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Hi to everyone, I'm from Melbourne Australia, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 22months ago 5 days before my 50th birthday (what a great present) & it has totally changed my life in good & bad ways.
 

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G'day and G'morin' from the Atlantic Coast of Canada :) Welcome to the forum.

Please stay around, read, share and ask questions.
 
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welcome Solostar :) I'm from Perth. It certainly is a shock being diagnosed with diabetes for anyone. So are you injecting or pumping for your type 1? Either way, I hope you've managed to start figuring things out and you're getting your BGLs under control. I'm type 2 on insulin (injecting). I'm sure you'll find this a great place for support and info. Keep us posted on how you're doing.
 

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Welcome, solostar. Whether you want information, support or both, this is a great place to be.
 
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Hey Onlymep, Yes, pretty shocked & had no choice than to accept to deal with it or meet my maker! I inject & my endo offered to put me on a pump but I can't afford $8,000 to buy one & can't afford health insurance for them to cover the cost - catch 22. My BGL have dropped since I completed a 5 day course to learn carb counting & injecting accordingly with what is eaten & am amazed with the results! It's still hard yakka as Diabetes has a life of its own sometimes,as you can do everything by the book to try & control it but still get highs & lows.

Cheers.
 

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Hi and welcome Solostar. I hope you find lots of support here. Its a wonderful resource and I find so much practical information to help me deal with my recent DX. See you around :blabla:
 
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Hey Onlymep, Yes, pretty shocked & had no choice than to accept to deal with it or meet my maker! I inject & my endo offered to put me on a pump but I can't afford $8,000 to buy one & can't afford health insurance for them to cover the cost - catch 22. My BGL have dropped since I completed a 5 day course to learn carb counting & injecting accordingly with what is eaten & am amazed with the results! It's still hard yakka as Diabetes has a life of its own sometimes,as you can do everything by the book to try & control it but still get highs & lows.

Cheers.
Yes, it's rather expensive. Health insurance premiums keep rising too which doesn't help. Have you joined NDSS as yet? I hope so as you at least get discounted supplies for injecting/testing. Yes, diabetes certainly has a life of it's own and it's not always within your control. I've had a headache for past 3 days and today I've still got it (I should probably say migraine actually as my left eye keeps going blurry and I've got the nerve pain).... yesterday my BGLs spent most of the day on the high side, today it's the opposite. I've had to eat more already to try and get my BGLs stable. Having a headache and having low BGL at the same time is not fun! Anytime you have pain or stress your BGLs become unpredictable I find.
 

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Hi to everyone, I'm from Melbourne Australia, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 22months ago 5 days before my 50th birthday (what a great present) & it has totally changed my life in good & bad ways.
mate, what suburb? I'm Julie in Sunbury, just diagnosed within last week ......
 
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Yes, it's rather expensive. Health insurance premiums keep rising too which doesn't help. Have you joined NDSS as yet? I hope so as you at least get discounted supplies for injecting/testing. Yes, diabetes certainly has a life of it's own and it's not always within your control. I've had a headache for past 3 days and today I've still got it (I should probably say migraine actually as my left eye keeps going blurry and I've got the nerve pain).... yesterday my BGLs spent most of the day on the high side, today it's the opposite. I've had to eat more already to try and get my BGLs stable. Having a headache and having low BGL at the same time is not fun! Anytime you have pain or stress your BGLs become unpredictable I find.
Have been with NDSS from the start & don't know what I'd do without them. The side effects (for want of a better word) of Diabetes are one that I find hard to live with. Having low BGLs is bad enough, but with a headache? ARGH! I"m raising a teenage daughter on my own so live with stress daily, but find it doesn't interfere with BGLs thankfully.
Hope you're feeling better soon.
 
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mate, what suburb? I'm Julie in Sunbury, just diagnosed within last week ......
Hey Julie, I live in the bayside suburb of Chelsea 20 mins north of Frankston. To be honest, I don't know alot about Type 2 other than, lifestyle changes (same as Type 1) and can be reversed. Is that right? How are you coping with it so early on in the piece?
 

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Solostar, don't want to rain on your parade, but I don't think it can be reversed but it can be controlled with care about your diet. If anyone has another idea, I'd love to hear about it!
 

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Pat's right. Diabetes doesn't go away, no matter the type.

BUT ... with good glucose control, symptoms (and even true complications) may subside, slow down, or be prevented altogether. Treatment requirements may also ease up (or not) -- which may be beyond our control.

You're well on your way, Solostar! :welcome:
 

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What's odd to me is that my own doctor didn't know that...I had a checkup last week and he said something about me losing the weight got 'rid' of my insulin resistance and so I told him about it just being under control and he looked me funny and then asked me if I was sure of that. He'd never heard of it that way. I guess since he's late '40's, he just didn't know about new understandings of the process. After all, I guess meters weren't around when he trained?
 

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Hi to everyone, I'm from Melbourne Australia, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 22months ago 5 days before my 50th birthday (what a great present) & it has totally changed my life in good & bad ways.
Hello solostar and :welcome: to the forum. I hope that you will feel comfortable here. There is a wealth of information to be found here, read what interests you and if you can't find something, just go to the forum page and do a search in the white box. I hope you have the time to visit often and take care!
 

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What's odd to me is that my own doctor didn't know that...I had a checkup last week and he said something about me losing the weight got 'rid' of my insulin resistance and so I told him about it just being under control and he looked me funny and then asked me if I was sure of that. He'd never heard of it that way. I guess since he's late '40's, he just didn't know about new understandings of the process. After all, I guess meters weren't around when he trained?
Maybe so, but it's still unnerving when a discussion with a licensed MD takes a turn like that! Holy cow!
 
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What's odd to me is that my own doctor didn't know that...I had a checkup last week and he said something about me losing the weight got 'rid' of my insulin resistance and so I told him about it just being under control and he looked me funny and then asked me if I was sure of that. He'd never heard of it that way. I guess since he's late '40's, he just didn't know about new understandings of the process. After all, I guess meters weren't around when he trained?
my doc has been practising for over 30 years... he looks like he is in his early 50's... he knows about meters thankfully. lol. I think it comes down to how up-to-date they keep themselves with new information. I even took a diabetic living magazine with me one time and showed him an article on latest research about a particular drug he was considering putting me on. He had never heard of the research and was grateful for me showing it to him. Our regular docs (here they're known as GP's) have to be across so much stuff that you can imagine it's impossible for them to know everything.... that's why they refer you to specialists for further treatment. I'd be worried if my endo didn't know something though.
 

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Don't me mislead you, this was my GP, not an endo and thinking about the age of his children, he has to be in his 50's. And, you are so right, they do have much information to keep up with these days. Also, he's been amazed at how many questions I've had thru the years and commented on how well informed I've been many times. Maybe many of his patients simply understand it that way?
 
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