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Old 08-17-2015, 04:51   #1
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Hello everyone, hope you're having a good evening thus far and am grateful to anyone who will take the time out of their night to answer my question. I'm 20 years old, college student who made the Dean's list this semester (yay!) and am also unfortunately a type one diabetic. I was diagnosed in August of 2007 and have somewhat ignored my condition until now. I always wanted to be like the other kids by eating whatever they did and ignoring shots, etc. Now at 20 I realize how dumb it's been and a week ago I had a realization that I needed to buckle down because not doing so results in very real but very bad things to occur. My most recent A1C's have dropped from 8.5 to 8.1 to 7.7 around 3 months ago and I go to the doctor again tomorrow. I know it will be slightly higher this time as the stress of school and finals/summer made me ignore some bad blood sugars (stupid I know). I am now very serious about this as I should have been awhile ago but the past is the past. Sadly, I know a lot of complications don't occur immediately and I could suffer down the line. My question is this: if I can hunker down now, will I be okay later on in life? Or am I doomed as a result of 7 years of mediocre at best treatment. Also, I don't have a lot of blood sugars in the 300's, but rather a ton in the 200's. Is that awful? I am always quick to take my shot once I realize my sugars are high, does that help? Thanks again guys!

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You are young and can have a healthy happy life ahead of you if you learn to control your blood sugar. I would suggest that you get a copy of Dr. Bernsteins " Diabetic Solution"
http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bernsteins-...betes+solution

I gave the link to Amazon so you can get an idea of the book. It answers a great deal of the questions you probably have on how to control your Diabetes as a type 1. He is in his 80's and still treating patients and is a Type 1 himself.

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A lot of his book is available on You-tube in lectures if you have time but I also recommend his book highly along with www.bloodsugar101.com to you. It's amazingly good and accurate. With your youth you should have time to rectify your your youthful indiscretion for a happy, good life.

Tell us more of your numbers and diet?




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Well I'm a 20 year old male, about 5'8" and 135 pounds. I'm very active and workout every day. I was a 3-sport athlete in high school but decided not to participate in pursuing college athletics as some of my friends did due to my sugar numbers always being so crazy. It seems like my numbers are always good in the morning and decent in the day but skyrocket at nights. For example, earlier I had a 236 bs took the proper amount of insulin, tested again 1 hour later and it was 222. Didn't even do anything that should have raised it. Makes me so mad because I rather not go blind or lose a limb obviously lol. Right now, I'm taking it very seriously and doing everything I can to get my numbers under control.

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To answer your question, 7 years of neglect of BG can & does cause damage to cells in the body. However, you are only 20 and still might have a couple of growth years in you. If you did take your blood sugar seriously, I'm certain that you would be able to recover a lot of the damage done. It would do you a world of good to realize that carbohydrates are the major source of glucose in our body and by avoiding them you not only lower your BG, you also lower your need for insulin. This is also known as the Law of Small Numbers. Some good links & suggestions have been given to you, do read through them.

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Here is the link to read a lot of Dr. Bernstein's book free online and the Laws of Small Numbers mentioned by SKB is included here:

Read Online - Diabetes Solution - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site

Bernstein's low-carb diabetes diet plan is strict, but it can be modified to make it easier, and we suggest a low-carb/high-fat method which provides an excellent healthy way-of-eating called LCHF.

Dr. Bernstein nearly died of his diabetes, and he has residual damage to his feet, etc., but as you'll learn from his book, he now thrives on this management method, but it does require close attention to detail. Your body makes NO insulin, so you are in charge of providing that life-saving hormone at the most opportune time you possibly can. Have you every considered a pump? Many of our members who struggled mightily with MDI have gained great success using a pump. You should still be on your parents' insurance plan, so if I were you, I would look into getting coverage for that.




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Welcome to the forum.

You've come to a good place to help you not only get motivated to begin taking control of your diabetes, but the folks here know HOW to do this successfully. Please take to heart what information you've been given.

I am heartened to read that you are getting serious. I had a sister who went through similar out-of-control behavior that you describe (but much worse) in her early teens. She didn't turn around and, sadly, is no longer with us.

Your BG levels, in the 200s, are unsafe. Let us help you get them down under 140 at all times, even lower would be better. It can be done, has been done by other T1s (and T2s), and you also can do this.

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There is so much knowledge and technology available today for having good diabetes management. With the proper use of that knowledge, and the devices that are available, you can get good control. Stick with that control, and you are very likely to have a long healthy life with type 1. The life expectancy for people with type 1 in the US is almost as good as it is for non diabetics. I have been type 1 for 69 years, and I do not have diabetes related complications. You are young enough that you can get yourself under control with tight management.
The book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh can help you a lot. I assume you are using basal and bolus insulins, and you determine your meal dosages using carb counting.

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