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Hello,
My name is Ali , am 24, been diagnosed with Type 1 seven years ago, i was 17 back then.

in the beginning i had great control, but after some years i just lost it !
my body rejected the 1st type of insulin i was on, and my condition got worse and i dunno why.

My Dr. back then changed the type of the insulin to a rapid one, called ActRapid if anyone know the name.

Anyway all that was in the past now , but am still on ActRapid , no pills no nothing else.. and i can tell , this is not good.

Mainly am here now to find help and get to know new ways to live with my diabetes.

Example: i found around here A LOT of things that i dont get at all when it comes about food and diet ! in a matter of fact .. i want to know how to EAT !

btw, do anyone thought about taking a med to lose appetit to control the bs levels more ?
 

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Welcome to the forums! We're glad you are here. This is a great place to find information about diabetes.

The things you need to stay away from are carbs. You will find these in breads, rice, potatoes, fruits, sweets, pasta, etc. I hope that you visit us often and get the answers you want.
 

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Unless you are using a pump you should also be using a long acting insulin like leimer or lantus. It is impossible to manage your background needs of insulin without long acting insulin or being on a pump.
 

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Unless you are using a pump you should also be using a long acting insulin like leimer or lantus. It is impossible to manage your background needs of insulin without long acting insulin or being on a pump.
i'm not on a pump ! but it's a good start to know what am missing ! Thanks alot for this tip !
 

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without a long acting insulin you will always go high between meals and when you wake up in the morning you will always be high
 

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Do you have an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) for your doctor? If your doctor has you using only one kind of insulin, then he must not know very much about diabetes. There are some type 2 diabetics who use only one type, but all type 1 diabetics need two types: a slow acting that works 24 hours, and a fast acting that is used before meals and snacks. You should also count the number of carbs before eating, and let that determine your dosages of Actarapid. I need one unit of insulin for every 8 carbs I eat. that is called a 1:8 carb ratio. Do you know your carb ratio? It may be very different from mine.

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Do you have an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) for your doctor? If your doctor has you using only one kind of insulin, then he must not know very much about diabetes. There are some type 2 diabetics who use only one type, but all type 1 diabetics need two types: a slow acting that works 24 hours, and a fast acting that is used before meals and snacks. You should also count the number of carbs before eating, and let that determine your dosages of Actarapid. I need one unit of insulin for every 8 carbs I eat. that is called a 1:8 carb ratio. Do you know your carb ratio? It may be very different from mine.

Richard

how do i know the number of carbs in my meal ? i dont know my carb ratio :( .. how to know that too ? some kind of blood analysis or something ?

you were very helpful !
 

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You can read the number of carbs in your meals by reading the labels on the packages, cans, etc that you buy. You should also buy a copy of the "Calotie King" book. It lists the carbs in almost all the foods we eat, and also lists many of the chain restaurants with their menus and carb counts. Another book that teaches you about carb counting and carb ratios is "Using Insulin" by John Walsh. I buy my diabetes books on amazon.com. They are cheaper there than in bookstores. A CDE (certified diabetes educator) is also very helpful. They can usually be found on staff at hospitals. You could make an appointment.
 
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