SparkPeople Type 1 Diabetes Team Messageboard Dealing with Type 1 and trying to lose weight! As Type 1's we deal with special issues while trying to lose weight without risk to our diabetes health. SparkPeople Type 1 Diabetes Team Messageboard Diagnosed 27 years ago Hello, I am 32, diagnosed 27 years ago. Have lived most of my life with this special gift we all have. I'm looking to lose somewhere between 15 and 35 more pounds, with the main goal of being "fit" regardless of what that equals out to on the scale. I am looking to do that through a pretty steady approach. I am logging my food, exercising daily, and limiting processed foods as often as I can in my busy lifestyle. I wear an Omnipod, and occasionally hook up my Dexcom as well. I do strugg... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:22:33 EST i am back again! I am back again. I am heavier . I am so out of shape. Recently I have been on steroids so my bs numbers are horrible. I want to make a commitment this time to make the changes I need. It's so easy to say the words not so good at carrying it out. <em>15</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:23:01 EST Statin Users Show Higher BG Levels Just another reason not to take statins <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>hp?option=com_content&view=article&id=<BR>16293&catid=1&Itemid=17 Sat, 10 May 2014 12:47:46 EST Control Issues It's been a while since this Team has been actively discussing our "big deal": T1D. <BR> How are you doing balancing diet, exercise and insulin? <BR> <BR> I find that in the evening I have control issues; sometimes low blood sugars, for example, due to new exercise routines. <BR> I have talked to my healthcare team about temporary basal rates, but as spontaneous as I am, remembering to start the temp an hour before exercising is sometimes hard. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else managing? Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:12:03 EST About me being a type 1 for 30 years Ah crap! I wrote all that then edited to fix a spelling error and it disappeared. <BR> <BR> Not going to retype all that back out so I'll just say hey everyone! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:35:45 EST Who Is Using a Pump? <BR> <BR> We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity. <BR> <BR> ~Walter E. Cole <BR> <BR> <BR> I find that my infusion sets will suddenly go squirrelly and I end up going sky high before I can change out the dang thing. Really ruins my A1c readings. Other than changing it out every two to three days are there any other tips about optimum infusion set management? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:55:38 EST 29 Years with D1 but new to SP Hi there. I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I went inpatient at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN and learned the multiple injection system and I used that for years until 1995 when I went unconscious with hypo unawareness behind the wheel...thankfully no one was hurt. I agreed to go on the pump and been on it ever since then. For the last 7 years, my control has been rotten, but especially the last 4 years when I was hit with RA as well. I had a wake up call re... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:23:48 EST technical support On my ipad i'm signed in as junekupper5 my imac is how can i get it both to be juknekupper5 so they will sync with each othe Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:58:01 EST Low BG Just wondering how others out there handle low blood sugars when you are trying to lose weight. They have to be treated therefore you are adding more calories to your day. Is anyone else finding this is making it difficult to lose weight. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:20:58 EST Stopping treadmill lows Before I do 60 minutes of treadmill hill option, I eat a Fiber One bar that has 32 grams of carbs so I don't experience hypoglycemia..... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 02:16:38 EST What are your meter averages? I saw this on a diabetic site I’m on. It’s not for competition purposes. It’s to make you aware of your averages and possibly work on lowering them or keeping the streak of good numbers going. <BR> Just share your 7, 14 and 30 day averages that are on your meter right now. And check back at day 7, 14 and/or 30 with updates. <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:29:57 EST What was your last A1c level? Share your last A1c level and month/year Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:25:24 EST Daily Blood Glucose Levels If you feel comfortable, share your blood glucose levels throughout the day. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:24:32 EST Fasting Blood Glucose Levels Share your morning blood glucose levels before breakfast Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:23:34 EST Are you feeling positive today? Share a <em>48</em> if you’re feeling positive today or <em>42</em> if you’re not <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:17:50 EST Did you huddle today? Post an emoticon if you huddled in our team today! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:16:37 EST Log in Points How many points did you earn today on the wheel & the bonus wheel? <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:16:00 EST Express Yourself Using Emoticons Express yourself using emoticons <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:15:14 EST How's the weather? Share an emoticon for the weather in your area today <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:14:09 EST Monthly Goodies Check out this thread the beginning of every month to see our top three Fitness Minute leaders and our top three Spark Points leaders. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:09:05 EST Weekly Weigh In Share your weekly weigh in. No specific day of the week; whatever your own weekly weigh in day is. <BR> <BR> We weigh in every Saturday morning so I’ll be back then with my weight! <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:07:17 EST Daily Chat Stop by and say hi! A place for us to chat and keep up on each other! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:01:35 EST Shout out to our new leaders! Go team! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to take a minute to announce that we have added two new leaders to the team. I'm excited to announce that both Valerie1619 and Walshln. Both ladies answered my cry for help and are bringing a lot of energy and wisdom to the group. <BR> <BR> We have already made an unexpected connections both Valerie1619 and Walshln's daughter were diagnosed during the month of May and Walshln and I diaversaries are just 1 day apart 11/26 and 11/27. <BR> <BR> Lo... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 03:31:20 EST Team leadership Hello, <BR> <BR> Hope that all is well? I just wanted to send a quick note to see if anyone is interested in leading the team. <BR> <BR> Right now, my focus is running a local support group and speaking nationally as a patient advocate for diabetes. I just don't feel if I can dedicate as much time as I should to this group. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 00:35:02 EST Does anyone ever have one of these days?... Ever have a day when it seems like you just cannot get you blood sugar under control? I have been doing great lately, but yesterday & today I have been eating low carb, taking my insulin & my sliding scales & i just can't seem to elevate it?! <BR> <BR> please tell me i'm not alone. <BR> i'm starting to feel crappy..and it's a little nerveracking. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:44:27 EST BG peak after intense exercise Hi everyone, I'm new to this team. I've just joined SP because I am 48 years old, type 1 diabetic and I'd like to lose about 12kg (=ca 25lbs). Anyway, I have been active all my life, running mainly in long distance triathlons. I ran my last race in 2005 when I was 40, and haven't really exercised seriously since then. In that time, I piled on the 12kg I want to lose now. So, I started working out to HIIT dvds in the beginning of March and so far have lost about 3 kg. But I started to no... