I have type 1 diabetes, I’ve had it since the age of four (which equates to roughly 22 years of living with the disease).
While yes, having diabetes can be a drag, there are moments which crop up where having diabetes can be quite advantageous.
My own experiences bring to mind five particular highlights where having diabetes was actually of great personal benefit, if only for a short period.
Woke up at 6am with a blood sugar level of 14.3, even though I bolused for the food I had to eat last night to stave off the ketones…..still feeling pretty rubbish but hey ho on to my next shake!
Anyone have any thoughts on why my sugars are running so high, after my shake this morning I’ve been running dangerously high as in 24-26!!!
Obviously not enjoying this experience at all and just hoping it gets better when I start introducing food again tomorrow.
Will post again at the end of the day to say how rest of the day goes………..
Posthumous post to finish off what happened yesterday………
Not a good day at all – my sugars ran high for most of the day – is anyone else having similar experience? By 9pm lastnight my sugars had settled – well it was 10.5 but blood ketones were sitting at 0.9!!! I felt awful, head was pounding, little energy and I felt really sick, was scared to go to sleep with that level of ketones present so had to eat an apple and packet of crisps (being the only carb I had available at home!) to counteract the ketones plus another half litre of water to flush them out…..so, as you can imagine was up half the night peeing!!
So I’ve had 2 shakes (which don’t taste anywhere near as bad as I’d expected, must confess to using almond milk to make it though & added half a dozen small strawberries and some ice) and 1.5 litres of water – have to say I’m feeling pretty awful right now, my head is absolutely bustin and I’m really hungry 🙁
However, I’m determined to keep going with it so will just keep hoping this is a phase and I’ll start to feel the benefits soon…..
The time has finally come…..I’m going with Almond Milk to make my first shake, will update in a wee while to give my opinion……….have to say I’m not looking forward to it after reading what other peeps have to say about it! Ah well, here goes nothing………
So, I’ve had the Almased bundle for around 3 weeks now and haven’t even opened it – what this has done for me is made me recognise how busy I am and therefore how little time I actually take out to focus on my health and diabetes (type 1). Having cleared the ‘decks’ for this weekend I plan to start the 14-day trial on Saturday…..having read some of your blogs it’s pretty obvious the downside is the taste, so just wondering what you all found to help with this and does anyone have any other advice before I begin at the weekend?? Have bought all my vitamins to supplement my diet as well 🙂
This week there was news from a small study that showed that Novo Nordisk’s Victoza could serve as a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, as a supplement to insulin.
People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves dealing with large swings in blood sugar on a near-to daily basis which can be particularly difficult to control. The study on Victoza indicated that the drug helps to reduce the swings in blood sugar and improved overall blood glucose control.
Recently there has seen a swell of interest surrounding news that a cure for type 1 might be on the horizon.
The interest has been sparked by the news that University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that mice that produced no insulin did not experience high blood sugars if their glucagon receptors were blocked. Glucagon being the hormone which, in non-diabetic individuals, works in tandem with insulin to control blood sugar levels.
I can quite see why new year resolutions exist; a clean slate and the fact that the Christmas period sometimes allows a little extra time for reflection seem to be the main ones. Then with diabetes there can be an extra reason if Christmas means that blood sugars and control has wavered.
I’ve noticed two ways in which a resolution can be made:
- The first where you feel some kind of societal pressure.
- The second where the resolution comes from within.
In most cases, the second seems to be by far the most effective.