as well when they pack on the fat.)

Doing that in the college life, as Jeanette showed with her link can be difficult, and she lists several different excellent suggestions as how to overcome those difficulties.

Whether or not you actually have diabullemia would be something you will need to consult with your Dr over. (OH great another thing I got to do) But it is important for you to do it. Even if it means backing off in one or all of your clubs. Your health is most important, and then your GPA, Everything else can be let go by the wayside, and picked back up when your equilbrium is established again.

God's best to you

James Baker

hanna bella
hanna bella 2014-04-17 12:29:50 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the advice and understanding. It's nice to know that someone else has had a hard time with stuff like this as well, I have thought about a pump, but to be honest - I'm nervous about summer approaching and people seeing the pump and stuff. I know it sounds stupid, but I think i shouldn't worry about that anyway because it sounds like a pump would really help. :)

jaydoubleyou23 2014-04-17 09:56:45 -0500 Report

I know it's hard to take insulin with the knowledge that it's going to make you gain weight, but you have to remember it's healthy weight. If you take your insulin regularly with a healthy diet with no junk food, that weight from insulin will be practically gone. I know it's hard. A few months ago I let my sugars get so out of hand that I was only 83 pounds. I'm really short so you really couldn't see a big difference, but I could. But the last few months I got back up to my normal weight of 95 and I feel great! If you want to be healthy and actually feel healthy you definitely got to get in a good mindset. Especially being in college you don't want to be sick while participating in so many activities. :)
Have you ever thought about getting on a pump ?