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Old 06-20-2013, 15:24   #1
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hey guys I have never had a forum before so I'm not really sure how this all works... and where I can post to ask questions and such. I am 20 years old and have been a type 1 diabetic for 13 years. I have horrible anxiety in general and it has taken a toll on my diabetes, I have a fear of low blood sugars and purposely keep them higher and feel safer at higher numbers. I know that is really bad because no one should be wanting to be 260. My body is all messed up and trained wrong , I start to feel low when im under 150.. and i start to panic about dropping low when im 180. I never feel good i usually feel sick a lot which I assume has a lot to do with my blood sugar control. my A1c is currently 9.3 . It hasnt been below 9 in years... I really want to get a tattoo and my nose pierced but my diabetes doctors keep telling me its not safe for me to do because of my poor diabetes care and high a1c.. does anyone have any insight on this? or does anyone have anything they wanna share? I would love to meet people who have similar concerns about diabetes as me. I also feel light headed and get shaky often which effects my everyday life.. especially since im a waitress ( not good for carrying trays of food haha)

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Hi and to the forum.
Your doc is right about the tatoos and piercings, your body doesn't heal very well when your bg-level is high and you are also more prone to infections.
Your body has got used to those high numbers that is why you get hypo-symptoms when it goes down, even if you're far from it. You need to start bringing them down but I suggest you take it slowly. Choose a target-level that is lower than today but still within your comfort zone and try to stick with it for a few days and then choose an even lower one etc. Keep at it until you reach normal levels.
Stick to the forum and never hesitate to ask any questions you might have - people around here are friendly and we try to help each other out to the best of our knowledge. It's a great place for support

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I dont understand how this entire forum thing works to be honest haha. how do i post questions... how do i answer peoples questions

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Hi Ruee, Have you had a bad hypo experience that has triggered these fears?

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hey guys I have never had a forum before so I'm not really sure how this all works... and where I can post to ask questions and such. I am 20 years old and have been a type 1 diabetic for 13 years. I have horrible anxiety in general and it has taken a toll on my diabetes, I have a fear of low blood sugars and purposely keep them higher and feel safer at higher numbers. I know that is really bad because no one should be wanting to be 260. My body is all messed up and trained wrong , I start to feel low when im under 150.. and i start to panic about dropping low when im 180. I never feel good i usually feel sick a lot which I assume has a lot to do with my blood sugar control. my A1c is currently 9.3 . It hasnt been below 9 in years... I really want to get a tattoo and my nose pierced but my diabetes doctors keep telling me its not safe for me to do because of my poor diabetes care and high a1c.. does anyone have any insight on this? or does anyone have anything they wanna share? I would love to meet people who have similar concerns about diabetes as me. I also feel light headed and get shaky often which effects my everyday life.. especially since im a waitress ( not good for carrying trays of food haha)
When you are at normal numbers you body thinks you are hypo because it is used to the higher numbers. It's called a false hypo. Learn to ride out those normal numbers and your body will get used to them. When your numbers are normal for awhile you will feel better. I try to keep my numbers in the 70-100 range.

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Hello there and

On the forum, if you've got a question, just post it as a new thread. The members, a friendly, knowledgeable and nosy bunch will post replies.

A useful site that you might like to explore is Blood Sugar 101. Although the author is type 2, she does have a lot of insights that all diabetics will find helpful.

Your own level of blood sugar is, as you recognise much too high and you should try to bring that down steadily. Ideally you should try to get below 120 but as fenix92 said, you will need to do that in stages unless you really want to enjoy the symptoms of false hypos OK, perhaps a false hypo isn't really dangerous, but it sure feels like it!

Stay with us on the forum and post any questions that you have - we'll do our best to make you feel welcome.

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Hello, and welcome! have you been purposely running high blood sugar for 13 years? If so, do you have complications with your eyes, kidneys, and nervous system? Do you have neuropathy? These and other complications are very common when blood sugar runs high for a long time. Someone suggested that you aim for lower numbers, gradually. that is a good idea. I suggest that you see a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator). I hope you are seeing an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). If you can gradually reduce your A1c to below 7.0 and have much better stability in your numbers, you may be able to avoid the serious diabetes related complications in the future.

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