I feel like I am cheating my numbers.

By Jaube Latest Reply 2010-11-12 12:06:25 -0600
Started 2010-11-10 14:34:02 -0600

I am rigidly following my self made 'diabetes diet' but sometimes, like most of us, we tend to fall out of the wagon. Now when this time comes, most of the time I feel guilty. Now, I just give in and just give my self 10 doses of fast acting insulin (apidra) most of the time, they go in range but really, this feels like cheating.

Or is it? I wanna hear your opinions

(I posted this hours ago but I cant seem to find it. I think I did not psot it at all or if I did, forgive me please for double posting.)

11 replies

Jaube 2010-11-12 06:02:54 -0600 Report

So I can go on with this type of dosage forever and I can still live long? Or will there be a drawback If i continue this?

sNerTs1, thank you very much for that very meaty post. Now I wont feel guilty evertime I give in :)

sNerTs1 2010-11-11 08:33:37 -0600 Report

First off I just want to say that I am not on shots so I do not experience what you do, mine is strictly diet and MetFormin.

Next and to the point of what you are saying… I guess I look at it this way. If we make healthy changes in our diets and "for the most part" stick with them, that alone helps our sugars to stay aligned which is best for our body. But, (this is where it will probably get controversial, or not) you cannot starve your body for foods that you crave either. Yes they might not be the proper food for you to have, but did you ever notice that if you starve your body of those cravings, you binge more of that very thing that you are trying to avoid? It does for me. So, when I get a "craving" for something that isnt so good (my downfall and most favorite dish in the world is seafood alfredo and this is the only thing I will still eat from time to time to fill that pocket of craving that I get) I eat it but I also dont wait until I cannot stand it and "have to have it". Eat it in a much smaller portion and you know what, that fills that pocket plenty enough.

By design, we humans tend to think that if we fall off a line, we should punish ourselves. Who put that line there in the first place? We make our life choices and I am sure they are very healthy ones, but we always need to give ourselves leway either way. Its much healthier not only for you physically but also mentally as you seriously do not need to add stress into any scenario.

Sorry this is lengthy. I hope you have a beautiful day. Cheryl

Jaube 2010-11-11 02:55:08 -0600 Report

I'm asking this cause I've read somewhere than overdosage in insulin can lead to higher insulin resistance. So this means that if i go on like this, my insulin requirement will increase as my age does. By the way, my dosage is 10 units of Basal Insulin and 10-20 units of Bolus that is taken if needed. Also 2000mg of metformin.

kdroberts 2010-11-11 07:30:54 -0600 Report

No, that's not true. Your body will naturally change over the years but you can't speed it up unless you put on a lot of weight which can increase insulin resistance. It may have held a little truth back in the days of animal insulin but what you take now is 100% engineered and man made.

Harlen 2010-11-10 19:14:23 -0600 Report

You know. I swiched from shots to the pump to menny shots lol
And it realy helps keep my BS in line all night.
No more big ups and downs
Your not cheating!!!
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-11-10 18:41:17 -0600 Report

Cheating is a word that we all need to eliminate from our vocabulary.

What you are doing is controlling your levels. That is what we all strive to do. It doesn't mean you can't eat something, just means that you need to be able to keep your numbers where they are safe and enjoy life. I think sometimes we focus so much on rules, we forget to enjoy. I am not advocating a pig out session, but if we want the piece of (insert favorite indulgence here) then just make sure you can do something to balance it out in the end. For some it is meds, others it could be exercise and for others it means giving up another part of the meal.

kdroberts 2010-11-10 14:54:02 -0600 Report

It's not really cheating. The whole point of managing diabetes is so you can live your life, not to take the least amount of meds or to have a long log book of numbers or whatever. As long as you are staying healthy then you shouldn't feel guilty.

Jaube 2010-11-10 14:56:56 -0600 Report

Wont this have any bad effect? You see, I'm 21 and I have a whole life ahead of me.

kdroberts 2010-11-10 15:31:26 -0600 Report

If you are constantly running high blood sugars then yes, it will. If you are taking your insulin based on what you eat then you are essentially doing what every non-diabetic does. If you over eat and put on a bunch of weight then that's not good either but as long as you are keeping healthy overall then you will continue to be healthy. 1 unit of insulin or 10 units, it doesn't really matter as long as you are keeping your blood sugar in check and not going too high or too low.

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