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Old 03-28-2013, 05:52   #1
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Hi Everyone,
I am new to this site. I have read some of your posts and I have learned so much. I am 50 years old and I will tell you my Diabetes story. When I was a child I had episodes of low blood sugar. I did not know what it was but I knew that I could not eat cereal or drink juice for breakfast because I would be shaking like a leaf by ten A.M. I don't really know if this is connected, but maybe. I have 4 children, the first two I had in my twenties and had no problems. The last two where in my late thirties. I had gestational diabetes with both. The first time I was referred to an endocrinologist and she told me that I did not fit the profile for type two diabetes so she did a test for islet cell antibodies and it came back positive. I was told I had 1.5. I went through a spell where I did insulin shots to save my beta cells. I was always able to keep my A1C below 6 with diet until 2009. I had a hip resurfacing surgery and after that my blood sugar went very high and my A1C was 8.5. Yikes. My endocrinologist put me on Byetta for a time and then switched me to insulin. I am currently taking Novalog at meals and Levirmere in the A.M. and Novalin N at bedtime. I have been going through some kind of rebellion and have been on again off again taking care of my diabetes. Recently I have been doing a lot of reading and learning and realized that I have to grow up already and get this under control. I feel awful, I have a pathological craving for sugar. I have gained 40 pounds in the past five years and I have restless legs so bad that I have to take medication every night. I need help and I want to feel better. I am so ashamed of myself and that is not helping. I am hoping to learn from everyone here and take charge of my health. Thank you Sassy

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Old 03-28-2013, 13:21   #2
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That craving for sugar will pass but don't sub artificial sweetners for sugar. The craving will keep on going. If you start reducing your carbs and increasing the fats (the good ones, especially), you will find that you won't want sugar so much. But, like any addiction, if you "use", you go right back. Lucky for me, many high fiber fruits can ease my cravings. Maybe you will find one that works for you. As for feeling bad about yourself, remind yourself that you did post here and that is a big first step to getting control. Reading Patdart's, Shanny's, and Richard's posts will make you sure you can do it. Good luck.

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Old 03-28-2013, 16:07   #3
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Thanks JT,
I am so excited to be here. I started on the LFHC diet yesterday and it is my hope that I will be sucessful. I am probably imagining it but I think I slept better last night!! I did the Atkins diet with my husband years ago and I was never hungry. I don't know why I didnt try this sooner. I think it will be great to have the support of this forum also.

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Hi, glad you are grabbing hold of your situation. We'll help any way we can but you'll have to do the work! Reading Blood Sugar 101 should help you a lot. Ask any questions you need to and someone in this marvelous forum will be glad to answer.

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Old 03-28-2013, 16:19   #5
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Hi Sassy - welcome to the forums.

In your first post you didn't mention how much you're testing. Do you test your blood sugar during the day? I find that the more I test, the more even my blood sugar is and the better I feel.

Like you (and just about everyone else with diabetes) I started to feel just plain sick of the whole thing last fall and slipped away from my good testing habits. In February I decided I'd overstayed my diabetes vacation and started back at ground zero, weighing and recording what I ate, my insulin use, and my blood sugar throughout the day. I'm not quite back to the daily diligence I employed before, but almost! You can do this too....keep posting and we'll help!

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Thanks everyone for your response. I usually test a lot, morning and after every meal. I did great for a time but by great nothing like the numbers posted here. I too got depressed and just ignored the whole business and that is why I am feeling so bad about myself. My Mother was a diabetic and refused to learn anything at all. We went through her loosing toes and having a ton of complications, yet she just would not take responsibility and it drove me crazy and here I was doing virtually the same thing. No more, I want a different outcome for myself. I think that what JT said was true, I am a sugar addict and the more I eat the more I want. I need to stay away from it in all of its forms.

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Hi there! Don't worry, you can still prevent a lot of damage by choosing well now. I disagree about the artificial sweetener thing, I find it doesn't cause me to crave sugar and instead allows me to have something sweet. Like everything though, moderation is key. You can make a different outcome for yourself!

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Old 03-28-2013, 22:06   #8
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Sassy,

Welcome to the forum and kudos to you for turning around and starting to take the necessary steps for a complication-free life.

I've read a lot of posts from T1s and it is quite apparent that dealing with this type of diabetes takes a lot of doing. But as shown by other T1s here, it can be done. We have a member here on the forum who's been T1 for over 60 years and is doing great still.


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I disagree about the artificial sweetener thing, I find it doesn't cause me to crave sugar and instead allows me to have something sweet.
I find that aspertame and malitol DO make me crave. So I avoid them. But the other sweeteners I do fine with. It's a YMMV thing.

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Hello and welcome, I am insulin dependant and just got a hba1c of 5.9 (43) so don't give up on thinking you can't achieve good numbers as an insulin user. It does take alot of testing, experimenting and determination (and then more testing) but you can get your numbers, and your health, in shape. I will live a much healthier, longer life as a diabetic than a sugar muncher and so can you. Look at it as an opportunity not an obstacle. You will find plenty of good advice here

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