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Hi, I am new to this forum. My father recommended that I join one to discuss my issues and worries about my diabetes. I am insulin dependent but been having issues with my blood sugar. I just started a new type of insulin and for years have neglected this disease. I saw my doctor yesterday and he really laid into me about it. Ive had alot of trouble accepting this disease and taking it serious and now I am starting to pay for it. Im just looking for some support and advice. Thanks!!:(
 

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You are absolutely in the right place. I had some emotional struggles since being diagnosed 2 months ago, but the wonderful people here have helped me through it.
This is going to sound harsh, but you HAVE to accept the fact that you are diabetic. You can not get any work done to making your life better if you only feel sorry for yourself that you have diabetes.
There are many consequences to not taking care of yourself, as I am sure your doctor told you yesterday. I have seen what disregarding diabetes does to people, and I have decided that I don't want that to happen to me.
I hope you find the encouragement you need here. But you will never get better at controlling yourself until you get serious and accept your unique circumstance.
I will pray for you my new friend.
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Hello and welcome, smokeboy! We are here to help all that we can. Tell us more about yourself and the things that bother you most. There is a wealth of experience, knowledge and wisdom here, that goes far beyond what can be found at the doctor's office.

Are you type 1? How long since your diagnosis? Even if complications have reared their ugly heads, there is plenty of room for improvement once you set about controlling your blood sugars. And it can be done - we'll share all the tricks we've learned to help you get it under control.

Ask all the questions you have - take care and visit us often.

Hi, I am new to this forum. My father recommended that I join one to discuss my issues and worries about my diabetes. I am insulin dependent but been having issues with my blood sugar. I just started a new type of insulin and for years have neglected this disease. I saw my doctor yesterday and he really laid into me about it. Ive had alot of trouble accepting this disease and taking it serious and now I am starting to pay for it. Im just looking for some support and advice. Thanks!!:(
 

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Hi, I am new to this forum. My father recommended that I join one to discuss my issues and worries about my diabetes. I am insulin dependent but been having issues with my blood sugar. I just started a new type of insulin and for years have neglected this disease. I saw my doctor yesterday and he really laid into me about it. Ive had alot of trouble accepting this disease and taking it serious and now I am starting to pay for it. Im just looking for some support and advice. Thanks!!:(
Good to meet you smokeboy! I hope you can find what you need here :) We are all here to help each other as much as we can. Tell us a bit about yourself. Are you T1 or T2? What is the new insulin you started? Are you carb counting to dose your insulin accordingly? You say you have been neglecting your diabetes, what was your last A1c? Most of all, what can we do to help? Please ask anything you like, there are no stupid questions here :)
 

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Hi, I am new to this forum. My father recommended that I join one to discuss my issues and worries about my diabetes. I am insulin dependent but been having issues with my blood sugar. I just started a new type of insulin and for years have neglected this disease. I saw my doctor yesterday and he really laid into me about it. Ive had alot of trouble accepting this disease and taking it serious and now I am starting to pay for it. Im just looking for some support and advice. Thanks!!:(
Hello and welcome smokeboy! We are happy to have you as a member. Your Father sounds like a smart and caring person, I am sure that he wants what is best for you. You will feel comfortable here, we have so many helpful members here. Tell us a little more about your diabetes and we will help you as much as possible. Don't be a stranger!
 

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Good to meet you smokeboy! I hope you can find what you need here :) We are all here to help each other as much as we can. Tell us a bit about yourself. Are you T1 or T2? What is the new insulin you started? Are you carb counting to dose your insulin accordingly? You say you have been neglecting your diabetes, what was your last A1c? Most of all, what can we do to help? Please ask anything you like, there are no stupid questions here :)
I believe I am t2 but doctors really never told me. Was diagnosed at 22 and I am now 31. I just started novalog 70/30. I dont carb count. My last A1c was 12. Very poor. Any sugestions or advice would be helpfull. Thanks
 

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The doctors have never really been clear on what type but I believe type 2. I was diagnosed at 23 and am now 31. My last A1c was a 12, very poor. I just started new insulin, novalog 70/30 flexpen. I dont carb count. I am always hungry but try to eat kinda healthy. Any help or advice or sugestions would help. Thanks
 

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The doctors have never really been clear on what type but I believe type 2. I was diagnosed at 23 and am now 31. My last A1c was a 12, very poor. I just started new insulin, novalog 70/30 flexpen. I dont carb count. I am always hungry but try to eat kinda healthy. Any help or advice or sugestions would help. Thanks
You need to ask your doctor again about what type of diabetes that you have. What medication or insulin were you taking before the 70/30? Your A1C is too high, your average blood glucose is around 216. Do you have a meter that you use at home? Eating healthy is good, but you need to be watching the amount of carbs that you eat. What is a typical breakfast for you? Sorry to ask so many questions, just trying to help find the reason why your A1C is that high. Testing before and after meals will give you an idea of how your body handles the carbs that you are eating.
 

