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Old 02-15-2016, 12:24   #1
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My name is Hannelore Jordaan and I am Diabetic 1. I found out I had Diabetes, 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 first, landed in hospital a few times due to high Blood levels. I at last went to go see a Diabetic Specialist in the city and was diagnosed with Diabetes 1 two months ago.
My levels are sometimes still up and down. Ranging from 6 mmol/L to sometimes 16-18mmol/L. I am injecting 4 times a day. Morning, Noon and Night with Novarapid, and night with Lan.

Only thing that gets me down with Diabetes is the lows, I get so scared of them ( 2.6 mmol/L) then I am like a zombie. Just came back from the Dentist now and my teeth not looking good. So from Monday I have dentist appointments
Please ask me anything if you want to know something, and will answer as soon as I can.
Have a wonderful day and stay Blessed.
Hannelore

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Old 02-15-2016, 13:09   #2
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Have any of your doctors ever mentioned managing what you eat as a way to manage your high blood sugar? Since you have to take insulin, lows can be a problem if you continue eating like you did before your diagnosis. Because your body can no longer process carbohydrate (grains, fruit, root vegetables, etc), it's important to not eat those foods anymore, and that way you don't need to much insulin and there's less risk of lows.

Would be good for you to read Dr. Richard Bernstein's book - Diabetes Solution. He has been type 1 for nearly 70 years, and he's a great resource.

Another good one, and another type 1, is Gary Scheiner whose book is Think Like a Pancreas, is not online, but can be purchased online. Another great resource.

And while she isn't type 1 - she is MODY - she has the most comprehensive diabetes site in cyberspace. Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101.

The way-of-eating that most of us here follow is called low-carb/high-fat (LCHF). It calls for removing the carbs from your meals and replacing them with fat, which doesn't raise blood sugar.



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HI and welcome to the forum. Sugars play havoc with our BG and our teeth, another reason to cut back or eliminate it.

IF you have a chance, if you haven't already, find a good book about diabetes and insulin, like Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard Bernstein, Think like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner or Using Insulin by John Walsh. Much of Dr. Bernstein's book can be read on line. Here is a link to his Law of Small Numbers that explains how to best avoid the highs and lows. There is a tab that takes you to his book.

Just taking insulin is not the best management method You need to learn how to adjust your basal insulin (Lantus) and learn to things about how to adjust your bolus insulin (NovaRapid) for the carbs you eat (carb counting and carb to insulin ratio) as well as well as correction factors (how much your BG is lowered per unit of insulin). Your Diabetes Specialist should be teaching you this instead of using a sliding scale. I'll leave the explanations of details of this to those on the forum that are using insulin. I understand the 'plain jane' premise, but being type 2, I have no experience or first hand knowledge to base an answer upon. There are plenty of knowledgeable folks here though.

Please do tell us a little more about yourself. How old are you, what are your typical meals like, when do you test your BG, any other medical issues or meds, etc.? We are the nicest of nosy, because it helps those who can help answer questions you have a more appropriate response.
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I'm always amazed at how often I'm thinking the same thing as Shanny.

Well, good advise is worth repeating.

And where did my Like button go. Never mind, it showed up after editing this post the first time.

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64 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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Welcome Hannelore

You've come to a great place for gaining and keeping control of your blood glucose (BG). As has been mentioned, if you regulate the amount of carbohydrates you are eating, you can more easily regulate your BG because it takes less insulin and, therefore, less chance of missing the mark on insulin dosing, -- as is explained in Bernstein's "Law of Small Numbers".

Do let us know what a typical day for you is as far as what you eat, when you test and the amount of insulin you take (and the reasoning behind your insulin regimen - are you eating to keep up with the insulin you take, or are you counting carbs and taking only the amount of insulin you actually need). As I read the posts of T1 members on this forum, the latter method seems to be the key to gaining good control and eliminating, or greatly reducing, those lows that are so awful.

Do come often, and do the reading suggested, and ask any questions you may have. The collective knowledge on this forum is awesome and there's sure to be someone who has been where you are now and can tell you how they were successful in solving their difficulties.

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Hello Hannelore. Welcome to the forum.

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