Disabled & diabetic

By jemma91 Latest Reply 2015-01-10 10:46:00 -0600
Started 2015-01-08 14:20:22 -0600

Hi I'm 31 and was diagnosed 6 weeks ago, just found out I'm type 1. However I'm also disabled, a full time wheelchair user (electric) and therefore cannot exercise. Is there anyone else out there that is (type 1) diabetic and disabled? I know it's still early days for me but it seems like I need A LOT more insulin than normal & I wonder if it's because I can't walk? Any advice/opinions appreciated… Thank you

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GabbyPA 2015-01-10 10:46:00 -0600 Report

Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. Our body doesn't require insulin to take glucose out of our blood stream when we exercise, so that might be why you are taking more.

I know you may not be able to exercise in the traditional way, but even doing arm exercising or breathing exercise can help. Just anything to make you a little more active.

jemma91 2015-01-09 00:12:13 -0600 Report

Thanks James. I had a ham salad the other day for lunch though (no carbs) had 12 units insulin and was fine- my friend said she would have no insulin for that?! I'm not a big carb eater generally- I never did eat pasta/rice/potatoes much… I much prefer a plate of protein and salad or veg… For breakfast I usually have a piece of toast or a fruit smoothie (I used to have a cereal bar on the way to work but that's too high in carbs/sugar now)

jayabee52 2015-01-09 00:00:21 -0600 Report

Howdy Jemma

Sorry you are in this situation but you are not the only one

My fiancee is disabled and must use a power wheelchair also. She is type 2 and she has been following the Adkins meal plan and has cut her insulin injections greatly.

If i could hazard a guess, the reason your BG (blood glucose) levels are rising is due to increased carb intake. Try paying attention to your carb intake and cut back on it, especially the "simple" carbs (see ~ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic... for a rundown between simple and complex carbs)

I didn't understand the difference either when first Dx'd and couldn't understand why my BG levels were usually elevated.

God's best to you and yours


jemma91 2015-01-08 23:54:03 -0600 Report

I have spinal muscular atrophy which is a muscle weakness so I am basically very weak. At the moment I'm taking 20 units background insulin morning and night and about 12 units fast acting before meals. Because it's still so new I haven't been taught how to adjust for what I eat yet… For example yesterday morning I had one slice of small toast with peanut butter- a T1D friend said she would have 1 or 2 units insulin for that but I gave myself 10 and was fine! My bm came down just a tiny bit still in the normal range…

lilleyheidi 2015-01-08 23:43:24 -0600 Report

Hi Jemma, sorry to hear about your situation. Are you able to use your arms at all? Can you do exercises with your arms, like lifting small cans over your head and stretching exercises? Do your legs work at all? There may be exercises you can do, talk to a physical therapist. i don't know your full condition obviously, so I'm just making suggestions. Also, I don't know how much insulin your on so I can't begin to guess if your on more than normal or not. I wish you the best in health. Heidi

Pegsy 2015-01-09 17:53:15 -0600 Report

I was thinking along the same lines regarding exercise. If there is any part of your body that you can move, you should move it. The less you move, the less you will be able to move. Just move what you can every day. Even if you are weak. Who knows? You may be able to build some strength over time. Exercise is vital to my glucose control. It also helps me sleep better and deal with stress. Best wishes to you Jemma. I hope you will be able to discover something you can do to keep your muscles as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

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