By littlelady0910 Latest Reply 2011-04-27 14:54:48 -0500
Started 2010-04-14 13:27:25 -0500

I have type 1 and I know nothing about it or what I can and can't have could someone plz help me

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Type1Lou 2011-04-27 14:54:48 -0500 Report

I've had Type 1 for 35+ years and am still learning how to cope. This site is a great resource for you and provides a great deal of information. You might also want to subscribe to one of the Diabetes magazines (e.g. ADA's Diabetes Forecast or Diabetic Living) Those will clue you into much of what you need to know. There are also many good books out there. You don't have to buy them: just borrow them from your local library. One book that provided me with life-changing insight was Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". As a result of reading his book, I seriously curtailed my carbohydrate input which has led to tighter control. (I try to keep my carbs at 30 to 45 g per meal). My aging body is now reacting a bit differently than before, so I've had to review what I'm doing to achieve better control and avoid those ugly complications. I've also been working with an endocrinologist since December to help achieve this better control…still elusive.

Learn as much as you can; knowledge is power. Good luck to you!

sue5050 2011-04-27 14:32:32 -0500 Report

hi i was diagnosed last month and after the first month of severe restrictions my dr is letting me add stuff back into my diet. Then I check two hours after and if I am higher then I need it to be then I write it down and dont eat it again. The first month almost killed me or so i thought, .lol and now I am much calmer. You will be to hang in there dear.

northerngal 2011-04-27 09:44:49 -0500 Report

Definately get help from an MD who specializes in Diabetes. Primary Care isn't going to help. A good dietician is also a huge assist in that. They know what foods are healthy for you and the carbs, proteins, etc. You'll start reading labels more and that makes it easier. Then you figure out what foods you like and begin to shop that way. Remember, sugar is not forbidden, you just have to be careful about what type and how much. You will get both good suggestions and completely off the wall stuff on this site, being educated is the most important thing. Write down any questions as they come up and take it to the appointments so you don't forget. I've been seeing my Endocrinologist for 20yrs and still write down questions for her. You'll get much more help by showing that you take it seriously and want to learn as much as you can. They should be able to explain it in English that you can understand and not just "medicalese" that no one but another Dr. can. Good luck

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-17 12:06:40 -0500 Report

You are fortunate to have found this site AND to have a computer and access to the internet. There is a wealth of information available to you nowadays. Remember to consult trusted sites, however, and to keep in mind that people on this site are (in most cases) not medical professionals. They are speaking from their experiences or things they have read or heard. Your first line of information and instruction is always your doctor! There is a ton of help, so take advantage of it. Good luck!

GabbyPA 2010-04-15 11:39:18 -0500 Report

Welcome! You are in the right place to get some guidance and a lot of support.

My first step would be to read as much as you can. Make sure it is about Type 1, as it is more specific to your needs. Reading a lot about type 2 can just confuse the issue in the beginning. They are similar, but there are things that type 1's have to do that type 2's do not. Amy Tendrich (one of the moderators here) has a site and she is a long time type 1 diabetic. You can get a lot of help from her site as well.

Monitor your blood glucose levels. Test often, specially since it is all new to you. Learn what your body is telling you. Write it down so you can begin to see patterns in your levels. That is also how you find out what foods help, and which ones don't. Mays listed a link to the American Diabetes Association, go there and you can order free booklets to help you with your food planning. Or you can ask your doctor if they have one.

Next, I would ask your doctor to set you up with a nutritionist or a diabetes educator. Get into a class. That was one of the best things I did for myself. I asked an annoying amount of questions, but it helped me feel more in control. I have posted my notes from the classes here.
There are 7 discussions total. Many people left great comments as well.

If someone has not demonstrated how to do your insulin, I would also ask for a consultation on that. My mom did that and it helped a lot to have some one actually show her how to do that.

It is all creepy and overwhelming at first. Take it one step at a time and you will make it. We are here for you.

harry2160 2010-04-14 18:21:33 -0500 Report

find out as much as fast as you can! you will lurn to control diabetes or it will control you!! by that i mean diabetes will run your life. everything that you try or want to do is effected by being diabetic. the more that you know and know how to use the better you will live.

MAYS 2010-04-14 14:04:33 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

These videos should help you to understand Diabetes in general :

This one explains Type 1 Diabetes in detail :

This one explains Insulin and Glucose :

And this site should prove to be helpful also :

Take care of yourself, manage your diabetes, manage your life !

~ Mays ~