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:38:57 EST Help with weight loss for athletic diabetic I am 53 and have been diabetic since I turned 7. I am healthy and complication-free. Although I am fit and under good control, I find losing the 10-15 lbs I want to get rid of REALLYdifficult. I am very insulin sensitive. I am on a pump and take a total of approx. 10 units of insulin a day (bolus & basal combined) which I gather, is not a lot for a 152 lb. post-menopausal woman. I would like to know how those who've tried a very low carb diet (ala Gary Taubes?) manage to run long distances, ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:24:25 EST 46 years on insulin- healthy, not thin I am 53 and have been diabetic since I turned 7. I am healthy and relatively complication-free. Although I am fit and under good control, I find losing the 10-15 lbs I want to get rid of REALLYdifficult. I am very insulin sensitive. I am on a pump and take a total of approx. 10 units of insulin a day (bolus & basal combined) which I gather, is not alot for a 152 lb. post-menopausal woman. I would like to know how those who've tried a very low carb diet (ala Gary Taubes?) manage to run long di... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:22:04 EST Spouse of 40 year + TYpe 1 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope no one minds me 'lurking' here. <BR> <BR> My wife has had type 1 for forty years plus. <BR> We are both very active but struggle with weight control. <BR> <BR> While I tend to gain or lose a lot of weight fairly quickly, Julie has to work three times harder than me to lose even a couple pounds. She is very insulin sensitive and is on a pump. <BR> <BR> She is a member of the GLU site from which she gets some good support. <BR> I'd like to see if I can find an... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:06:52 EST Type I has changed me Hi, I just joined SparkPeople and found this team to join. I have been Type I for a decade. I was diagnosed a month after my 21st birthday, at my healthiest! It was a crushing blow to see the weight pile on throughout the years. At times my diabetes is all consuming, while other days I just want to throw my hands up and not check my sugar (I check between 4-8 times daily). It is frustrating trying every type of diet to only lose 1 pound in a month to others 30 lbs! <BR> <BR> I'm givin... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:19:23 EST 25 years I was diagnosed in my 30s after a European trip and some bug I caught between Netherlands and Scotland. Have managed ok. Use a Medtronic pump and lots of get strips. <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:31:46 EST letter game going from a-z each person will post a 'be' phrase starting with the next letter. <BR> <BR> for instance, my post is: <BR> be admirable <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> next post will be: <BR> <BR> be (b word) Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:54:12 EST Happy 2013! What is/are your new year resolution(s)? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:02:19 EST anyone have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? i started reading "living gluten free for dummies" by danna korn. it says that about 6 percent of type ones have either c.d. or g.s. <BR> i think i might have gs so any advice about going gluten free with type one would be helpful! <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:43:04 EST Price of Glucagon Hi everybody! Hope all are doing well. I have 2 topics I want to mention. <BR> <BR> apidra insulin --- The manufacturer has extended the free copay discount card to <BR> December 31, 2013. check out sanofi-aventis website <BR> <BR> Glucagon. ------- Well, I had a low hypoglycemic episode last night. I fell asleep on the couch without checking my BG first. Luckily, my daughter noticed me before going to bed. <BR> So, the glucagon brought me to consciousness fro... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:47:38 EST Type one for 12 years and still here My name is Kasey and I am 22 years old. <BR> <BR> On February 14, 2001 I entered into a 2.5 month long diabetic coma. I was very lucky to have survived. During the coma I became wheelchair bound due to a form of MD that I was diagnosed with in 1997. I have been wheelchair bound with poor fine motor skills and type one diabetic since the coma. <BR> <BR> I am so glad I found this team! <em>345</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:54:50 EST motivation to avoid burn out I just joined this site to share information on what helps other people avoid burn out and perfectionism with type 1 diabetes. I have had type 1 for 42 years, I have an insulin pump and use continuous glucose monitoring but find it is a lot of work and I want to connect with other people interested in discussing avoiding burn out. <BR> Recently I discovered a nonprofits organization called behavioral diabetes institute which is devoted to the long term emotional aspects of diabetes. I also... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:55:46 EST Cooking for Family Visitors HELP It has been a disappointing week all around. My diabetic team increased my long lasting insulin and my regular again trying to get my glucose count under control it’s still higher than it should be. Family visiting so I've been cooking for guest. Made Homemade Halloween treats plus… Everyone has favorite foods that I traditionally make when family visits and not wanting to disappoint, I made banana pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup, my homemade special Italian sausage, biscuits and sau... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 20:22:12 EST Newbie to SparkPeople, not to type1 diabetes Hello! My name is Fawn. I've been a type 1 since 07/14/1992. I'm 34 y/o and obese, but I'm hoping to change that. I started out my pregnancy (in 09/2010) at almost my heaviest weight and then gained 38 lbs, but my A1C stayed below 7/1% at its highest during my 3rd trimester. I'm at 6.9% now b/c of extreme stressors in my life (got sick in September, worried it was my heart, hubby lost his job in October, my mom has dementia and she's only 55 y/o, etc.). My son is 17 months old and I wan... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:43:00 EST Does Insulin make you gain weight? I've heard that injecting insulin can make you gain weight, I've heard it makes you loose weight. Does anyone know which is true. Or does it not effect weight at all? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:44:50 EST Glucose spiked I hate this. Count was low, so I had some winter squash with alittle brown sugar, 2 hours later count hit 262, I can't figure out what I'm doing I'm either to low or to high. I hate this I'm on lantus and Nonlog. and nither one is working out very well for me. What am I doing wrong. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:12:23 EST type 1 for 9 long years I was diagnosed with type 1 nine years ago. It has been a hard row to hoe. I am now 50 and it seems as though I am loosing ground. I am gaining weight and cant seem to get it together and loose the pounds. I am hoping eveyone will lift me up. <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:07:19 EST Going on 20 years... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been since I was 5 years old. Even though I grew up with Diabetes it seemed like no matter what I did my BG was bad. My A1C steadily went up by one point per year until I hit a 14 5 years ago. I had a sudden weight gain at age 15 and it hasn't come off since. I was so tired of trying so hard for my BG and A1C to go down that I gave up. I didn't stick to any type of diet and after HS I quit exercising. Nothing seemed to make a difference... