By benita36 Latest Reply 2010-09-02 23:09:21 -0500
Started 2010-09-02 17:01:36 -0500

I am a 36 year old mother of 2. Last week I was diagnosed with type1 diaabetes and was immediately placed on insulin. I throught I was doing a good job controlling my type2 so you can imagine my surprise when my doctor told me that my a1c level was too high. I am at a loss. I don't know how to control my blood sugar, how to eat right, and I am unable to do much exercise due to my back problems. Can someone please help me with this? I am terrified and desperate!


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Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-02 23:09:21 -0500 Report

Happy day benita36,
I will be standing on the wall 4 you in the name of Jesus. Please don't panic you are in the right place @ the right time. God is in control you will get through this w/Gods favor & the love of all here. You will get some helpful feed back stay strong be blessed & this too shall pass.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

RAYT721 2010-09-02 19:27:05 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to this community. I think alot of us share the concerns and frustrations that you have and while we lack a lot of answers for you what a great team of supporters you've found. Your keys to control come from diet, exercise and meds. I can't help with the meds because I know nothing but surely your doctor's advice and your frequent testing will start to show results, maybe slowly, but this is a new thing. You will have ups and downs (literally). I understand the physical limitations with exercise but remember that exercise can be gotten from touching your toes, vacuuming, stretching, slow walking or what you CAN do. Don't focus on running marathons or doing things that your skills, mind, body or soul can't do. This leaves diet. It's going to be a lot of testing to know what works and what doesn't work for you. My tips for now (and I strongly believe in baby steps) is to watch carbs, drink water, cut out as much natural sugar as you can, reduce stress, test often, and hang out with winners. Negative people produce negative results. Control is not an overnight thing. You will make it through the feelings of being terrified and desperate as time makes you reach goals that you and your medical teams set. For everything else there's a crazy old man here who will be happy to be your friend. :)

Crashnot 2010-09-02 19:25:08 -0500 Report

You need to ask your doctor to refer you to an endocrinologist. The endo can help you figure out 1) your carbohydrate/insulin ratio to figure out proper dosing. 2) Understand simple vs. complex carbs. 3) Get the hang of keeping track of your blood tests to also get a handle on your sugars. If this kind of specialist is not available to you, a quick Google search will give you a run-down on them, to better help you in your appointments.

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 18:51:45 -0500 Report

As you are now on insulin your carb counting will need to be more accurate and I am hoping that your doctor has spent some time helping you adjust.

Are you sure you are a type 1 or are you a type 2 that has been put on insulin? There is a huge difference.

You might have been put on insulin because your type 2 meds were not working well. What kind of BG levels do you typically have?

How often did you test?

When you doctor says your A1c is too high, well how high is it?

If you would gather up some of that information, the community will be able to help you a little better.

Sharpguy 2010-09-02 18:09:18 -0500 Report

Don't panic. Walk as much as you can. You don't have to walk fast and hard but don't stroll either. Find other ways to exercise that don't impact your back. Watch your diet. Count carbs, You can survive and eat pretty well on very little carbs. All those great things we love to eat are killing us. Fast food is out of my life these days as there is no reasonable option on their menus. My type 2 went to type 1 within a couple of months after being diagnosed for no aparent reason that the docs could find. I finally got on a pump and it is wonderful. Expensive though. about $300/mo in supplies that my ins. doesn't cover. DOn't give in to fear. Its just what is.

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