I know that diabetes can be hard, especially if you are dealing with it by yourself but if you really work at it and check your blood sugar like you should, you can keep it under control. I’m not saying it won’t be hard, but believe me it’s worth it.
A confession and advice needed: I haven’t taken any insulin for a week now. I’m experiencing good symptoms and bad ones. Good includes not feeling bloated, maintaining weight, feel happy. Bad includes pimples everywhere, headaches and peeing every 5 seconds. My blood sugar is constantly HI but I feel fine.
Normally I wouldn’t break things down like this for a confession, but because you asked for advice, I’m going to share a bit of what I’ve learned:
You probably feel fine because you’ve adjusted to feeling high, and the headaches are likely a sign of dehydration. You don’t feel bloated because your body is trying to get all the water it can to flush out the sugars in your blood, and it isn’t absorbing water the way it needs to. The reason I’m explaining this is because one of the keys to weight loss is keeping hydrated. With your numbers running hi constantly, you won’t be able to stay properly hydrated and your body will go into ketoacidosis. This will help you lose/maintain weight at first, but that won’t work for long - your metabolism will start to slow down because your body is starving, which will cause your body to start storing more than it normally would, thus making it harder to keep up the weight loss.
Please take your insulin, there are safer and longer-lasting ways to get fit. <3
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I don’t want anyone to shame me or be harsh in their response to this confession, but I do want and need some support, motivation, and really, just help… I haven’t been taking care of myself well at all. I have trouble keeping a log and can only keep that up for a few days when I try. I haven’t checked my blood sugar regularly in awhile and only check when I’m low. I don’t eat healthy, don’t carb count, just generally guess how much insulin to give myself, absentmindedly forget to give myself lantus, and sometimes just skip meals and only eat once a day. I know I’m doing damage to my body, but half the time I’m in denial about it and just avoid thinking about it, acting like diabetes isn’t actually a part of my life. I was diagnosed almost a year ago. I need some help…I’ve set reminders on my phone to check my blood sugar at 3 specific times per day…and a reminder for lantus too. It’s a start, right? A few weeks ago I set reminders on the glucose buddy app but they never popped up and I completely forgot about them. What else can I do to help myself be on top of this? I have a real problem with consistency that is just ingrained in me and spills over into everything I do. It’s not just diabetes. It’s just how I was brought up. And that trait is making it really hard for me to actually handle this. Half the time, it’s not even just me blatantly ignoring the disease, it’s me forgetting about it… Can anyway give some helpful, hands on tips for things I can do? Not mental stuff that I need to “tell myself” or “realize” or “wake up” for or anything like that - I know it’s my health, my life, and damage I’m doing to my body. I know it can shorten my life. But obviously, after a year of knowing that, it’s not enough try as I might, to know that and make permanent changes. Every time I try I just lapse and forget about it. I need advice that is real and concrete, like those reminders on my cell phone that will be in my face multiple times a day.. Should I put up posters all around my house that say “Check your blood sugar!!” and “Eat healthy or you’ll die!!” or something??? :(
Guys, something to remember if you’re trying to lose weight and maintain your bloodsugars properly. If you change your diet, you need to account for that with your insulin. Especially if you have a pump. You need to alter your basal rates and your carb ratios, or you’ll get freaky highs and lows. Otherwise you’ll just get a low, overcompensate, get a high, have to give more insulin, and any progress you’ll made will be for not. Temp basal rates are you friends! Seriously! I use them A LOT.
It irritates me when I see confessions like “i haven’t checked my blood sugar in 3 weeks…. good job”. Do you not understand the damage you are doing to your body? I know being a diabetic sucks. It really sucks. I know it’s hard. It’s really hard. But, it will get better. You have to take care of yourself now, or you may not be around in the future… and if you are, you’ll only suffer. Please try. Educate yourself. Understand what you are doing to yourself. Love yourself.
My personal confession is that although I maintain good care over my type 1 diabetes (Rockin’ dat 4.8 a1c, last visit ;*]), I change my lancet probably about only once a month, and I never use any rubbing alcohol when checking my blood sugar, and I do it about 5-15 times in one day, and only on these three fingers on my right hand.
My pride in my better blood sugars are the only thing that over rides the overwhelming urge not to take my insulin.
My name is Kayleigh, I’m 17, and I’ve written many posts like this before on this page. I cannot express how badly I need a diabetic buddy. I have been type 1 for almost 3 years now, and I am still not treating it right. I hardly ever check my blood sugar, and I don’t take insulin all day and then I overdose at night (without checking my sugar), wake up at 3 am low, and then start all over the next day. When I realized that I was losing weight because of the lack of insulin I was taking, I got excited. It was encouragement for me to keep ignoring my insulin shots. I’m not really fat, but I would definitely like to lose some weight. I weigh 145 pounds right now, which is about average for my height (5’8”). I used to weigh 160 before I started not taking enough insulin. I want to lose more weight, but I want to take care of myself. I want to check my blood sugars and be healthy. I want a better A1c (mine is 9.7 right now). I hate taking care of myself, I HATE IT. We all do, right? I know I’m not the only one going through this, or the only one that has been through this. I need a friend that understands and will talk to me. I’m willing to give out my phone number and text or call, or we can email, or webcam, or we can even do snail mail and be pen pals or something. The only reason I use my tumblr now is for this diabeticonfessions page. I’ve written a post on here before asking for a diabetic buddy, and got quite a few responses, but nobody stayed with me. I need a friend that I can talk to frequently, daily even. We can talk and understand each other and help each other out, tell each other our blood sugars, how we’ve been feeling, whatever. I know this sounds so desperate, but I am desperate. I just want a friend. I need one. Please.