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Old 02-05-2012, 12:13   #1
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Hi all!
My name is kelly and I was diagnosed back in 2007 with Type 1.
I have not had the best run with my diabetes, I have struggled with depression, mixing meds, going on and off the pump.
And just the everyday blues of living with this disease.
I am here to seek advise and motivation to get on track and loose weight as well as getting my HBA1C down so I can get my drivers license finally!!
I would love to hear your stories too.
All the best - Kel

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Old 02-05-2012, 13:43   #2
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Hi Kelly - welcome to the forum. Even though I'm 61, I can still remember the excitement of getting my license, so I surely understand. What do they require for your A1C to be in order to get a license? How long have you been waiting to get it?

What motivates us is a personal thing of course, but my motivation was to stop any advance of complications. The first line of defense was eliminating carbs except from vegetables and nuts mostly. In your case, that would mean you could use less insulin and would help in your weight-loss efforts.

What do you find are your biggest challenges in managing your diabetes?

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A1C: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other Stuff
2/13/11 .. 14.7 . . . . . . Trig/HDL ratio .. 5.5 to 2.2 in 6 mo
5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

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Hi Kelly, welcome! I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and am very healthy. I did gain weight in the 1990s. It was caused by eating too many carbs, and using too much insulin. I gradually reduced my carb intake to 130 per day, which required much less insulin. I also increased my daily exercise. The weight loss was gradual, but today I am only 6 pounds above my ideal weight.

If you gain too much weight you can become insulin resistant (IR), like a type 2 diabetic. Then you would need a type 2 med, like Metformin. I was diagnosed in 1998 with IR. Having IR requires even more insulin, which causes even more weight gain. It is very important for a type 1 to avoid substantial weight gain. I have lost almost all of the weight I had gained, but I will always have IR. Keeping my carb intake low and using Metformin enables me to use only 34 units of insulin per day (basal + bolus).

Ask all the questions you want. There are other type 1 diabetics here to help you.

Richard

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