Understanding Diabetes

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2017-11-02 15:24:53 -0500
Started 2017-10-18 21:21:27 -0500

I have been diagnosed as diabetic and insulin dependent. I take (or prescribed) novolog 3x a day and 70 units of Toujeo at night. Almost every night I check and I'm way above 450. I don't understand being diabetic and I'm a little scared at the high number. I'm forcing myself to change my diet and exercise but my numbers are always up. What should I do? Yes, I do consult with my doctor and he seems two think I'm not taking my meds…Is this normal? It's making me very depressed with so much anxiety.

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onafixedincome 2017-11-02 15:24:53 -0500 Report

First of all, take your doctor by the lapels (if he has any) and make him LISTEN to you! Show him your logs and your numbers and insist that he help you in some fashion, even if it's with a referral to an endocrinologist.

How many carbs (in g) a day are you eating? That's one major factor in all this that often gets shunted aside in the focus on insulin dosing…First find out how much you're taking in, then work to drop it down to whatever makes your numbers better. You don't have to QUIT eating ALL carbs at once! Taper off to a nice lower number.

If you can afford to, check before you eat, then check an hour after you eat, and see how that meal or food affected your sugar. Avoid the ones that make a dramatic spike in your sugars.

That first diet change period is a BITCH. Not easy and you feel totally abused, but drop the bread, the pasta, the potatoes at the minimum. You WILL live through it, although I thought I was going to die. That alone should help both the depression and the numbers, though.

Breathe. It's okay to take time to get your numbers down, but you have to pay attention and not let it slide back up. Breathe. Meditation and conscious relaxation really help with anxiety and stress, suggest you try it.

Good luck and keep us posted—please! :) We care!

Type1Lou 2017-10-20 07:52:33 -0500 Report

A great book that helped me understand my diabetes and what I needed to do to treat it with insulin was Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas". Also, Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" opened up my eyes to the significant role played by carbohydrates in high blood sugar, leading me to severely reduce the carbohydrates in my diet and, as a result, gain better diabetes control. With the right knowledge and the determination to change some lifestyle habits, I found I could live well with my diabetes. Welcome to our group.

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