TIPS on staying focused

By anadeleon1 Latest Reply 2010-06-01 11:36:39 -0500
Started 2010-05-24 18:25:39 -0500

Hello everyone my name is Ana. Im am 20 years old and living with Type1 diabetes. It is hard for me to stay focused on my diabetes. If anyone can help me with some tips i would appreciate it very much.

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Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-06-01 11:36:39 -0500 Report


You might have to try a variable insulin to carb ratio. For example, I use 1:20 in the mornings, and go to something approaching 1:12 for the evenings.

Have you considered an insulin pump? For me, the pump turned diabetes management on its head. I have gone to matching insulin to my life instead of trying to match my life to insulin.

Fair Winds,

Richard157 2010-05-29 15:37:16 -0500 Report

Ana, do you determine your insulin dosages before meals and snacks, by counting the number of carbs you are going to eat? I need 1 unit of fast acting insulin for every 6 carbs I eat. I bolus before I start eating. If I have a snack less than 4 hours after a meal, I subtract the number of units of insulin still on board. That helps prevent lows. If I have a high and need a correction dose I need to know my insulin sensitivity level. One unit of insulin will lower my blood sugar 12 points.

I could go into much more detail, maybe you already know these things. The numbers I gave vary a lot among Type 1 diabetics. I have friends who take 1 unit for every 15 carbs, before eating something. They may also finf 1 unit will lower their blood sugar 20 or even 30 points, when correcting a high. Insulin on board must also be considered when correcting a high. Trial and error would determine the appropriate numbers for you.

anadeleo1 2010-05-31 09:37:51 -0500 Report

I take 1 unit for every 15 carbs. i have a corrections scale that starts a 150. From 150 to 200 its 1 units and so on. This seems not to be working for me. I also take lantus in the evening (34 units).

petals 2010-05-25 22:38:14 -0500 Report

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GabbyPA 2010-05-30 14:54:34 -0500 Report

I got back onto my meal planning and I am going to use a lot of the recipes in this book. I will post the ones I like for everyone to try.

Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-05-25 13:47:32 -0500 Report


Can you share some other things like:

How long have you had T1?
What sort of treatment plan are you on, shots, pump?
Are you finding there is a certain time of day that you have the most problem with your BG, the least?
How often are you testing?

For me, I try to focus on moderation. I don't eat great gobs of food at one time, don't give myself huge insulin corrections, don't overeat when I'm low, etc. This helps keep me from living in the peaks and valleys.

Also, try not to assign too much value to your test results. They provide information. A post-meal test result of 250 means you need to take steps to reduce your BG, but it is not BAD! Similarly a result of 104 means you don't need to take action, but it is not GOOD (okay, it IS good, but just smile and move on).

Fair Winds,

Emma2412 2010-05-26 10:53:18 -0500 Report

I agree, Mike. It's all information to be used to get to the ultimate place we need to be. Each person is different. 250 for me is a NOT GOOD, but 104 would be a HURRAH. I firmly believe in moderation in all things. Our grandmothers knew what they were talking about when they came up with that saying. The only thing that I now do almost completely without are sugary desserts, and the only time I have a mouthful of them is when I'm at someone's house who says she just spent hours making something and she really needs me to tell her if it's good. But I don't mind just that mouthful because I love my friend and she's the kind of person that needs a pat on the back (aren't we all like that for the most part?). But then, when I get home, I walk an extra 1/4 mile to get rid of the immediate effects of that mouthful. As far as keeping focused on diet, I just posted "Diabetes Recipes from The Mayo Clinic." I hope that helps you get focused on some of the good foods that we can have. I always try to remember that the more green leafy veggies I eat the better I'm going to feel and the better my readings are going to be. As far as food is concerned, I use the "plate method" that my diabetes class recommends. Fill 1/2 plate with veggies or salad, 1/4 plate with protein, 1/4 plate with starch. I also just want to say that participating here on this site gives me daily motivation and keeps me focused, and I want to thank everybody at DC for that.

GabbyPA 2010-05-25 09:51:56 -0500 Report

Hi Ana, and welcome to the community. There are so many great members here that are eager to help. I hope that you find the support you are seeking.

As a type 2 it is harder for me to relate to the fear that comes with type 1 control. The balance you might be needing is between your insulin and lifestyle. I know for many of us, so many different things affect our levels that we don't count on a carb scale. Stress, pain, frustration...just to name a few. The thing that helps me find a pattern is keeping a good log that includes emotions, events and activities. We disregard these things too often and they make a big difference.

The other thing is that sometimes a treatment just stops being effective for us. Our bodies change and a re-evaluation is in order to find out what is going on. Maybe a sit down with your doctor to see if that might be the case would help?

anadeleo1 2010-05-24 21:46:50 -0500 Report

well my main concern is my levels and diet. I find myself not being in control. I check my levels often but my numbers are all over the place. I cant seem to find the balance between exercise and diet.

petals 2010-05-25 07:14:37 -0500 Report

Just keep trying, it will take time to figure out what will work for you amd what doesn't. Hang in there and don't give up. It will get better. I am here any time that you need to talk.

anadeleo1 2010-05-25 09:36:25 -0500 Report

Thank You Petals for the support. I will try to keep you updated on my progress.

petals 2010-05-25 22:49:39 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic for 8 years now. Some days are better then others. I think having a postive attitude helps. Just take one day at a time, I know that you have heard that saying before, but it's true. Stay strong, cry when you need to, yell when you need to and above all else pray when you need to, which for me is all the time!

diabetesadvocacy 2010-05-28 06:30:20 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a rollercoaster. I am big on logging. At one point I would log activities as well as food, insulin, injection site and bg levels. To me, that gave me the most information to see what was going on. We are not pancreases so give yourself a break. Master a 4 hours period and celebrate! If you get it right for 8 hours well be over the moon!
I am a parent of a child with diabetes and we have been at this for 10 years. I have learned to just accept somethings and then how to work with others. We have learned to set different basal rates for high fat foods. When on injections, we learned how to correct or delay delivering all of the insulin to different times.
If you read, John Walsh's Using Insulin is a great way to start to learn how to take back your body.
Good luck!! It is a real challenge.

petals 2010-05-24 21:37:12 -0500 Report

I agree with Ray, keep yourself informed about diabetes. I am a newbie here to, less than a month I think. I have found so many ways to help me to take better care of myself on this site. So check in often. What is your main concern that you need to focus on?

RAYT721 2010-05-24 20:02:57 -0500 Report

First of all welcome to the board. I notice you just signed up today. You're in great hands here as far as support. I'm a newbie and I can't thank these people enough for all they've taught me so far. I find myself checking in here several times daily to see what's new, who's new, and all of that.

So, tell me, what kind of focus do you need help with? Are you talking about your diet, about checking your levels, about medications, about getting enough sleep??? There are a lot of things to focus on.

I guess the best tip(s) that I can give is to arm yourself with reliable information and with supportive and motivated friends. Talk openly about your fears, frustrations and victories with us. We are in this together so keep us posted, message me anytime (RAYT721) and Join the discussions!!!

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