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Old 09-02-2018, 04:24   #1
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Hello. My daughter was diagnosed one year ago with type 1. She is now 18 years old. It was kind of crazy last year as she left for 5 months after being diagnosed. Being said she kind of got thrown into this with only the advice from the medical profession. Since then I knew this didn’t seem right. So I began a journey to discover extremely low carb which lead me to Dr. Bernstein’s methods. I am almost finished reading his book and I really need some help. I am not here to argue or try to have someone persuade me in another direction. So if you can help me in particular with this method I would be so ever grateful. My daughter is now doing the best job. She eats low carb but she is all over the place. I am trying to learn before I sit her down and truly teach her. But her levels are from 80 and then to 300. I am so stressed out. And then with the correct dosage it is completely confusing me since the Endo gave us the amounts for carbs and high numbers. I am unsure how to figure it out for this new program. Can anyone help me?

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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

You'll find good support here. It shouldn't be too long before some of our T1 members will be by and give you the benefit of their experience.

You won't find any arguments about using low-carb for gaining control of diabetes. Most of us here, T1s and T2s, follow some version of low carb.

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Welcome, Jeray!

As VeeJay said, there's lot of support on this forum. There's also a lot of information and a lot of experience. I definitely would coordinate what you've read about low-carb diets with the experiences of our T1 members. And I especially would urge you to get your daughter's buy-in to this way of managing her T1 as it will make it easier for all of you.

Looking forward to seeing your daughter's success story here someday...!

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Welcome...

if she was diagnosed as Type 1, I assume medication was prescribed. what is the medication and the dosage?

also - a good place to start is to eat to your meter. this will teach you what you can eat and what you cant. Take a reading before you eat, then 1 hour after and then 2 hours after. depending on the results you can put in a journal whether the food spiked your BS or not.

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Hi Jeray, welcome to the forum. You may want to add "Think Like A Pancreas" by Gary Scheiner for a good understanding about controlling BG with insulin. If the endo has her using a sliding scale approach, I think this book will help with determining a better way.

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Is your daughter taking fast acting humalog or novalog and basal lantus insulin? How many carbs a day is she eating? She testing her glucose levels first thing in morning, before and after meals? What was her last A1c test? The more specific you are with questions or concerns the better. By the way, the more mom stresses out the more frequent moms blood sugar rises

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Hello. My daughter was diagnosed one year ago with type 1. She is now 18 years old. It was kind of crazy last year as she left for 5 months after being diagnosed. Being said she kind of got thrown into this with only the advice from the medical profession. Since then I knew this didnít seem right. So I began a journey to discover extremely low carb which lead me to Dr. Bernsteinís methods. I am almost finished reading his book and I really need some help. I am not here to argue or try to have someone persuade me in another direction. So if you can help me in particular with this method I would be so ever grateful. My daughter is now doing the best job. She eats low carb but she is all over the place. I am trying to learn before I sit her down and truly teach her. But her levels are from 80 and then to 300. I am so stressed out. And then with the correct dosage it is completely confusing me since the Endo gave us the amounts for carbs and high numbers. I am unsure how to figure it out for this new program. Can anyone help me?

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First of all, I hope this is how I reply to all of you 🙂. Thank you hftmrock for your advice. Thank you mbuster for referring the book. I am ordering it now. Heartsjourney, I am talking with my daughter and putting her on tighter schedule this week. I have sort of put it off because I do not understand how to figure out all of the dosages. I already have her on board for very low carbs but she is bad about still thinking she can have a “free” snacks, such as almonds or celery with almond butter. As for insulin, she is taking Lantus 16g at night. I know I need to see if her Endo will allow us to switch due to Dr. Bernstein’s reccomendations. She is also on Humalog. Of course she isn’t suppose to give any unless she is at 150 or higher. But her ratio is 1 unit for 12g carbs. I notice she is continually hanging out around 130-150 (or higher). But we did get her down to 90-100 last week ( but she was in Sweden) and I truly wouldn’t know how much insulin she should take with her food so she wouldn’t spike. Btw she uses a pen. She also wears the Dexcom. Honestly, we are going next week for A1C because when she went before her trip they gave her the wrong test. So we have no idea what it is. I think it will be bad. I’m nervous to tell her about only 6g for breakfast and only 12g for dinner. I think she is close most of the time but once in awhile she wants those snacks which I know she can’t have. Thank you soooooo much for all of your advice. I feel like I finally have support and some advice. I appreciate it.
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If your daughter has gained minimal control, with BG mostly below 150, she's doing fairly well with the limited information she has had. Making a drastic change now while she is traveling may run the risk of having hypos in a foreign country.

Relay our greetings to your daughter. I would invite her to join our forum and ask about anything that is concerning her at the moment. And highly recommend she read through "Think Like a Pancreas" as was recommended.

Getting used to using basal and bolus insulins and gaining tighter control with them has a learning curve. But it is doable. And a now and then treat is easier to manage when BG is usually fairly low and stable. Those on insulin have a greater leeway with carbs than those T2s who rely solely on diet.

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Thank you VeeJay. She actually got home last week. That is one reason I haven’t had the “talk” with her because I wanted her to get adjusted to time. I will hope she joins the forum. 😉

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Hello. My daughter was diagnosed one year ago with type 1. She is now 18 years old. It was kind of crazy last year as she left for 5 months after being diagnosed. Being said she kind of got thrown into this with only the advice from the medical profession. Since then I knew this didn’t seem right. So I began a journey to discover extremely low carb which lead me to Dr. Bernstein’s methods. I am almost finished reading his book and I really need some help. I am not here to argue or try to have someone persuade me in another direction. So if you can help me in particular with this method I would be so ever grateful. My daughter is now doing the best job. She eats low carb but she is all over the place. I am trying to learn before I sit her down and truly teach her. But her levels are from 80 and then to 300. I am so stressed out. And then with the correct dosage it is completely confusing me since the Endo gave us the amounts for carbs and high numbers. I am unsure how to figure it out for this new program. Can anyone help me?

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Hello Stressed out Mom,
I don't know how my parents kept it together when I was 18 but they did . I was diagnosed at 4 and I'm 56 now. I've done remarkably well. Like your daughter I watch what I eat but where I'm different than a lot of people is my level of physical activity.

In my opinion it's very important and potentially as important as ones dietary intake. So having said that - hopefully your daughter is not sedentary - if so you and her may want to start working on that. Simple stuff like shooting for 10,000 steps a day etc.

I find walking in particular makes a big difference in the my BG stability.

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