New type 1

By jen_vive Latest Reply 2014-12-30 11:31:23 -0600
Started 2014-12-28 18:06:06 -0600

Hi everyone. I'm nearly diagnosed. Just under a month. Very overwhelming so far. Just trying to gather as much info as possible and find people to connect with cause I have about a billion questions. Waiting to go see the endocrinologist in March. I have a second apt with the diabetes team at my local hospital in January. Everything seems like a full time job so far. It's a lot but I'm sure it will get use to it. Carb counting, insulin shots and finger pricking is already pretty normal part of my day.

Couple questions. I am not a person who handles stress well. I know stress is not good for your blood sugar. I have a very stressful profession. How do people manage their stress? I'm off work right now but hoping to get back to it in the next month or so so I'm worried about adding all my diabetes "work" in with my actual work!

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LRD 2014-12-30 11:31:23 -0600 Report

Since you have just been diagnosed, they are trying out a drug at UAB in Birmingham, AL that they believe will reverse Type 1 diabeties. It has worked on mice. They start in January. As long as you have just been diagnosed or are only two months along you would qualify. Some people are skeptical, but they are known for one of the best research hospitals in the US. You can check it out at UAB. Endocrinology. Dr. Ovalle I asked about it, but I am too late. lrd The drug is not expensive. It is a blood pressure medication that they are using.

jen_vive 2014-12-29 15:52:56 -0600 Report

I just downloaded Dr bernsteins book the diabetes solution after a few people recommended it. I drink a lot of diet pop. I need to cut back. Maybe that's having an impact on my lack of weight loss.

Type1Lou 2014-12-29 10:12:33 -0600 Report

Jen, I was diagnosed at age 27 in 1976. The best thing I did to gain better control was to limit my daily carb intake (after reading Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution"). I had a stressful job when I was working (I'm retired now) and frequently put in 10 to 12 hour days. I never felt my diabetes limited me. Learn as much as you can about what you need to do to manage your condition. I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) of Lantus and Novolog prior to starting on an insulin pump in 2011. I'm sorry I waited so long to pump. It's given me better control with more freedom and less overall insulin. As far as the job goes, the key is to handle the stress without distress. I limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day and test my BG on average 8 times daily. I do not use a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) because Medicare provides no coverage for them and they are very costly. You do fall into a routine with the day-to-day tasks needed to manage diabetes. It seems overwhelming now but take it one step at a time, learn what you need to do and decide to do it…it gets easier and the rewards are well worth it.

GabbyPA 2014-12-29 09:01:24 -0600 Report

You kind of have the right idea with calling it your second job. That way you can make it more structured. It is hard to work it around the job. But many people do it. I work from home so I have it easier than most.

For stress relief I do breathing exercises and walk my dog. That helps me to just get out and away from things. Sometimes just cleaning the house helps me destress...go figure. One last thing that helps me is to declutter my work area or any room that is getting on my nerves.

LRD 2014-12-29 13:34:22 -0600 Report

What is your job that you work from home? My husband is skeptical about jobs that are done from home. If it has to do with computers, I cannot do those.

GabbyPA 2014-12-29 15:15:38 -0600 Report

I am a freelance draftsman. I don't trust a lot of those work at home deals either. Mine just works out that I can work from home. Keeps the overhead way down so I can give my clients good prices.

jen_vive 2014-12-28 18:07:58 -0600 Report

Also. What do people think about artificial sweeteners? And I've been reading a lot about benefits of a Paleo diet. Anyone out there with Type 1 and eating a Paleo diet?

Also anybody have weight gain with their insulin? When I was in the hospital the doctor said I would gain back some of the weight I lost while I had ketoacidosis. With the changes to my diet since I've been home (almost a month now) I would have expected to be loosing weight but that's not happening. The dietician told me to eat 30-45g of carbs a meal and 15-20 for snacks. It seems like a challenge so far to I loose weight with type 1 and being on insulin.