I need help

By Tyrah157 Latest Reply 2010-10-12 17:56:53 -0500
Started 2010-10-11 10:39:18 -0500

I am 19 years old and ive had type 1 diabetes for about 2 yrs now and it has never really been under controll. I really don't have a good support team behind me and that very stressful because im young and i need help with this. I don't eat well because its hard when you live in a house full of normal people that can eat whatever. Can someone tell me some good meals and snacks for me and should you execise before or after breakfast?

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-12 15:02:20 -0500 Report

Hi Tyrah,

I am not a diet expert or a physician, but a couple of words in your post caught my attention, including stress and support. Those are two topics that I know something about. If you haven't already, I would really encourage you to do something to address your stress levels, whether or not the stress is related to what you eat.

It's important to have a tool kit with whatever works for you to reduce stress. These may include activities that you enjoy, exercise that fits your lifestyle and preferences, and relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation. This tool kit should be yours and yours alone, created by you to meet your own stress management needs.

I would also recommend taking a look at your support system and seeing where it might need updating. It's important to have a strong home team that has your back -- friends, family, healthcare professionals. Having a safe place to talk about your emotions, with a trusted and objective friend or a mental health professional, can help you get through the ups and downs. Don't go through this alone.

Oh yeah, that word 'normal' also caught my attention. When you refer to someone else as normal than the implication is that you don't consider yourself to be normal. We are all normal. Don't give yourself negative affirmations that imply otherwise. And don't let your medical condition define you. And truth be told, the other eaters in your home could probably also benefit from a healthier diet, but we won't try to tackle that one, right?

You might consider enlisting your family members to help you stay on track with your diet, once you decide what types and combinations of foods are going to help you to feel your best. Your family may be looking for ways to help!

I hope you will stay in touch with your support team here on Diabetic Connect.

Tyrah157 2010-10-12 16:25:05 -0500 Report

Thank you so much i really needed this advice because i stress all the time and i know its not healthy and im trying to learn how to let things get to me but its very hard. Also about the normal thing everybody tells me everyone is normal i guess i have to believe it for myself…and i feel abnormal because everyone around me cant feel my pain or imagine how hard this is for me.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-12 17:55:59 -0500 Report

Hi Tyrah, thanks for following up. I am really glad to hear that I was able to say something that might be helpful to you.

Constant stress can affect you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, so anything you can do to release it is only going to help! I always encourage clients to reach out to their friends and family members to see if they can be understanding and supportive. Reach out, because sometimes loved ones want to help but don't know to and don't know what to say.

Having said that, sometimes loved ones, for many reasons, can't be very helpful. So it is important to connect with people who do feel your pain -- in other words, who are 'normal' in some of the same ways that you are normal. Diabetic Connect is a great place to make those connections, as you have already discovered.

Also, having a good support network is a great way to deal with stress.

I hope you will keep in touch!

jayabee52 2010-10-12 17:02:43 -0500 Report

if you talk with someone who doesn't have DM you may find that each person may feel a lot like you do. Each person may have a secret pain or struggle that is not apparent to others. So in that way you ARE normal, even though you have DMt1.

BTW Welcome to DC Tyrah!

Blessings to you and yours!

Harlen 2010-10-11 19:28:12 -0500 Report

I dont know if this will help or not
the less carbs you take in the better your controll
test test test its the only way I know to realy do it
Best wishes

mo91108 2010-10-11 11:55:29 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with type 1 6 months ago. I usually eat oatmeal (instant) for breakfast with turkey bacon and egg whites for protein. I exercise around 2 hours after every meal for about a half hour. Lunch is half a PB sandwich, or a half meat sandwich with a small salad. And dinner. It's fish with potatoes or veggies. any kind of meat with veggies and potatoes. They have great recipes on here you should check them out
- Monica

shorty1965 2010-10-11 11:45:10 -0500 Report

You should start with a simple execise i did it before i started my day for 15mins.
What do you like. i like planters trail mix and nature valley trail mix and i like to make fruit smoothes i eat lightly salted nuts and chips and sugar free drinks.
Keep your head up and when you start doing different things that some people may tell you try it because we on this site are all going through the samething and we will all try to work together.i hope this helps.
I was just told a few months ago i had type 2 and the new stuff i tried has helped me so if i can i will try to help you to where all in this thing together.

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