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:52:18 EST What snacks do you eat when you're low before bed? What snacks do you eat when you're too low to go to bed? <BR> <BR> What sorts of carb/protein combos do you folks eat if you need something before bed? I'm looking for some new suggestions. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 16:03:35 EST Bedtime/ ighttime Lows Hey folks, <BR> <BR> Just searched out this team to join to specifically ask this question. What snacks do you eat when you're too low to go to bed? Last night I was 80, so I had 3 glucose tabs and a glass of milk. Half an hour later I was 77 (and annoyed), so I ate half a pb&j sandwich and turned my pump to 0% basal for an hour. Waited a bit, checked - 108, so I went to bed. Then I woke up at 4:30am (why I'm awake now) with a bg of 47. Drank some oj and had another half a pb&j sandwich. <BR... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:53:37 EST newly diagnosed Hi there. I am searching for some information and guidence from others with type 2. I was just diagnosed today with it. Any information or where is good to get info would be helpful. Also what meters and strips are the cheapest and are good at the same time? I have no insurance and dont know where to begin. Thanks for all of your help in advance. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:12:53 EST Hello Sorry I haven't been keeping up with this group. I have actually been working on a Diabetes project. I'm writing late as this will be brief. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in co-leadership? I haven't even had time to pass out goodies this month. :( <BR> <BR> Just curious, how long have you had Diabetes? I'm always interested in knowing how many years I can look forward to living with Diabetes. -Love hearing stories of those who has been managing their Diabetes for 25+ years. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:53:15 EST Paleolithic Diet is Perfect for us! A friend sent me some information on this diet and at first I thought she was loony but after eating this way for the last 2 months my A1C is almost in range (7.1) down from 9.2. Its the easiest thing I've ever done and I'm feeling so amazing I had to tell you all to check it out. I have another friend who's Type 1 and she's loving it as well. the first few weeks are rough because of the shift in insulin requirements but I wear a pump so I just had to keep adjusting the Basil...still worki... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:26:30 EST GROUP QUESTION Good Evening Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a question for the group... Does any of you ever feel like i am right now and what did you do about it? <BR> <BR> OK, here's the deal..........I'm 63 years old and been diabetic longer then I care to think and I'm sick of being diabetic....... I'm sick of insulin, sick of eating poorly, (lately), I'm sick of sticking myself, I'm sick of having to watch every bite I put in my mouth. I'm sick of feeling like dirt, I'm sick of exercise to keep weight ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 20:56:27 EST What's Your A1C? I just thought it would be interesting to start a thread on our A1Cs and see what people do to maintain good A1Cs. What's your goal A1C? What are your eating/exercising habits like? My A1C is currently 6.7. I would love to get it under 6 and have beeing on a low carb/primal diet for a couple of months now. I'm ironing out my basal rates and adjustments for exericse, stressful times, etc. so that I will hopefully see a much better number on my next endo visit! Tue, 15 May 2012 10:55:45 EST Some good tips on exercise and insulin.<BR>5/5-things-you-might-not-know-about-di<BR>abetes-exercise/ Tue, 15 May 2012 00:23:31 EST When to decrease your basal insulin? I'm starting to have frequent lows. How do you decide when to decrease your basal and by how much? Do you only do it with your doc's guidance? Sat, 5 May 2012 14:57:31 EST How is everyone? I don't know why ,but this team seems to be the one I am most interested in. I don't define myself with diabetes, but it does impact my life. <BR> <BR> I am doing ok not really losing weight but feeling so much better with all the exercise. My A1c was better last check, so I guess that is good. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:46:01 EST Why would anyone want ketones on purpose? Have you heard of the "keto diet" yet? Short for ketogeneic, its a form of low carb diet that focuses on heavy fat intake and few proteins, (instead of the other low carbs with a high protein focus) and you know you're doing it right when you get purple ketones. It was originally developed as a treatment for epilepsy, but you can read more about that here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyhow.... as a long-standing member of the Diabetes Club (type 1 for 21 ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:53:02 EST Yay, so glad to find others like me! I have been on spark people for 1 week and just found this group. I kind of got choked up, I am so relieved to find other type 1 diabetics. <BR> I have had diabetes for 15 years. I have been pumping for 4 years. I have always kind of done this thing on my own. I haven't lost any weight yet, but I feel much better and I have been dropping my basal like crazy because I have been exercising so much more. I have always had difficulty losing weight, but something encouraged me recently. A knowled... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:52:46 EST Type 1 for 48 years Hi, my name is Pat and I'm a type 1 diabetic since 1963. I've been on a pump for 8 years and find it helps control my diabetes. I'm glad I found this group and hope to learn from others. I have 50 pounds to lose and finding it extremely difficult to cut my calories, exercise and keep my blood sugar in check. I've recently joined Weight Watchers and have lost 2 1/2 pounds so far but having lots of lows and highs. It's a difficult balancing act! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:55:41 EST what do you do when you get low blood sugar sometimes I eat way to much. I feel like I can't get enough food Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:36:51 EST February 2012 check in February 2012 check in Thu, 9 Feb 2012 01:38:36 EST When Taking Care of Yourself Gets EXPENSIVE!!! So, I am going to the doctor tomorrow, and I have started to see some better numbers. I have dropped my long acting insulin at night, I think that is helping. I don't think I am headed to the hospital now...AND I am two more lbs down. Some great motivation to start a new week. I am a little bummed out because I was thinking I might be able to get prescriptions for my medications and my strips, but I use generic versions and someone told me docs won't prescribe generics for diabetic products, ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:39:30 EST diabetic retinopathy I have been a type 1 diabetic for a long time. I have been so lucky, having only gastroparesis. Last September, I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy and have to have eye injections. Even though they don't hurt that much, I just HATE getting them. I know the consequences if I don't get them. I just need a little encouragement. Thank you for listening. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 17:22:59 EST Type 1 for 43 years Hello! <BR> So glad to find a Type 1 group! I was diagnosed at age 10 and have struggled with my weight my whole life. I had been the same weight for many years until I started on anti-depressants. Now, I've gained 10 pounds, and I'm determined to lose at least 20. I'm more than 40 pounds overweight, but that number is too overwhelming for me! I have a diabetic complication called charcot foot, so it can be difficult for me to walk too much. I've started using an exercise bike at least 3 time... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:04:53 EST Hello/My diabetes story Hi, I am new to sparkppl and kind of new to this whole discussions thing. I am 21 and have had type 1 diabetes for 20 years. I was raised to never let this disease control my life but recently it has felt more like my own personal ball and chain. Over the last 6 months or so, I kind of let go of things, stopped exercising and watching my diet and it really screwed things up. I love to exercise but as many of you probably know, that is complicated by diabetes. My favorite exercises are running... