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My name is Scott I am an type 1 diabetic and have been since I was 18. Having lived with diabetes for over 11 years now I find myself trying to get more active in the community and trying to help people like me both with motivation, and knowledge. Much like any of you out there my life has been forever changed thanks to diabetes and strive towards a better understanding of the disease and better control. I started a site to help people with track and monitor their sugars and overall health, "diabeticjournal" for anyone who is interested.

I found the forum via google and was really happy to see a place where we can all share our knowledge. While doctors have a good sense of caring for your diabetes, the real practical knowledge comes from those of us who have to live with it. I'm happy to say my diabetes is controlled and proud to boast an 6.7 HgA1C at my last visit. I figure if you gotta live with it, you might as well be proud and try to take joy in knowing you are doing your best.

Anyway I just wanted to introduce myself and look forward to talking to more of you in the posts. :)
 

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Hello Scott, welcome aboard! That is great that you are doing well and want to help others too. There is a great need for educating the public about diabetes. your website can help in that respect. So many diabetics get very little help from medical professionals. We need people like you for that reason. Good luck with your diabeticjournal site!

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Thank you very much for your vote of confidence. If I have it my way I will push researchers harder to find a cure...

It's definitely hard to get good help. I've been lucky, my general practice doctor does a great job answering my questions and pointing me in the right direction. I've had specialists in the past who were next to useless. All I can say is we owe it to our families and friends to live an happy and healthy as we can, and if we aren't getting the help we need from the people around us we must seek it out...

Also You need to keep the motivation going. It's like bathing... you have to put effort towards it every now and again ;)
 

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Also You need to keep the motivation going. It's like bathing... you have to put effort towards it every now and again ;)
Welcome Scott . . . love your analogy to bathing! LOL! Yes, keeping the motivation alive is a big issue for some of us. Sure glad you came along to help us with that!


(and since I can't figure how to work a llama into the discussion, I'm just gonna use this icon anyhow! heehee! It keep jumping at me from the sidelines over there & I can no longer resist! :llama:)
 

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Oh, and not to hijack the thread!

I wanted to say, welcome, Scott! I am a T1.5 dealing right now with CRAZY BG's ... and no insulin yet -- so my interests lie in handling both insulin deficiency and insulin resistance.

Your site sounds promising ... I will pop over for a look-see a bit later when my brain is working! (coffee!).
 

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Hey give it a shot, pop over there sign up for a basic account and I will upgrade you to a free life time premium account (will never expire). Just let me know your selected user name when you sign up.
 

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The real benefit of tracking your stats though is that it makes you conscious to what you are doing. Much like with finances if you tracked all the money going out over the course of a month or two you will see where all the waste is...

So even if you don't use my site it really helps to keep a log while you are building a routine. Track what you eat , your meds, exercise and and your blood sugars.. Then start making changes to your routine and you will be able to see how those changes effect your levels.

I am no where near as good as Richard with my levels, but one thing I did to help me make sense of the numbers was to reduce the number of variable. Now granted I am a type 1 so this worked for me with insulin but the same sort of thinking might help you. I ate the same meal for lunch for a week. Specifically Chef boyardee in a can. I watch my sugars and waitied until they were around the same number in the day say a 85. Then took my lunch insulin using the food label on the can as a guide.. So you know you are ingesting 52g of carbs based off the label. So I would start with about the number that I thought it would take for me and monitor the effect through out the day on my blood sugar then for a number of days keep adjusting until my insulin numbers until I found the right amount of insulin for that meal. Once I found that you can get an idea of how many grams of carbohydrates a single unit of humalog is worth.

Once you get that it's a lot easier to control you numbers. And this number will change based off you body weight, the more fat you have the less effective the insulin will be.

That's just what worked for me.
 

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That's an offer that's hard to refuse . . . are you extending it to all of us here?! heh heh

Cuz I'm about to sign up over there with the same name I have here, 'kay?! :D:D:D
 

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Shanny, I upgraded your account. Which means as the site grows and more options and features become available you will get everything the site has to offer. It's still an infant so this is a great offer that I extend to everyone on here just reply to this thread saying you have signed up and I will upgrade you ...


shammma :llama: ding dong.... Found a way to incorporate it.
 

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I agree with your method scott. I call that a carb BG ratio. On carb raises my BG 4 points in the daytime but 10 point during the night, while sleeping. that is very useful info when correcting a low. One glucose tab has 4 carbs so it raise me about 16 points. People talk about their insulin/carb ratios but not about a carb/BG ratio.
 

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Shanny, I upgraded your account. Which means as the site grows and more options and features become available you will get everything the site has to offer. It's still an infant so this is a great offer that I extend to everyone on here just reply to this thread saying you have signed up and I will upgrade you ...
Thank you! I was just there logging my pre-lunch reading - which is 110, btw.

shammma :llama: ding dong.... Found a way to incorporate it.
And it's plain to see you fit right in here . . . :D :D :D
 

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hehe well it's good to find people who like to share random thoughts and moments of insanity. Glad the internet was invented.
Hey isisagate, just wanted to say I need to visit your site later ... right now I am bummed over my numbers, which makes them difficult to look at :mad:! Once I stabilize, probably a few days as niacin wears off, I will pop over!
 

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That's fine just let me know and I will upgrade you anytime.


Don't be bummed over your numbers. They are just numbers. They don't mean anything, just focus on playing with the numbers and trying to find a system that works for you.

I know my dad has a rough time with his bg, but he compounds the issues by working to much into them. The more negativity you wrap into managing your sugars the harder it will be because no one instinctively likes to be negative or live a negative existance. We try to avoid negativity so feeling negative because of bad BG level will only make it worse...

Easier said then done I know, just try to think how can I make it better right now. Maybe bundle up and take a brief 15 minute walk. Clear your head. That will make you feel better.
 
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