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Old 08-19-2015, 14:29   #11
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I was diagnosed type 1 at 50. 1.5 years ago. I too believe stemming from a virus. It isn't easy and you will have your trials but it IS doable. I hate to group people as my husband is very supportive as well but if you don't 'have it' you don't get it', at least not to our extent. I have found a way to eat and only take 1 unit of fast acting and 2-3 of lantus. This keeps me from lows and spikes. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. I found how to control BS with LCHF and lowest insulin doses possible on my own. Moving BS is not comfortable at all. I hope you like avocado because it is the best BS stabilizing food ever!

Wishing you luck and sorry to see this happen but it can be controlled. Just such a shock mentally, emotionally and physically.
Hi Kristin,

Please tell me, what is LCHF? ( and I love avocado) You are so right about people not "getting it". I'll be the first to admit that I never got it until I actually "GOT IT". My husband tries but he hovers and is way overprotective and I get frustrated. I try to be diplomatic when I tell him to relax and let me manage this on my own because I know when to test and how much insulin to take and when to take it, blah blah blah. But I always seem to hurt his feelings.

I am finding that I am taking less & less Novolog (fast acting) every day. I take a morning injection of 27 units of Toujeo (slow release insulin) and am supposed to take the Novolog before every meal depending on what my BS is and what I will be eating. If my sugars are below 100, I cut the Novolog dose in half. Well, over the last two weeks, this seems to be happening at almost every meal. If my pre-bedtime BS level is under 140, I am supposed to have a carb snack to prevent a low during the night. I am having to do this every night.
I am taking less than 3 units of Novolog over the course of a day. I wonder if I am not eating enough carbs?

It also makes me wonder if my pancreas is making more insulin? My doc says there is a "honeymoon" period where it will continue to function and then it will drop off and eventually stop. Have you experienced this?

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LCHF = low-carb/high-fat

It is a way of eating that helps one gain and maintain good blood sugar control. When one reduces carbs, in order to have enough food for fuel, one increases fats (not proteins) and enters into a state of using fats for fuel rather than carbs. Hence the "high-fat" part.

Check out this site: http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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Old 08-20-2015, 00:02   #13
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Hello Cindy, welcome! I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. No diabetes related complications after 69 years of type 1.

The book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh is a very good reference. Walsh also wrote "Pumping Insulin". Both books have helped many people.

If you have any specific questions, please ask.

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Old 08-30-2015, 14:57   #14
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Hi Cindy,
I don't believe I have experienced the honeymoon phase as I don't make any insulin at all. However, over the course of the 1st few months I had to reduce insulin a lot! For me that is the best way for me to manage my BS. I don't like lows OR treating them with food. My perfect BS number is 85. That is where I feel most stable and I can keep it within 10 points the way I eat. I take one unit novolog with meals and 2 lantus before bed. This way I don't fear the lows like I used to. I eat very low carb. Veggies only. When I 1st started I was eating 15c per meal and could not control BS. I would go low then high or opposite. We call it roller coaster. at DX I was taking 8-12 novolog per meal to bring down highs. Then I had lot of lows so kept reducing. Then as I reduced carbs as well and kept reducing insulin and had MUCH more stable BS I had to continue to reduce insulin. Lantus is meant to keep BS stable, not reduce so if it is reducing you you might want to talk to your Dr. My Dr lets me do my own thing. Why are you taking it in the morning? Do you take it at night too? My advice is to NOT eat more carbs. There is no way to time your fast acting to get there at the same time as your carbs so you will roller coaster. Through trial and error and TESTING TESTING TESTING, I found meals at times of day that work and keep me stable. I also found excess protein to be just as much of a culprit as carbs. This is the meal plan that works for me to take 1 unit per meal. BF is 4-5 ounces avocado/guac and celery, no protein. For some reason I get a big spike with P in the morning. Lunch is 2 oz turkey, tuna or salmon (with mayo) on a romaine lettuce wrap or small salad. Or sometimes the wrap with asparagus, bok choy or some other veggies. I have a radish, celery and 2 or 3 raw snap beans (I take the peas out and I don't care for them anyway). Dinner is same as lunch but 3 oz P. I cannot eat over 3 ounces and keep stable. If I take even 1/2 extra unit I go low until P gets there then I go higher. I use an appetizer plate most meals as my measuring cup. I also have a small scoop of guac at L & D. It keeps BS very stable for me. It prevents dips and spikes and evens everything out. Consistency is very important to me and my dosing. I have a good variety of P and Veggies and fats. I just keep the quantity the same. I dose for meal size as well. So I don't just look at carbs. I look at the P and the size of the food on my plate. I snack on mustard/mayo dip and mushrooms or celery or a few nut. I don't eat a lot of saturated fat as I seem to go higher and stay higher. I do love burgers but I keep them to 2 or 3 ounces, just like other P.. I don't like to feed my insulin (eating to correct lows) I like to cover my food and be done. It takes time to regulate and find the right meals at the right time of day and it takes adjusting insulin accordingly. Error on the side of caution until you find it. Don't increase carbs! Reduce insulin! That is the ticket. I tell people insulin keeps me alive but it can also kill me. I would rather dose very small and eat to that then take the chances of lows. I had some close calls in the 40's. Not anymore

Windy! Hope that helps


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Old 08-30-2015, 16:01   #15
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Don't they teach Carb Counting in Type 1 school. I gave myself injections on a sliding scale one day, before I figured out, it's don't work and it's dangerous not to try to count carbs.

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Old 08-30-2015, 16:17   #16
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I don't eat 'carbs' other than veggies. I would not have to take any insulin if I just based my dose on carbs/veggies. IF one is to eat carbs then yes, of course they need to be counted BUT protein and fat also play a roll. I need to bolus for my P more than my C since I really don't eat carbs. Always less than 5 per meal. Net probably 2 or 3

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Old 09-12-2015, 17:25   #17
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Hi, I was diagnosed in the north of the Uk ( I live in the south) hundreds of miles from home. My Ex husband left in the January and I had two children to care for. I think the shock and the upheaval and stress could of triggered being diagnosed with type 1 ( I had suspected colitis after he left). It can be a battle at times, but it will get a little easier with time. Take care :-)

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Old 09-25-2015, 04:33   #18
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Hi! I'm now 47 yrs. old, was just tested for LADA. I had the same experience of becoming ill with a wicked virus that kicked off an attack on my pancreas. I started dropping weight and losing muscle mass, not feeling well. I was also treated as type 2 for 1.5 yrs. I've just went off of Metformin & Invokana and started Toujeo (slow release). I've not been able to get good control of my BS yet. How are you doing?

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Hi Cindy-I am 56 and just diagnosed with type 1. I, too had been super active and healthy my whole life. I do hot yoga 5x/week and eat healthy. This has rocked my world! My A1C was 9.8 and currently I am taking morning Lantus and Humalog w/every meal..Since I probably dip at night, they are wanting me to consider a pump? Have you gotten on one? I am with you girl!!

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