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:47:27 EST new to the group but not diabetes Hi I have had diabetes for 20 years. I use a pump and have about +50 pounds to loose. I have gained and lost weight over the years but since I hit 50 I only watch the scale go up. I am flabby, out of shape and can be unmotivated. I am hoping that sp will help. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:40:30 EST An old Type 1 pro, but new team member I've logged 32 years of Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed at the age of 17 just before my highschool graduation. It's been a long, sometimes pain-filled road, but self-education helped. I'm not new to SP, though, because in 1999 I was also diagnosed with Grave's Disease (hypo-thyroid), and I recently joined the SP Thyroid Community, and an getting great info there. <BR> Having just turned 50, and realizing I need to step-up again to stay healthy, I'm hoping this community will also help me stay inf... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:39:16 EST 2012 Challenges Have any ideas? Please post here. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:47:10 EST FREE INSULIN - Apidra Hello, <BR> <BR> As usual it's late and I'm posting sleepy time notes. But I just wanted to share what I think is one of the best things that has happened in my D-Life. FREE, yes FREE insulin. If you are on insulin -you may want to check this program out. It has save me a lot of money and best piece, my blood sugar readings are close to perfect. I'm on the pump, but I just find that I have good readings and use less insulin. Check it out, hopefully my posting to help someone on their ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 01:21:55 EST Survey for a research project I found this posting on another website, and I thought I should spread the word for the person who posted it! I've been the person trying to survey people in order to do some sort of class project before, and I appreciate how hard it can be... This is completely anonymous, and only takes a few minutes! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The original post: "hi guys, my name is ash. I am researching diabetes at school in particular ' how diabetes affects an individu... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:22:19 EST type one and gout Do anyof the type ones out there have experience with gout as well? I was diagnosed about two weeks ago, after the first major, typical, flare. The doctor started meds, and I see him in a couple more weeks. <BR> <BR> But---for years I have had neuralgic problems in my feet that are atypical for both diabetes (started shen my blood glucose was in normal range, and they tell me it has never been far enough out of range to cause the typical neuropathy in the feet) and gout (other than the one... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:10:30 EST New to the Forum Hi everyone! I just joined SP a few days ago and am really liking it. I'm glad I found a type 1 diabetics forum. I feel like having type 1 diabetes has been a big obstacle in me losing weight or seeing results. Does anyone know why this is? It's very frustrating to see other people losing weight so easily and me struggling. Anyway, I need to stick with the plan this time and will hopefully start to see results soon. As far as diabetes, I was diagnosed 23 years ago. My sister also has ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:09:03 EST Hiya Hi Folks. I am mostly going to be a lurker because I am doing okay on my diet right now. It is just finding more ideas on how to keep my husband, who has Type 1 diabetes, on board. The dude is 6'7", and has a huge frame, so he needs to keep up about 70 carbs per meal. So, eating a salad each night doesn't really work out. I don't really have an easy go-to menu and it has been 3 years since he was diagnosed. So, here I am lurking to see if I can find any hints. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 23:24:27 EST It's Time for a Change! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristen, I am 23, have a 20 month old son, recently got married to my best friend and am looking to make some changes to my life! <BR> <BR> I have been diabetic for four years now and have had many ups and downs over that time. Right now I am sitting in the middle. My sugars are up (A1C was 11% back in July - last time it was checked) but I am seeing my doctor and deititians to help get everything sorted and into a healthier range because hubby and I want a... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:21:28 EST I'm on a journey to a healthier lifestyle Hello, my name is Amy. I'm 30 years old and have had type 1 diabetes for 18 years. I've never really had great control. I've never met anyone who has type 1, like me. I know there are millions who have it, but sometimes I feel like the only one. And because I'm not around people that have it, I've developed a habit where I eat like I don't have it. I'll just take extra insulin to cover it, but I'm now realizing that extra insulin isn't healthy. <BR> I'm on a journey to a "healthier lifestyle... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:11:18 EST What do you do to handle stress? When life gets you down, how do you get back up? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 01:14:09 EST What's going on in your world? Do you have a victory to report? --Or maybe you need a hug....just let us know and we will be there for support! <em>220</em> <em>223</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 01:13:07 EST hypoglycemia and food tracker When becoming hypoglycemic, do you add that food to your food tracker? Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:43:31 EST Excited to begin my transformation! Hello! My name is Kerry and I joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. I am determined to work towards (in no particular order): 1) Losing the 20 lbs I have gained over the past two years; 2) Actually adding some tone and definition to my body; 3) Becoming more healthy, which will help with overall management of Type I Diabetes; 4) Accepting myself for who I am and how I look! <BR> <BR> I really love this website and look forward to communicating with individuals with similar goals and stru... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:28:42 EST FYI -New Spark Diabetes Info Hello Team! A few weeks ago we announced the official launch of our Spark*D diabetes-management program. <BR> blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42 <BR> 51101 <BR> You may already be in this program, but be sure to check your settings on the Condition Program Settings Page <BR> condition-settings.asp and be sure you have joined this great program and tool. There, you'll also see that we've added a special program and weekly newslet... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:41:59 EST type 1 and pregnancy i'm new to the group. i've had type 1 for about 13 years, and have recently decided my husband and i would like to have a baby. i was wondering if there was anyone out there that has gone through a pregnancy with type1 and what things i should prepare for... