Type 1 Lifer

By robinsab Latest Reply 2014-07-25 00:17:15 -0500
Started 2014-07-21 23:29:33 -0500

Hi everyone! I've been type 1 since I was 17 months old and am now a healthy 32 year old woman.

I've been on a pump for 13 years and love it! What a life changer!

I don't have any super secrets to staying healthy other than just making common-sense choices about diet/exercise. What are your go-to/common sense choices you make on a daily basis to keep you healthy and your diabetes in control?

9 replies

Rose67 2014-07-25 00:17:15 -0500 Report

My goal is to do more walking daily, except in bad weather. Test my BS and make healthier food choices. Enjoy life, laugh more, take time and better care of myself.

Jeff82 2014-07-23 12:45:25 -0500 Report

Hey Robin,
Not to be redundant from all my other friends here, but my best personal advice is to not let this disease bring you down. I find that brings my motivation to test my sugars and eat well (especially since I started pumping 2 years ago after 30 years of MDI) every single day.
That's my personal insight, I hope it helped! :)

Type1Lou 2014-07-22 07:18:25 -0500 Report

Probably the biggest change I've made in my 38 years as a Type 1 was to reduce my daily carbohydrate intake to 120 grams per day. I began really paying attention to the carbs in the early 2000's and what a world of difference it has made. I started pumping in 2011 and that too granted me better control with overall less insulin. I've adapted recipes and meals to my lower-carb needs. Life is good and I feel I'm living a healthier lifestyle than before I was diagnosed at age 27.

GabbyPA 2014-07-22 06:49:27 -0500 Report

My first one is to get out and walk every day (unless it's pouring rain, I hate wet dog smell. LOL)
My next one is salad every day, usually for at lest 2 meals. That helps in many ways, but mostly keeps my head in the game.
Testing, knowing where I am helps me make better choices to keep on target.
And most of all, just have fun every day. Try not to let it get me down.

robinsab 2014-07-22 00:02:55 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on the pump!

kimfing 2014-07-22 00:27:47 -0500 Report

U r welcome. And thanks. Still fine tuning. I am finding i cannot use cannula infusion sets. I am under better control with steel needle type. And they hurt less.

kimfing 2014-07-21 23:59:27 -0500 Report

Wow congrats. I was dx last year and doing great. Just started pumping almost a month now. My husband has been d for 34 yrs n pumping 33 yrs.

In thus last year i have learned what keeps my bs under control. And just because i can cover doesn't mean i should have it. I am very carb sensitive. Everything must be whole grain and not enriched. Very low added sugar content. I still remember what i felt like before dx and do NOT want to go back there.

robinsab 2014-07-21 23:49:42 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing James! I do have carbs in my diet but I do my best to make sure they are as healthy as they can be. Thanks for the recommendation of Richard—I will definitely have to follow!

jayabee52 2014-07-21 23:46:16 -0500 Report

Howdy Robin
My choices to keep me healthy and my T2 under control is what I choose to put in my mouth. I avoid breads and all grains and eat a high protein and low carb meal plan.

BTW have you met Richard 157 yet? He's got about 60 years as a T1 and is just now starting to have a few little complications. see him here~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/profile?query=...

Praying for your best!


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