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Hello Everyone,

I'm currently 22 and I was just diagnosed with Diabetes last week, i was 152 pounds but now I'm at 140 and I'm 6 foot 3, I'm sure you can imagine how skinny I've gotten. I'm sure like everyone else here I was scared and depressed and to be honest i still am. I have no idea what life holds for me now and I have very limited knowledge on this disease, which is why i joined this forum. My level is currently bouncing around, this morning i was at 8.9 and now I'm at 10.

I hope we can work together and fight this as this is wearing down on me, and the more i think about the future, the more i don't want to live it.

I look forward to talking with everyone and absorbing as much information as possible.

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welcome and hang in there. I just joined too. Keep reading as much as you can and connecting with as many people on the board that have the same type of condition and symptoms you do. It can be overwhelming. I myself am struggleing with higher highs in the morning and after meals. i think I might be a 1.5 but I am doing more tests. In the end though we all just have to manage our sugars the best we can, Take care good luck
 

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Welcome to both of you. There's a lot to learn and a lot to Relearn sometimes too. Relearning that a lot of things we thought were healthy to eat can really hurt us now.

Coming together in support groups like this helps all of us bear the burden. It has been only eight months since I was diagnosed, so I'm still learning the ropes too. We can do this if we lean on each other, so let's all learn as much as we can and share it on the boards. We may not be able to beat this thing, but we can sure batter it into submission so it can't ruin our lives.

I'm thankful to have you both joining us. Please keep us posted on how you're getting along and share any new managing methods that work for you.
 

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Hello and welcome to our support group! After reading your description of yourself it certainly seems that you have the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. If that is the information that you were given then you are in desperate need of insulin. The best treatment for a newly diagnosed Type 1 is basal/bolus insulin control. I hope you are seeing a doctor who is very familiar with the treatment of diabetes. An endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) is the best choice. Once insulin has been prescribed and you have adjusted to it, you should have much lower test results and a stable control. If you have not yet started using insulin I advise you to eat very low carb food since all carbs become glucose and will raise your blood glucose level. To keep from losing more weight you can eat a lot of meat, eggs and fatty foods that have few or no carbs. In the early days of diabetes, before insulins, a diet heavy in protein and fresh low carb vegetables like lettuce, celery, etc. were recommended. Exercise will also helpower your blood glucose levels when they are high. Has your doctor suggested that you will be using insulin?

I have been Type 1 for 64 years and I am very healthy. My diabetes began in 1945 when I was 6. I survived and am doing well. Today you have many modern things available to you that I did not have. Good insulins, glucose meters, insulin pumps, books that give much useful information, doctors who specialize in diabetes and online support groups like this one. Once you have stable control you can have a long, healthy life like I have had. It will take a lot of work and patience on your part. Good luck during the months ahead. Keep us posted on your progress!

Richard
 

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I was diagnosed 4 years ago this coming June. As some of these very well informed forum members mentioned below, it is very important to see a good doctor that knows about diabetes and how to manage it. Working with your doctor, and maybe a dietrician, you can maintain a very happy life.

Although on here and other places, everyone talks about how to manage the physical aspect of this disease, the mental aspecets of this disease, especially right after you have been diagnosed, can be just as hard in dealing with the disease and modifying your lifestyle (yes, things will not be the same, but that is not necessarily a bad thing). As soon as I was diagnosed, I started writing a blog about how I was coping with the disease both mentally and physically. To give you some insight on what was going through my mind when I was first given my diagnosis. You can get the URL from my profile. I would suggest to the archives and start reading from the first entry on June 25, 2006. Some of it is personal, but I made public on the blog, for the purpose that others can see that some of the feelings and emotions newly diagnosed individuals are going through are shared by others - I hope this helps.

I have only recently joined this forum, but I wish I had joined one 4 years ago to get in touch with others with the same disease for encouragement, support and invaluable information.
 
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