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 23:02:51 EST Hello Hi there! I am a 35 year old type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed at age 5. I have 3 children and my youngest also has type 1-was diagnosed at 3 months of age. I really want to lose weight. It is so hard with emotional factors regarding food though! I do exercise often and have great blood sugars, I just eat too much. My doctor suggested trying Symlin. Are any of you using that? I found that it did make me full quickly but that my blood sugars would go really high a few hours after eatin... Mon, 30 May 2011 22:50:36 EST Hello Everyone. I'm new to team. My name is Ron Hello all. My name is Ron and I have type 1. I was diagnosed at the age of 12 and have now been insulin dependent for 26 years. My average A1C is between 5.1 & 5.3 in which I am proud of. I only take about 2 or 3 units of Novolog per meal as I eat very good thanks to Spark diet. I am a single father of a wonderful 7 year old angel (little girl). <BR> I don't know anyone on here but would like to get to. <BR> <BR> Ron Sat, 21 May 2011 02:21:16 EST Proud (Earn a Spark Goodie) Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It's been a while and I'm trying to stay in touch with everyone, but sometimes life just happen... typical of a type 1 right? <BR> <BR> Well, I noticed that we have Goodie points just going to waste each month and wanted to spread the love and cheer. <BR> <BR> So if you have some wonderful news to share, let us know -so we can cheer you on. <BR> <BR> Lost a few pounds... <BR> A1C decreased <BR> New Addition to the Family? <BR> Met a personal goal <BR> ETC... Sat, 21 May 2011 02:04:02 EST Hello *waves* Hello fellow diabetics <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> New here. <BR> My name is Jessica. I'm 21. Type 1 since November 26th 1999. <BR> Living in Newfoundland. <BR> <BR> I used to be awesome at controlling my diabetes. When I was pregnant I had the perfect A1C and blood sugar readings. Since I had my child (in Dec. 2008) My diabetes seems to have went down hill. And so did my weight. I am at my heaviest weight EVER! A whopping 190lbs! <BR> <BR> I would like to be active in this group and look for... Thu, 19 May 2011 13:23:20 EST Hi, Everyone I started my diet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 and I have already loss 7 pounds, I think not eating so much is the big part of why I gained weight. Now I eat one serving instead of two and that has really helped. The only thing I am having a problem with is with drinking water, as soon as I drink it I run right to the bathroom so I am drinking sugar free drink mix, my doctor said that was okay, but I am wondering if I should still try to drink plain water or what I am not sure. Sun, 15 May 2011 16:22:55 EST Today is my anniversary! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 19 years ago today. <BR> <BR> I'm happy, healthy and don't have a single complication. I'm thankful I've got a disease that encourages me to take better care of myself. <BR> <BR> I'm tackling my final personal dissatisfaction, which is my weight. I've lost nearly 20 pounds since mid-February. I'm on a journey to finally shed the pounds that I've been struggling with for the last several years and the tool I'm using is the Medifast diet. While a few more ... Thu, 5 May 2011 13:58:40 EST New to the team, but not to Diabetes Hello everyone! I am new to this site, but was referred by a good friend. I've been dealing with type 1 Diabetes for almost 9 years. I was diagnosed when I was 20, but it onset while I was 19. I am 28 now. It has been a rough few years, as I am sure everyone here knows all about that. What I would like to gain from being apart of this team is knowledge and to be able to provide my experience to help others as well. Also, I would like to know how everyone handles trying to lose weight dealing ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:35:02 EST Dr. Bernstein's book - protein question Hey everyone - <BR> <BR> I recently read through Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution and am IN LOVE. <link><BR>s-Solution-Achieving/dp/0316167169/ref<BR>=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300823488&sr=8-1 </link> (get it from the library now, but check out the new edition coming out this fall) <BR> <BR> He talks about covering protein with insulin and I've done the calculations as an Apidra pumper. I think I need 1 unit to cover 12g of carbohydrates and 1 unit per 2.3 ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:56:26 EST A1C 5.9 not good? I went to have my yearly checkup done this morning and the nurse practitioner asked me what was my last A1C results? I was so excited to tell her that it was 5.9 and she was not happy about it. She just looked at me and said "Wow, that is not good at all and you really need to work on getting it lower" What???? Roz Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:55:26 EST New to the Team Hi there! My name is Kristina and I was diagnosed with Type 1 not quite 4 years ago. I am 38 yrs old. I am an RN on a NeuroTele unit. Ugh I always wondered why my patients were so noncompliant, now I am one of them....Im tired of it, Im not sure where I am going with all of this. I am scared because when I wake up in the morning with a blood sugar of 500 (yeah, its all behavorial) I am far from a panic...I do not react the way I should....I know the results of my type of noncompliance but I ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:34:42 EST Exercise and sudden low sugar readings Hi, my name is Barbara and I am type 1 - insulin dependent. I have been walking for the last 8 months and I've lost 24 pounds. I would like to lose around 50 more. I just started strength training with my walking and found that my energy is low and my sugar is suddenly dropping (twice in the past 4 days) when I walk or do strenghth training. Any suggestions. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:09:35 EST Hi :0) Hello fellow Diabetics! I'm not new at all to Spark People but have initiated a new membership in an effort to focus solely on losing weight before my next half marathon. I managed to keep my BG between 168 and 116 during my last race (which was Feb 27th) but was eating life savers by the dozen by mile marker 6...yeah...and my BG was 168 at the start of the race and the highest I got during was 122!!! I need advice on keeping my BG up during 13.1 miles and how to balance that with not carr... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 21:01:06 EST Diet Soda, Aspartame . . . bad for you? I have heard conflicting answers on if diet soda is bad for you. I have heard that aspartame was rejected by the FDA 27 times before approved! What have your dieticians told you? Should we avoid sugar substitutes when possible? Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:49:21 EST I'm Stuck For the past month I haven't lost any weight, I stay with in my cal. and everything else but no weight is coming off. The best thing is my A1C went from 9 to 6.9. I can't exercise due to bad back. Any Advise, Thanks Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:52:12 EST so glad i found this group!! Hi everyone!! <BR> My name is Amber and I'm a 24 year old type 1 diabetic since age 8. I went thru what my doctor says is now called diabulimia as a teenager so I know all about dka and self imposed high a1c. When I started college I tried to get healthy and back under good control but quickly lost motivation until I got pregnant with my now almost three year old son. I had an a1c in the 7s my whole pregnancy but as soon as he was born my glucose levels got difficult to control again an... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:02:47 EST Newbie Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this group. I am 30 years old and been Type 1 for 20 years. I have had my mini-med pump for 3 years now. I have always struggled to control my numbers, though not for a lack of trying. I am hoping to get some great ideas and motivation here! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:53:20 EST *waves to crowd* Hi! <BR> <BR> I am a type 1 diabetic, and I have been one for about 18 years. I was diagnosed at age 10, and my blood sugar was 1,378. <BR> <BR> I've always had challenges when I want to lose weight, because I tend to get low blood sugar because I'm eating less carbs. <BR> <BR> I am an insulin pump user and started in 2005. I do have a continuous glucose monitor, but I don't use it as frequently. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some fellow Type 1's! