Controlling Blood Sugar

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2017-07-25 16:55:44 -0500
Started 2017-07-09 03:47:19 -0500

Hi. So I have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, its been 2 years and still my sugar levels are not controlled. I am also not able to focus on this as I live with some roommates and I mostly eat what they cook and do not have much to exercise and maintain my diet. I am also working full time and have college in the evenings. Can you recommend a good diet and schedule? Also I seem to be missing my dinner most of the nights because of college schedule.

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-07-25 16:55:44 -0500 Report

Hi Anonymous,
I have been there. I was diagnosed as a teenager. Early on, I didn't want to trouble anybody with my diabetes, so I'd go along with what everyone else was eating and let diabetes drift in the background of what my schedule required. I got myself into some bad situations doing this and my health suffered. Here's a couple of suggestions from my 20 years of diabetes management.

  1. Regardless of eating and being busy wth class and work, make time to check blood sugar. That data will make all the difference in helping you get where you want to be with your blood sugar levels. If you check and are high, you can quickly dose and let the insulin do its work while you get back to it. If it is low, you can pop some glucose real quick and do the same.

  2. Keep some foods on hand that you can turn to if the roommates are making things that you know mess up your blood sugar too badly. Don't be afraid to do your own thing, and don't be afraid to ask for their support. T1D is a difficult thing to manage unless you have that support system and options for better foods.

  3. Healthy, low-carb snacks can go a long way, especially with a busy schedule that requires your focus. Keep a bag of almonds on hand and eat em up when you can. You'll get essential nutrition and avoid high blood sugar.

Hope this is helpful. Take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing.

Type1Lou 2017-07-12 18:20:23 -0500 Report

Until you learn what you need to do to take control of your blood sugars and act upon that knowledge, your blood sugars will likely be higher than they should be. A good place to start would be to calculate how many carbohydrate grams is in the food you eat each day and then begin to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet until you achieve the control you need. That means learning the carbohydrate contents and serving sizes for the foods you eat. You can get an app or a book that will give you that info. "Calorie King" is a good one. Also, reading food labels for serving size and carbohydrate content is helpful. You've been coasting for the past 2 years but if you continue, diabetes is likely to make you pay for poor control later in the form of serious complications that will affect your quality of life. Only you control what you will do. We're here to support you and help you along the way, but ultimately, the choices are yours to make.

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