By kitkatkatey16 Latest Reply 2014-07-14 21:55:41 -0500
Started 2014-07-14 01:13:52 -0500

I'm new to the site. I just wanted to say that I'm 16 and needing some support with getting my diabetes under control. I'm the only diabetic in my immediate family of seven. I also have a boyfriend who isn't diabetic. Im needing to loose some weight I'm open to hear all you suggestions! Thanks in advance!


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kitkatkatey16 2014-07-14 11:59:22 -0500 Report

Thanks guys! I'm honestly unsure of my type! It's crazy I know! I've been told all my life that I was a type two, but just this year I started a new doctor and she told me I was a type one and that I should have been on insulin from the beginning. I'm currently taking metformin 500mg twice a day, levimere 20 units once a day, and novo log 7 units three times a day. My sugars are not good at all and I know I'm hurting myself with them being so high I'm just so clueless

Type1Lou 2014-07-14 08:25:11 -0500 Report

Hi Kat! You're at a tough age to deal with diabetes because your body is still changing and maturing. My initial advice would be to become "Carbohydrate-Aware". That means knowing how many carbs are in everthing you eat. (Yeah, it's a hassle but necessary if you want to gain and keep control. ) Determine how many carbs you are currently consuming per day and cut back if you need to lose weight. It should also improve your BG's because carbs are the primary cause of elevated blood glucose (BG) Are you a Type 1 or a Type 2? What kind of meds are you on? If you exercise more, you may be able to increase your insulin sensitivity. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and don't hesitate to ask us any questions. I have 38 years of diabetes under my belt and hope I can offer you some helpful tips.

Chris Combs
Chris Combs 2014-07-14 07:12:20 -0500 Report

Welcome! yeah, I know how you feel about not getting any support…consider us your new family here! We will help you, I'm new myself, and already feel like I have a home here :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 21:55:41 -0500 Report

Chris one thing about support is you should never rely on it to function with diabetes. What happens when you no longer have that support. It is good to have it when and if you need it but the main thing is to learn to be self supporting.

I have a support system but I have not used it in over two years or more. This is my disease not theirs. I learned to take care of it. I do not call my friends when or if I have a high nor do I call them if I have a low or feel bad. What are they going to do about it? Nothing. I have no intention of burdening them with problems I can fix on my own. They have lives to live, families to take care of and other things to do.

I have only had one major problem with diabetes in the almost 7 years I have been diabetic. That problem occurred in February this year. I had the worse low ever. I could not get my blood sugar to come back up and when it did, it shot way up then came back down. I heard my phone ring and I could not figure out what it was when I did, I answered it. Our community services police officer was calling to tell me he was bringing me something. When he knocked on my door it sounded like I was in a tunnel. I opened the door and he said go get your coat and purse. He got me in the police car and took me lights and siren to the hospital. Thankfully I have the In Case of Emergency (ICE) app on my phone. He used that to fill out my paperwork for me. He told me to call him when I was done and he or another officer would come get me. When I was finished he sent an officer to pick me up and take me home. Then checked on me every few hours and several times the rest of the week. That is the only time I have ever needed help. Had I been able to get my blood sugar stabilized I would not have gone to the hospital.

The problem with a support system is that if the diabetic doesn't take proper care of themselves and if the person simply can't do anything without help, that support system can be one of two things. A crutch or an enabler. I don't want my family and friends to be either.

The very best thing to do is to learn to be self sufficient because your husband, children, family and friends may not be around when you need them or they may get tired of being a support system and when you need them they may not be there or have time to listen or help you fix a problem.

PegB 2014-07-14 07:12:18 -0500 Report

try smaller portions in the beginning so you do not overwhelm yourself…watch your carbs

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