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By PhillyDel Latest Reply 2014-11-02 09:42:03 -0600
Started 2014-10-29 22:55:11 -0500

I was diagnosed 2 days ago with T1.5, they said I'm a TV but rapidly heading to a T1 unless I get these sugars in order. I'm taking pills and they have me pricking my fingers before breakfast and before bed. I start classes next Tuesday to learn more about this but as of now I'm lost, I see what I can eat but no clue how much so is there a good guide to go by? Also what is too low on a Glucose count, 2 days ago I was a 186 before breakfast, tonight before bed I'm a 109 and I feel like that's low…anyone wanna chat, befriend or throw me advice it would be greatly appreciated!

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-02 09:42:03 -0600 Report

HI PhillyDel,

Great to meet you. I am glad you are here!

I am not a physician so I don't have helpful information to give you on diabetes. But I am a therapist who works with people who are living with diabetes. And I can tell you from experience that getting support from others who are also living with diabetes is an important part of your self-care routine.

So I hope you will stay in touch with us! And take good care of yourself!


Chopstix 2014-10-30 21:44:24 -0500 Report

PhillyDel, welcome to the family. You have come to one of the best places to get information and guidance. If you have any questions, no matter how crazy, please don't hesitate to ask as I'm sure there is someone here that can help you in the right direction…

Glucerna 2014-10-30 21:21:30 -0500 Report

The American Diabetes Association at has an extensive section for people newly diagnosed with lots of information and suggestions on food choices. ~Lynn @Glucerna

andy1979 2014-10-30 18:54:25 -0500 Report

same here lost on bloody occasions, at first my gp said i,d developed it due to my
being fat and due to fact i work in health as a carer of adults, pointed out my condition could be hereditary as im 5 th generation on mums side to get condition, id saY LOOK at all info on offer but try to live normally , its what im aiming for at present

GabbyPA 2014-10-30 06:25:15 -0500 Report

Vensa has great guides for you to go with. Your educator will help you figure things out. I would agree, that more testing is a good idea. Specially when you are just starting out. It shows you a lot of information. Also, if you keep a journal of it, that also helps a lot. That will show patterns in your body that will give you insight to what yours does. We are all so different when it comes to what our bodies will tolerate.

There are a couple of good places to find your portion controls. is one used by many members here. I have a book by the American Diabetes Association that lists all the nutritional values of all kinds of foods, specially things that don't have labels like fruits and veggies.

Getting your carb count down is a good thing, and these books and websites will help you do that. A general rule is that you keep your meals 30-60 carbs and your snacks about 15. The daily goal is 120-150. But as you start to count (this is why a journal will help) You may find this is too much, of if you are very active, not enough.

The numbers you are having now sound very good. Testing right before a meal and then 2 hours after will show you how your meal affected your levels and will teach you what kind of carbs or meals to avoid or use in your menu plan.

vensa 2014-10-30 01:24:41 -0500 Report

Dear Friend PhillyDel, the normal BG level should be <100mg/dl for fasting, <140 after 1 hr and <120 after 2 hrs. ADA and some doctors would be a bit liberal in setting a more relaxed targets, but it is good to shoot for a tighter target and be close to non-diabetic levels. Also one more suggestion…try to increase and vary the tests during different meals of the day… do a pair of tests (before and after meal)…repeat them to spot the time/meal of the day which needs closer attention and adjust diet, exercise, medication to bring them to your target. BTW 109 looks normal to me (good job!). I'd be concerned of low sugar (hypoglycemia) if the BG falls below 60 mg/dl. All the best!