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 21:01:19 EST New To Team and New to Type ! I'd like to quickly introduce myself. My name is Cee (very short for Christine) and I have adult on-set Type I. It's a long story but I also have Lyme Disease and it was undiagnosed for 25 years and my pancreas is one of the organs that Lyme has attacked. I've been on insulin now for just over a year and getting the hang of it all. <BR> <BR> I don't know anyone with Type 1 and would like to get to know some people. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:16:21 EST just joined team Hi <BR> <BR> I joined this team to learn more about what it's like to live with type 1 diabetes. I am a RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, and work with people with type 1, insulin pumps and sensors every day. But I don't have diabetes. I'm hoping to learn from everyone on this team, so I can be a better coach for the people I work with every day. <BR> <BR> If you haven't read this book yet, read Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE. I've learned SO much from it. Gary is an exe... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:08:45 EST Hello I'm new and I look forward to interacting with all of you. I'm pursuing a more healthy lifestyle and I think this is the place for me. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:04:38 EST Hello from Northeast GA! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Darlene. I am 45 years old, have had Type I Diabetes for just shy of 31 years. I have been an Animas Insulin pumper for cumulatively 9 years. <BR> <BR> I have a love/hate relationship with my pump. I love the flexibility it allows, and that I don't have as many lows anymore, but I hate the expense and wearing it. <BR> <BR> Being a "seasoned" Type I and a "marinating" female, I find I'm experiencing alot of changes in my body related to age (i.e., wei... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:42:15 EST Having T1 and Winning the Amazing Race "Most people don’t know a lot about type 1 diabetes. They think of their uncle who’s not supposed to eat cake." - Nat Strand <BR> <BR> The quote is from a fantastic, inspirational interview with the latest winner of the CBS show, The Amazing Race. I think she would be a terrific spokesperson for T1. Hopefully the ADA hires her for ads or something! Personally, I'm tired of Bret Michaels. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-race-winner-nat-strand-breakin... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:07:13 EST Statins I'm curious as to how many of us take Statins (cholesterol lowering meds)?? I was part of a small group session w/ a cardiologist today, and it really changed my thinking on this topic. Up until this point, I've not been a fan of adding a statin to my regimen, as my overall cholesterol profile is decent. But after today, I am reconsidering that. As a diabetic woman I am apparently 4 to 8 times more likely to develop coronary artery disease than the general popluation. And 50% of the gener... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 19:07:45 EST need help with type 1 diabetes and carb ideas any one on the message board to help with carbs and diet plans for type ones i need help. I am a 32 year old mother of two just started insulin and have no insurance. HELP!!!!! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:02:00 EST What has having diabetes taught you? I've had adult onset Type 1 for almost 11 years, and for much of the time, I've suffered because of it. In 2010 I decided to take a different attitude. What can I learn from diabetes? I'll never be glad I have it, but it has taught me something. <BR> <BR> This past year, what I learned was to deal with the present and not think about the past, not judge the # on the meter, not project into the future...It has made diabetes self management easier because I'm not constantly telling myself, "Y... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:11:24 EST Newly diagnosed Type-1 I am not new to SparkPeople, but I *am* new to having Type 1 Diabetes! I was diagnosed this summer at the age of 23 (I got to find out the fun way, via a surprise diabetic coma and 5-day stay in the ICU). <BR> I have been working on losing weight/generally getting healthy for about a year and a half now. I've lost about 40 lbs in that time, but this diabetes diagnosis has lit a fire underneath me to really work on getting healthy. I plan to start trying to get pregnant this coming July, ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:36:48 EST My husband has Type1. Hi my name is Summer. My husband is Type 1. He is 33 and has had a kidney tranplant and lost his right eye and most of his vision in his left. I met him over 4 years ago and we just got married in August. His BS are all over the place. I can't get him to see that he is destroying himself and its killing my heart. So Im going to start entering his food intake. Is there a way to also track his insulin and bloodsugars as well? I would really appreciate the input/guidence. <BR> Thank You, <BR> S... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:36:16 EST Hey there! well I am certainly new to this but Its time to make some here I am! Ive been a type one diabetic since March 13, 1993. I am currently on the Animas Ping and the Dexcom continuous monitor. I joined Spark because I want to be healthier and more comfortable and hopefully get a better handle on my diabetes <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:32:07 EST 2010 Accomplishments It's official, just a bit of a week to go and we will wrap up 2010. Were there any accomplishments in 2010 that you would like to celebrate? Please share, good news is always welcomed! <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 06:30:09 EST Type 1 diabetic is a winner of the AMAZING RACE! For those who haven't heard, Nat Stand and Kat Chang (both doctors) became the first all female team to win the Amazing Race! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Even cooler: Nat (31) has lived with diabetes for 20 years! Check out this clip! <link> </link> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:11:39 EST Reproductive parts temporarily cure diabetes <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=647310 </link> <BR> <BR> So maybe I'm a little slow, but I was reading the article and thinking that I must have missed the part where both genders have enough parts of both reproductive systems to pull this off... then at the very bottom it says this is only for men. Duh (in retrospect). <BR> Obviously, I don't know a lot about biology, but it would seem to me that eggs should be able to do the same thing, so even ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:20:06 EST Howdy Im a type 1 diabetic and on a pump for over 20 years. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 15:30:32 EST What happened? Insulin Pumpers! I've only been on the pump since August, still working on it. Yesterday my blood sugar was in the 500's range. I thought it was because I ate a cookie, and forgot to bolus. My BS stayed there and began to get higher, after bolusing twice. My husband asked if there was a kink in the tubing- and sure enough there was-the tubing was changed and an injection of insulin was taken. I then went to temp basal and raise my insulin intake to a 125% I had set the temp basal for 2 hrs. At midnight... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:43:53 EST HELLO! Hey everyone, I am a 28 year old Type 1 diabetic. I've been living with diabetes for exactly 20 years now. I have joined to try to lose some weight. I have really struggled in recent months with low blood sugar levels hours after a hard work out and I'm really trying to avoid those moving forward. Any tips? Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:24:52 EST Hello, I'm new to the team! Hi, my name is Roxie and I've been Type 1 for 5 years. I'm always looking for groups to join, cuz it just isn't the same talking with people who are Type 2. There are some similarities, but only WE would understand exactly what it is we're talking about and going through. <BR> Thank you for starting this team, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:40:58 EST Blood Glucose Logging Challenge 9/12 ~ 9/18 The challenge is to log your blood glucose readings, insulin doses, carb counts and/or anything else that gives you good info about managing your diabetes -- for one week. No guilt over your numbers is allowed. Just log it, leave it, and learn from it. <BR> <BR> This came about as a result of Allison and I discussing our mental hangups in logging our blood glucose readings. She issued a challenge to do this, and we wanted to see if there are any others who want to join us. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:52:38 EST Autopilot vs. Logging I have an ongoing mental battle with logging, and just wondered if this resonates with anyone else, and how you have overcome it. Whether it is blood sugar or food, I seem to only be able to keep up logging for a few weeks at a time. Then I begin to resent it and it becomes such a mental chore so I stop alltogether (where I am at the moment). I don't go wild with eating, but my consumption gradually creeps up when I don't log, and that + my middle aged metabolism is not a good combo. My b... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:02:21 EST Introduction! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just joined this team and have to say I love how supportive everyone is! <BR> <BR> I'm on an insulin pump, which has stabilised my sugars immensely, I've got about 8kg to lose, not too much, but I find that the amount of insulin I'm on seems to make weight loss hard. I went to the gym 6 times last week, ate barely 80g of carbohydrate a day, and whammo! Still battling highs, still having to dial up large amounts of insulin and NO weight lost AT ALL!! Anyone else ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:35:38 EST The diabetes program? Hello...I am getting a little frustrated with myself because I was exploring different avenues within the site and I got off of the diabetes management program. I have lost my blood sugar tracker. Does any one know how to get back to having diabetes in this program? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:01:30 EST Hello Living a very busy lifestyle in which I don't generally make time for myself or proper meals. So heres to making an effort and trying something new. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:56:24 EST low sugars and binging - help! I'm usually good about eating in my calorie range but when I get low (which happens here and there but at least a couple of times per week) I end up BINGING! I just want to eat until I feel better. I start with good stuff and end up eating crap like ice cream to round it all off. <BR> <BR> What do you eat for lows? How do you manage them? <BR> <BR> My doctor said I need to eat a protein along with the carb but I don't know if I really need to. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:43:45 EST 3 year old recently diagnosed Hello, I've been a member of Spark for about a year now and it has been wonderful. Back in March 2010 my 3 year old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was in the ICU for 3 days and in the hospital for an extra 2 days. It has been a dificult struggle to learn and take care of her while taking care of my other 2 children. I'm posting here to see if this can be an extra support for me and maybe I can help other type 1 diabetics with what I've learned. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:15:13 EST Hello... I have been a diabetic since 2000... Having Type 1 diabetes isn't always easy so I am looking forward to talking to others with similar issues. Hope everyone is doing well <em>414</em> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 01:52:25 EST hey guys long time no talk lol Okay I know I am the team leader here and I have def. neglected you all in the last couple months as work and college and my new neice who was just dx'ed with type one just like her mom and I. She is 2 and we caught it ahead of time so she is well she is starting the minimed revel and CGM this week which I beleive will be easier on her with less needle sticks. College is killing me slowly lol I am working on my NP degree right now since I got my BA in RN in dec of last yr. Still working as a ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:57:50 EST Hi Guys My name is Vicki. I am almost 31 (next week). I have Type 1 diabetes and have been for about 24 years now. I have been using a pump for about 6 years or so. I def. like it better than taking all the shots I was taking before that. I have been married for 10 years to my wonderful husband and we have a beautiful little girl who is 5 years old and will start kindergarden in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get my sugars under better control and lose weight so I can feel better. I need to lose... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:49:42 EST Long-timer looking for motivation. Hi there! Glad to find this page!! I am a T1 diabetic and have been for 42 years now! Although it's a struggle sometimes, it's gotten much easier over the years with all of the advances made. Luckily, I am rather a rather healthy T1 of that many years!! <BR> I was in GREAT shape just a few years ago, but it slipped away from me because of work stress AND home stress. Work is still stressful, but home is better. Now that I have gotten away from working out, it's so hard to get back to it!! I'... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 18:05:13 EST Hi Guys! Hi guys! Have recently joined sparkspeople and added this team today. I am 20 years old and I am constantly trying to lose weight.. have been exercising since March this year and have not shed a kilo... more like put on 6! It's very frustrating but reading this forum has enlightened me to the fact that I'm not alone! So glad I joined sparks! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:53:31 EST Take Your Daily Vitamin(s) Challenge: 7/26 - 8/1 I know I need to take my daily vitamin. I have a bottle of daily vitamins. I feel better when I take my daily vitamin. So WHY do I forget to take my daily vitamin, almost daily??? <BR> I challenge all you vitamin forgeters to remember (and yes actually take it) this week! I'm sure if we do an entire week we will create a habit that will benefit us. <BR> I'm going to place mine on the table where I usually eat so I see it every time I sit there. I'm sure there will be times it gets in m... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:28:06 EST Howdy Do........ Hello......I'm new to this forum. Type 1 diabetes for me at age 40....that was a weird turn of events! It has been 13 years now & quite an education. It is a daily journey that constantly changes. Happy to join you & learn from your experiences. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:29:11 EST Rest Days I'm training for a 1/2 marathon (my 3rd), and took a total rest day from exercise and logging my food on Wednesday. This was my first rest day in over 3 wks. My body and mind needed it. Then yesterday, I only walked the dog for 3 miles since I had a big work deadline. Granted, I also did not watch my diet as carefully, but didn't go nuts either and bolused for what I did eat based on my normal ratios. Both days I was fighting high BG's all day, and then I woke up today to a lovely (not) ... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:28:12 EST Hello I've always been a little fearful of joining these kinds of things because I'm usually looking for answers rather than providing them. Today it occurs to me that this is probably exactly the reason I should join. Who knows maybe some day I can pass along some good advice, but until then I should get what I can from whomever/wherever I can. <BR> I've been a type 1 diabetic for over 20 years. I am currently a pump user. I always have difficulty with BG control when exercising. Sometimes th... