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Old 07-25-2014, 00:18   #21
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I will do that as much as i can remember for the past couple of days. I do not have a eating plan, i sometimes skip breakfast and lunch. I am not really big on eating as i know i have to with having diabetes and not producing any insulin.

I greatly appreciate all the advice and help everyone is giving me as i really want to have better control of my blood sugars and maybe gain some weight and keep it on. I wear a size 0-3 in jeans right now and want to get back up to at least a size 6

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Old 07-25-2014, 00:33   #22
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It's safe to eat, Shelly, and you prob'ly shouldn't skip meals if you can help it, but do eliminate as much carbohydrate as possible from your meals. Test very carefully so you aren't taking too much insulin - the fewer carbs you eat, the less insulin you'll need. But you definitely need an eating plan. If you've never been shown how to eat properly with diabetes, that's prob'ly a lot of the problem.

Some of the worst carb offenders are grains (corn, wheat, rice, oats, barley, etc.) and fruit (nearly all fruit except for a few berries - blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.). So if I were you and were so far out of control for so long, I would completely stop eating bread, pasta, cereal of any kind and all fruits. As I said, test very VERY carefully so you don't inject more insulin than you need.

Dr. Bernstein, a type 1 diabetic who nearly died from it, has written an exceptional book on how to manage, and most of it is available online. In particular, if you will begin to avoid eating carbs, is the Laws of Small Numbers.

In adopting a low-carb way-of-eating, you'll want to replace the missing carbs with natural fats and that will help you with your weight, as well as provide energy. You must be exhausted battling your blood sugar with as little help as you've gotten from your medical team.




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Old 07-25-2014, 00:51   #23
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Thanks, Gregory100, I corrected my error.

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Old 07-25-2014, 00:54   #24
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yes it is exhausting battling the blood sugars, and add the stress of not getting them under control. when i was on the pump my sugars somewhat were under control. I will get in to see the Dietcian (spelling) again. it has been a very frustrating 11 years. I think part of the reason i am a type 2 is it is adult on-set and type 1 due to not producing any insulin at all

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Type 1 can be diagnosed at any age. People aren't diagnosed as T2's simply because they're adults as opposed to being diagnosed in childhood. As others have also pointed out, it sounds like your doctor is actually confused as to your type. I am assuming that your doctor did actual type testing, correct?

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no, i have no had a test done to determine the actual type

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Type testing should be automatic upon any diagnosis of diabetes -- regardless of age or any other factor. While treatment regimens are similar among Types, they are not the same. For example, a complete diagnosis is vital to ensure that Type 1s are not denied prescriptions for insulin.

On the scientific side, incomplete diagnoses provide inaccurate statistics.

Unfortunately, we all too often must ask for (or even demand) Type testing.

In your case -- since your doc seems confused, and so is your medical record -- I would ask right away! The specific tests you'll need are the GAD and C-peptide tests. GAD looks for antibodies, and C-peptide tests your pancreas function.

It is possible to be one Type, with characteristics more often found in another Type -- but -- if certain antibodies are present, you are a Type 1.

FOODS. When we ask about an "eating plan," we're asking what kinds of foods you're eating, or which have been recommended to you. A set, one-size-fits-all schedule is not very common around here, but most of us eat low-fat, high-carb (LCHF). We cut the carbs way down, and add healthy fats from whole foods to make up for the "lost" carbs.

GLUCOSE LEVELS. Please pardon a few questions:

-- Do you test regularly?
-- If so, when?
-- What kinds of numbers are you seeing?

If your levels get high and stay there, eventually you may lose weight without wanting to (which may already be happening). LCHF should help with weight gain, and can be tweaked to be even more helpful.

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Old 07-25-2014, 03:11   #28
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GLUCOSE LEVELS. Please pardon a few questions:

-- Do you test regularly? yes
-- If so, when? before meals and bedtime
-- What kinds of numbers are you seeing? all kinds of numbers in the 200's, 300's, 400's and sometimes in the 500's. also there are times i am low like in the 40's, 30's and 20's

i don't know if i have had them kind of tests done but will ask my regular doc to have them done

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Wow, those are pretty significant numbers. How many carbs are you eating each day? Have you considered reducing your carbs to get better control?

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Old 07-25-2014, 03:24   #30
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i am going to try and reduce the amount of carbs i am eating at each meal, i know realize i am eating a lot of carbs at each meal. i have the foods that are good and to avoid saved on my computer and will print them out and take them with me when i go shopping

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