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Diabetes Complications Diabetes can cause many short term, long term, acute and chronic complications. Please use this section to discuss any experiences you have with Diabetes related complications. New members please feel free to post about your concerns and ask questions to the community.


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Old 03-01-2014, 01:36   #1
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Hi all, I am new to this site. I am a 39 year old mother of two young boys. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 13 years ago. I am completely insulin-dependent. I manage my diabetes with Humalog on a sliding scale at mealtimes and long-acting insulin (Lantus) at bedtime.
Last year alone, I suffered a heart attack, which required a quadruple bypass. My heart function is still low, so I now also have a pacemaker. I needed emergency cholesystectomy (sp?) because my gall bladder became infected. I had 3 toes on my right foot amputated. Most recently I had to have an emergency partial hysterectomy in January. This was due to hemorrhaging from fibroids and not being able to stop bleeding because of blood thinners. It has been a rough year. I would like to hear from others who have also suffered from diabetes complications. Diabetes has completely worn my body down and I constantly worry I may not see my kids grow up. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I would love to hear from you.


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I also would like to add that I'm not overweight, don't smoke, nor have I drank alcohol much. (just special occasions) I get tired of answering those questions every time I go to the doctor or hospital, even though I know they have to. No, I have enough problems without doing those things to my body.

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Hi there. So sorry to hear about your current health problems. On this site, you'll meet very friendly and helpful people. There are a few type 1 diabetics on this site who has avoided diabetic complications by getting their blood sugar under control and following a LCHF diet. Hopefully, we can get you back on track again.

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Hi jnnfprs, welcome to the forum from a T2. This forum is a good place to be, lots of people here that are dealing successfully with every type of diabetes and other health issues. There are pumpers, MDIers, late in life diagnosed, and others that have been T1 longer than many people here can say they've been alive. And there are all types of T2s as well. A lot of knowledge is bouncing around here to. We all play the game a little differently, but the expected outcome is the same, control blood sugar to avoid complications.

Despite the myth that diabetes progresses, it doesn't have to be true. Complications do not have to be suffered. Controlling BG at safe levels with a minimum of insulin seems to be the key for most T1s to T2s. Easiest way to minimize insulin is to minimize carbohydrates. We hope to debunk the carbs are necessary propaganda that is still encouraged by the majority of heath professionals. I may be wrong, but it sounds like you have been following those recommendations and eat too many carbs and bolus to cover. Some of the complications may disappear by getting better control.

There should be some T1s around that can answer things related directly to T1. Welcome again. Ask all the questions you have or want to, and being T1 for 13 years, you probably have plenty of experience to share.

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Currently I am battling a diabetic ulcer on my right foot. I am using 500 mg of L-Glutamine daily and wound honey. I am getting amazing results. Anyone know of anything else that works?

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And yes, I am following a low carb diet against my doctor's recommendations. It's amazing how they don't suggest low carb. However, I do have to watch my fat intake because of the heart conditions.

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I've heard L-Arginine could possibly be beneficial with L-Glutamine and HMB for wound healing. You should google and see various uses, applications, effectiveness, and warnings. Definite advice against using by those with recent MI.

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I've seen lots of references to this book and others listed in the 'frequently bought together' section. I'm not on insulin but hear that sliding scale is not the best way to manage.

Can you tell more about what you eat and more about your heart condition that means fats are bad for you. There are several here that have had heart attacks and converting to LCHF has done nothing but improved their condition. Its important to know what fats to eat and what fats to avoid.

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Hi and to the forum. I'm also a type 1 on MDIs, novorapid and levemir in my case. Sorry to hear about your complications, what are your bg-levels usually like? Looking forward to know you better, take care!

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There is much evidence that as long as you keep low carb, high fat in the diet does NOT cause any problems. Check out the Blood Sugar 101 site and many of the other threads here.

But first and foremost, welcome and *hugs*! If you bring your BG under control, you should be able to avoid further complications.

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