What Is Your Biggest Diabetes Fear?

What Is Your Biggest Diabetes Fear?

What Is Your Biggest Diabetes Fear?

What would be or what is your biggest fear in dealing with diabetes?
This was the question I posed to the diabetes community to find out what their biggest fears were. I also shared with them my biggest fear and the fears that already occurred.
My Fear: Weve experienced a lot throughout these short almost 7 years since my sons diagnosis . In his first year of being diagnosed he was put on a sliding scale (which I learned I HATE ) and passed out from a low blood sugar , his sister (who was 4 at the time) found him unconscious in his room. This was only 2 months into diagnosis and I had to give glucagon.
After that scare, fast forward two months later (4 months into DX) he was acting strange so I tested, he was 143. My husband thought he was misbehaving but to me it felt like something was just off or not right about him so I made him come downstairs with me so I could monitor him closer. I tested him again 15 mins later and he was 99, I thought geez thats a big drop so we gave him a juice box. Not but 5-7 minutes later he suffered a seizure.
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My husband called 911 and an ambulance was on the way but I tested during this time and he was 43, just like that. After this hospital stay they realized his sliding scale was too high (ya think??) I asked this the first time but they looked at me like I didnt know what I was talking about, you know we were only 2 months in. Since that day, weve had our fair share of crappy days with T1D (Highs, and lows, and a second diagnosis of my daughter), but nothing (thank god) as frighte Continue reading

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Managing diabetes to live a longer, healthier life

Managing diabetes to live a longer, healthier life

November is National Diabetes Month. Learn to manage your diabetes for a longer, healthier life. Diabetes has no cure, but a healthy lifestyle can reduce its impact on your life. Make a difference with what you do every day: eat healthy diet, get physically active, take medications as prescribed, and keep health care appointments to stay on track.
The basics of diabetes
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and one out of four of them don’t even know they have it. There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).
With type 1 diabetes, your body is unable to make insulin. If you are a type 1 diabetic, you will have to take insulin every day. Insulin is a hormone that acts like a key to let blood sugar into cells to be used for energy. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 (less than 5 percent of those with diabetes have type 1). There is no known prevention for type 1 diabetes.
Nine out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2. At least one out of three people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels. Knowing you have diabetes and making healthy changes will benefit you now and in the future. Risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher than for adults without diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
· Having prediabetes (blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be Continue reading

Fighting the Diabetes ChocolateDemons

Fighting the Diabetes ChocolateDemons

Even with testing, diabetes is a guess every day.
This post is dedicated to my friend Carol. I met Carol through my blog and we periodically emaileach other talking about Type 1 diabetes, Medicare, and stuff like that. She doesnt live near me and I dont know if we will ever meet in person. But we share the journey, the joy, and the struggle of women aging with Type 1 diabetes. Thank-you for being part of my life, Carol.
The anguishyou describedin your latest email about chocolate, post-dinner eating, and making bad decisions probably rings true for almost everyone with diabetes. In fact itmight ring true for every human being who has access to potato chips, chocolate, cigarettes, and/or alcohol. Unfortunately for those of us with diabetes, we have BG meters that provide a visual reminderof how often we have failed to live up to our expectations.
I am good at finding temporary solutions to the problem of evening snacking. I long ago gave up hope of ever totally eliminating it. Sometimes I play games that work for a while. For example I package something like Hersheys Kisses in plastic bags of 15g carbs. I put them in the freezer and allow myself 1 bag each evening. That works for a few weeks before I realize that nothing is stopping me from grabbing a second or third bag of chocolate. Then I play around with my digital calendar and add a daily resolution event of No cr*p eating after dinner. When I am successful, I change the color of the event from a boring gray to a pretty color. Its stupid, but once again it works for a couple of weeks. Sometimes I put a big No! sign Continue reading

A new perspective on metformin therapy in type 1 diabetes

A new perspective on metformin therapy in type 1 diabetes

, Volume 60, Issue9 , pp 15941600 | Cite as
A new perspective on metformin therapy in type 1 diabetes
Metformin is quite frequently used off-label in type 1 diabetes to limit insulin dose requirement. Guidelines recommend that it can improve glucose control in those who are overweight and obese but evidence in support of this is limited. Recently-published findings from the REducing with MetfOrmin Vascular Adverse Lesions (REMOVAL) trial suggest that metformin therapy in type 1 diabetes can reduce atherosclerosis progression, weight and LDL-cholesterol levels. This provides a new perspective on metformin therapy in type 1 diabetes and suggests a potential role for reducing the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease.
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Carotid Atherosclerosis: MEtformin for insulin ResistAnce
Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
REducing with MetfOrmin Vascular Adverse Lesions
The complete member list for The REMOVAL Study Team is provided in the electronic supplementary material ( ESM ).
The online version of this article (doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4364-6 ) contains peer-reviewed but unedited supplementary material, which is available to authorised users.
Over the last three decades, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and its Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) post-randomisation follow-up have confirmed that the risk of microvascular and cardiovascular complications i Continue reading

How to Live With Type 1 Diabetes

How to Live With Type 1 Diabetes

Being diagnosed with a chronic disease like diabetes is daunting, even more so when the disease affects every single activity in your life, including the pleasurable ones, such as eating a great meal, having a cocktail with your friends or going for a hike.
Diabetes can essentially be divided into two types: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is most often diagnosed in children or young adults and requires daily insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the more common type that's often diagnosed in older people and in those who are somewhat overweight.
Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune in its origin, which means that your body destroys the very cells needed to produce the insulin we all need to survive. Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, people with T1D didn't live very long, and in many developing countries where there is a lack of insulin supply, people can die from it.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of individuals with diabetes and may, in some cases, be reversible if lifestyle changes are implemented.
[Read More: What You Need to Know About Diabetes ]
So what can you do to live a healthy, happy life after being diagnosed? I was diagnosed with T1D as a teenager and did many things right, but also many things wrong. Here are some important lessons that I learned:
1. Learn as much as you can. Don't hesitate to bombard your health care professionals with questions. They've seen many cases like yours and can guide you through your struggles and toward small victories.
I also recommend that people with diabetes share their story with fellow patients -- something I Continue reading

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