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Hi! I don't post things on many sites but I have been having trouble controlling my glucose levels. I came across this site and everyone seems so supportive and nice, so I thought this couldn't hurt. Let me introduce myself. I've been a diabetic for 14+ years and have never had real control over this disease. I actually took it as a joke when I was first diagnosed. I was a kid and young and didn't realize how serious this disease really is. I now work extremly close with an endocrinologist, a nutritionist, a chronic disease manager (or diabetes educator), a therapist, and many other medical professionals to control or help control my diabetes. The one problem I have had in the past (and still do) is giving myself insulin at mealtimes. I either forget or get too lazy. I'm also afraid that I'm going to bottom out. The hypoglycemia I suffer is absolutely terrible. When I correct those lows I always overcorrect, so my numbers swing super high. Then it is a catch up game the rest of the day. I currently take Humalog, with meals and for correcting. I also take U-500 (Humalin) insulin three times a day. I take no other diabetes medications. I test about six to eight times a day to gain better control of my diabetes. I have a horrible diet, I drink regular soda, which I'm trying to cut out of my everyday diet. I eat chips and junk food. I do love cooking however and do so whenever I can. But I do not follow a diabetic diet or make very good food choices. I do eat lower carb foods and lower fat foods and try to incorporate these into the meals I make. I do have a problem with making food in my house - my partner is not a diabetic and is a picky eater. A lot of my food decisions are based on what is brought home from the store and the meals we try to plan for the next few days. I try to accommodate the different tastes instead of my needs. I don't mind but my diabetes is suffering because of that decision. So my goals are to get better control of my diabetes and to eat better and lose some weight. Does anyone have any advice for any of these topics, particularly remembering insulin at mealtimes, tricking the picky eater and cooking better? Thank you!
 

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Breeze - I would like to thank you for your warm welcome. I'm not use to talking about my diabetes in public. I usually, and mostly, talk about it with my doctors and therapist. My therapist think I should be more public about this. For me, this is a big step. I haven't had much regular soda in the past week. I think all total I've had about 8 ounces. This is huge for me. I like the suggestion you made about mealtime. I'll have to talk with my better half about that. Not being very good in the kitchen might hinder progress, but if we can work something out that would be awesome! My partner will eat chicken and ground turkey, which I make into a rockin' turkey meatloaf. It comes out really great! We don't eat much red meat unless I'm making beef stew - then there's plenty of beef. I eat eggs but she doesn't. In the past, my doctor had me taking my mealtime insulin after I ate but that didn't work out. I'm working extremely hard on remembering to take my insulin before meals. I'm not the best at counting carbs but I get it close. The almond flour sounds great but my partner is allergic to nuts and tree nuts, so we don't keep stuff like that in the house. I've been trying to use whole wheat flour but she isn't into that. But I'm pushing along to find things she likes. I think I just need to sit down with her and have a serious talk with her. I haven't been a diabetic my whole life and I think we are both stuck on that fact. Thank you for the advice and hearty welcome. I plan on visiting often and being involved as much as I can. I like this site and feel comfortable. Thank you!!

Shanny - Thank you for that eye opener. It's funny how it takes a stranger to point out the most important things. I've been trying to make it my number one priority. I went into DKA in 2006 and that scared me enough to test more often. I never want to go through that again! I'm meeting with my nutritionist at the beginning of March. I'm going to make the best of that appointment. Get ideas and help with meal planning. Maybe figure out a way to talk to my partner. I have to take this seriously and I think she does too. I've only done a partial job taking care of myself. Thank you Shanny for this eye opener.

Onlymep - I was once shown how much sugar was in a can of coke. The person who showed me was on a diet and knew I was a diabetic. She brought in a ziploc baggie filled with a little over a fourth of the way with white sugar. I was shocked! I've been thinking about that demonstration the past couple of days. It's quite disturbing. I'm trying to learn more on the Glycemic Index. We don't use that much here or at least I've never been taught it or heard other diabetic friends talk about it. I've been going to a site that has a very extensive list on GI foods. It's very interesting. This is all a work in progress and I want to thank you for your advice. It have been very helpful and useful.

You all have given me things to think about. Please if you have more suggestions I'd love to hear them.
 

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I've been on both Levimer and Lantus. I was taking a whole lot of units of both insulins that they had to put me on the more concentrated insulin. Your body can only absorb so much and because I was injecting over 70 units of insulin twice daily they made the switch.
 

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onaughmae - Thank you for your imput. I know all about insulin and weight gain. :( Boy, do I! I found out the hard way, without anyone telling me. That's a long story for another time. I've checked out the recipe section already. I've found some recipes that sound interesting and that I'm going to try. About the diet soda - because I suffer from migraines I cannot drink any of them. Trust me if I could switch to diet soda I would. Because I test so erratic and don't cover most meals (which is improving immensely), my doctor won't put me on a pump. She's nervous that I'll end up in the hospital again. Thank you, Pam. I'm glad I joined too. It's interesting and weird for me to be talking so openly about my diabetes. And having people respond so kindly. It's almost like a release.

ThoseBackPages - I am an adult. You are absolutely right on that account. It is hard to buy food when you have to depend on other for half, or more than half, the money to pay for the cost of eating. Being on a fixed income stinks and one is budgeted down to the penny. From this point forward it is a work in progress. I do want to thank you for your honesty. You are right about what I should and shouldn't eat. But onaughmae is right about control. It is a battle and struggle. I have to learn to find that happy medium. And I also have to learn control. Treats every once in a while is wonderful. That's what makes them treats. ThoseBackPages - You're not bitter. You're right for the most part. Thanks.

Onlymep - If you read above, I can't drink diet soda. It causes me to have migraines. Thanks for the article. Very interesting read.
 
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