I am a diabetic type I

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2018-02-25 10:52:01 -0600
Started 2018-02-22 11:25:21 -0600

Suddenly, at age 24, I discovered that I had diabetes type 1 I take insulin regularly , But I feel tired, lazy and very sleepy I do not know why

6 replies

GabbyPA 2018-02-23 14:04:21 -0600 Report

I feel sleepy usually when my numbers are high. Before being diagnosed, I would crash almost daily around 3:00 pm. Have you checked your levels at that time to see what your numbers are? That might help

Type1Lou 2018-02-23 08:44:08 -0600 Report

I was dx'd Type 1 at age 27 and took Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) of insulin until 2011 when I began using an insulin pump. You are feeling tired and sleepy because your Blood Glucose (BG) is probably still not under control. How often are you testing your BG? What are the results? In order to feel "normal" again, you need to try and keep your BG's as close to normal as possible. Have you made any lifestyle changes to help you achieve that? Monitoring and limiting the amount of carbohydrates in your diet is a good place to start. How many carbohydrate grams do you currently eat? If your BG's are too high, you need to reduce the carbs in your diet. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and how it affects you. Two books I would recommend are Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution" and Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas".

Anonymous 2018-02-23 12:46:05 -0600 Report

Is it possible to get rid of diabetes type I permanently or do we need longevity?

Type1Lou 2018-02-25 10:52:01 -0600 Report

As Luis65 noted, the only way currently to restore the body's ability to generate its own insulin is via a pancreatic transplant that carries other issues with it. A Type 1 diabetic needs insulin to survive. If your body no longer produces it, you will need to inject or pump it. You can, perhaps, reduce the amount of insulin you need to take by carefully eating a low-carb to no-carb diet and increasing your activity but you will always need some insulin for your body to survive. As chronic diseases go, it is one where we can wield a substantial amount of control by the dietary and exercise choices we make. I have lived 41 years with Type 1 diabetes and feel that my life is good and that I am "healthy" (despite my diabetes).

Luis65 2018-02-25 06:39:07 -0600 Report

It is lifelong. Some may have had success with transplants, but that is going to require lifelong anti rejection drugs to prevent rejection.

Take Lou's advice get and read those 2 books so that you can learn how to live with diabetes. Right now I expect you haven't fully accepted this drastic change in your life.

One last thing, take it seriously, learn to live with it and you can have a good life.