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You need to ask your doctor again about what type of diabetes that you have. What medication or insulin were you taking before the 70/30? Your A1C is too high, your average blood glucose is around 216. Do you have a meter that you use at home? Eating healthy is good, but you need to be watching the amount of carbs that you eat. What is a typical breakfast for you? Sorry to ask so many questions, just trying to help find the reason why your A1C is that high. Testing before and after meals will give you an idea of how your body handles the carbs that you are eating.
I have asked and one says T1 and another says T2. I see a specialist in november. I do have a meter and mix it up. Some days I do b4 meals and some after. I was on humilin 70/30 for around 7 yrs then they tried pills but they didnt really work so they put me back on the humilin. Then for some reason I had an allergic reaction so they just switched me to the novolog 70/30. I ve been taking it and waiting hrs to eat and still cant get lower than 180.
 

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My knowledge of insulin is sketchy at best, but it seems to me you might want to be at least conscious of your carb intake even if you aren't actually counting carbs. Have you restricted anything from your diet at all - like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes? The fewer carbs you eat, the less insulin it takes to keep your levels lower.

Get a fasting test before you eat each day. Then start recording what you're eating. Test again an hour after you eat, and record that too. Take another test two hours after you eat, and record that. Now you have a log of what you ate, and how your blood sugar responded to that food. If that food is taking you above 140 at either of those tests, then stop eating it.
 

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The doctors have never really been clear on what type but I believe type 2. I was diagnosed at 23 and am now 31. My last A1c was a 12, very poor. I just started new insulin, novalog 70/30 flexpen. I dont carb count. I am always hungry but try to eat kinda healthy. Any help or advice or sugestions would help. Thanks
well its important to know what type you are...but even more important for an insulin user....you *must* be aware of your carb intake. Do you have access to a good diabetic educator that can give you advice on nutrition?
What is "kinda healthy'? maybe if you can give us an example of what a days worth of meals is like for you, then we can help ferret out some hidden carbs for you.
Carbs are going to make the most impact on your blood sugar. If you are taking insulin, and your blood sugar is still too high...then you are consuming too many carbs for the amount of insulin you are taking. Since you are taking that combo insulin, you cant really adjust that dosage based on what you are going to eat, so you need to eat according to what you are taking. This is why many diabetics do better taking a separate basal and fast acting insulin. Your basal is a set dose usually and your fast acting varies on the amount of carbs you are consuming.
 

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I wake up and usually cant eat breakfast. I eat a sandwich for lunch and then a meat and veg for dinner. I might have a snack in between. This morning I woke up and was fasting 185. I took my insulin and ate half a muffin. I tested about an hr and a half later and was 255. Dosnt make sense to me why it jumped that high. I just dont get it!!!
 

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I wake up and usually cant eat breakfast. I eat a sandwich for lunch and then a meat and veg for dinner. I might have a snack in between. This morning I woke up and was fasting 185. I took my insulin and ate half a muffin. I tested about an hr and a half later and was 255. Dosnt make sense to me why it jumped that high. I just dont get it!!!
It sounds like you need to increase your insulin and you are very sensitive to carbs. You might want to have some eggs and bacon or ham instead of the muffin. Also, your fasting reading of 185 is high. You might want to discuss changing insulin types with your doctor. Using a basal/bolus combination of insulin works really well and you can cover your carbs easier than with 70/30. Just my opinion.
 

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I'm terribly sorry this is such a difficult process for you. How often can you talk to a dr? It does seem you need to change your insulin intake, carbs, or both.
Best of luck.
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Hi smokeboy. When you see your doctor ask about using separate long acting (basal) and rapid acting insulins. You really can't adjust your insulin doses well enough with a mix. Your body has constant insulin needs which are handled with the basal - you need more of it at some times of day and less of it at others. Rapid acting insulin is used to help you process the carbohydrates in your meals. Ideally you will take a bolus (a calculated dose of your fast insulin).

If you don't mind reading, there are a couple of great books about getting the most out of insulin: Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner and Using Insulin by John Walsh. Either book can help make sense of this very complex topic.

As for your blood sugar rising after eating the muffin - muffins have a lot of carbohydrate in them, from the flour to the sugar, to any fruit like raisins, apples, carrots, etc. If I ate a muffin, I would read the package to see how many carbs a muffin included. Let's ay it's 30. I know that I need 1 unit of Novolog to cover 10 grams of carb; I would need to inject 3 units of insulin for that muffin to moderate my blood sugar.

A good tip is to reduce the amount of starchy carbs in your diet - grains, pasta, rice, treats like the muffin, and increase the amount of salad veggies, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, celery, etc. Eat small amounts of fruit. Include avocados, butter, olive oil, safflower oil, coconut oil. Have pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pinenuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias. Protein like chicken, fish, beef etc. is good. If you eat bread, make it lower carb. Same thing with tortillas and pita. If you feel lost without sodas, use sugar fee. Try not to drink fruit juice, although tomato juice or V-8 is great. There are plenty of things to eat that will not raise your blood sugar too much.

Hope this helps a little.

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Thanks for all your advice. I adjusted my insulin from 20 units to 30 and its helped alot. I also have been really watching my carb intake. Im still fasting kinda high, round 160 but during the day I have been maintaining a number of 130-120. Even have been around 100!! My body is definitely not used to normal sugars. I get really shaky at 100. I see a endocrinologist in October. Been on the waiting list for 4 months. Its been getting a little better for me. I really appreciate everyones support. Thank you!!!
 
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