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 17:27:01 EST son just diagnosed hi, we're totally new to this. anybody have any advice, we'll take it. my son is 11, and an athlete. <BR> thanks, <BR> kathy <em>304</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:57:47 EST Using Apidra Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on Humalog (or Novolog, occasionally) for a long, long time (pumping for 13 years) and on Sunday I just started Apidra. I was okay for a day and now I'm having lots of lows but still some highs, as well. I just lowered my basal a bit last night to see what happens. <BR> <BR> Anyone else use this stuff? What has your experience been? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Allison Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:58:42 EST Anyone else not using a pump, insulin, or meds? I know it's fairly atypical of Type I diabetics, but at present I do not use any prescribed treatment for my Type I Diabetes. I was diagnosed in February of 2009, and used insulin for a few months when my bs stared testing normally without insulin. Now I test my bs regularly, and typically I'm in the normal range. I do have to use insulin every once in a while (less than once a month) if I'm eating a higher carb meal(more that is 60+ grams of carbs). I rarely eat meals higher than 45 g carbs.... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:53:15 EST Eating Habits and Schedules <BR> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:31:25 EST Hello? Hello fellow type 1's. I really need some motivational help in getting my blood sugars back on track. <BR> Anyone have myspace that would like to chat about diabetes. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:24:40 EST Anyone use the Animas One Touch Ping pump? Hi everyone, again! Just wondering if anyone out there uses the Animas One Touch Ping insulin pump? How do you like? How is the customer support? How does it compare to other pumps if you've used multiple types? <BR> Thanks for all your help!! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 19:00:10 EST OmniPod verse Minimed Hi Team! I am currently looking into getting an insulin pump (yay!) and I'm doing some research on a couple different pumps. Does anyone use the OmniPod? How about the minimed? Both? Which do you like better and why? I like the technology of the tubeless pump, but the traditional ones seem more "flexible" for everyday life. Opinions? <BR> Thank you in advance for your assistance!! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:37:51 EST Surprised by A1c today Ok, I hate to admit this but I am a CDE and I work in a diabetes center. I knew I had been struggling with my BG's for a couple of weeks....crazy numbers that I wasn't used to seeing. Well, 2 weeks ago, I pulled the skin off my pump to see not 1, but 3 splinter cracks right where the motor was. Today, I thought I'll check my A1c just to see how it was going since I replaced the broken pump with a new one. Grrrr! It was a full percent higher than my last; and it was the highest I have had... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:33:31 EST Its not all about me after all So just a fair warning before you start reading, this one's long and there's not a happy ending.... <BR> <BR> Last winter our local ADA office position (its an office of 1) opened up, and my BF of 8 years (some rockier than others) applied and was given the job. I was pretty excited for a few reasons, not the least of which was because it made me feel so important and cared-for: he felt so strongly about my health that he decided to not just donate once a year, and not just to go for a bike ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 06:34:21 EST Snapple? Has anyone tried the new Snapple that benefits the ADA? It's that one from the Apprentice. My hubby thinks it's called "Tropi-Rocka". I want to find it but does anyone know if it's any good? Mon, 31 May 2010 20:30:49 EST Little Judge and Jury Here's the thing...I have recently been told by my doctor and dentist (I grind my teeth) that I should look into treating my anxiety symptoms. Only thing is I don't really feel like I am an anxious person. But I go along with the suggestion and really start to focus on my feelings and my breathing and tension in my muscles and really working to figure out what causes this mild but continuous underlying worry. And you know what? I think I may be on to something! <BR> <BR> As a diabetic you g... Sun, 30 May 2010 16:05:28 EST Tour of California has Type 1 Pro Cyclists! I love to watch professional cycling and I'm so excited that the Tour of California is starting this weekend. I will be watching the guys race on Saturday. :-) <BR> <BR> Did you know that there is a professional cycling team called Team Type 1? Not all, but some of the professional cyclists on the team are type 1 diabetics! It really inspires me to know that these professional athletes competing at the top of their game in an endurance sport are type 1s. If they can go out and race over ... Thu, 13 May 2010 13:17:58 EST I got's a blog people come check it out So yeah a blog but it is great. It is about soccer, living with diabetes and my EMS work. This week is diabetes blog week and we all blog on the same topic on the same day. yesterday was "a day in the life of a diabetic" and today's is "making the low go" so come by and check it out. I started it as like an online journal but now I am finding it is being read. who know my life is read worthy?! lol here is the link <BR> <BR> <link>soccercollegeworkanddiabetes.blogspo<BR> </link> Tue, 11 May 2010 13:12:29 EST New glucometer can someone help??? So now I am using the new Freestyle lite glucometer. My hubby was nice enough to set it up since I don't feel 100% well from being sick. What kinds of things can people tell me about this new machine? Why is it so special? I don't have a choice but to use this brand since my insurance wants to make this the non premium brand. I still have co pays but not as high. Help me learn please!! Tue, 11 May 2010 09:09:13 EST Stress and blood sugars Am I the only one in my life that thinks realistically what stress does to my life??? Am I the only one who cares? This is what I feel today and I am at a loss. I don't know what to do anymore with things, with life. <BR> Life is like a bowl of cherries sometimes you are swimming in the pit always trying to get to the juicy center, others you are swimming through the pool of juicy and living high and happy. Sigh. Not in the juice today. In a bad situation and I don't know what to do. I ... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:01:30 EST how many BG checks per day? As I've gotten older I've checked my blood sugar more regularly, but since I've been losing weight I feel like I'm always going up or down and never am right where I should be. Recently I've been testing 10 to 15 times per day and I don't mind, I just hate that I can't get perfect blood sugars. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about upgrading to a CGM pump (Minimed Revol I think?) soon and this is definitely one reason why. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? How often do YOU test?! Wed, 5 May 2010 01:55:31 EST First DKA in 12 years I've been in decent control for quite sometime, but last week I spiralled out of control and could not get my sugar below 400 for about 36 hours. I was pumping and injecting. I finally entered DKA and spent 2 days in ICU. I'm feeling so much better, though a little week from all the dehydration. I didn't have an infection and have no clue what happened. I haven't been in DKA in 12 years, so I was surprised. Anyone have this problem recently? Mon, 3 May 2010 10:58:00 EST Just joined today! Hello! I'm trying something new with this group. I've had type 1 for nearly 18 years and wear an insulin pump. While my control has been great, dealing with some peri-menopause issues is starting to make things wacky. Weight gain has become a huge (no pun intended!) issue for me and I'm needing to make some changes. I've successfully lost a significant amount of weight with an ultra low carb diet but haven't been able to maintain either the loss or the food plan. I still keep carbs to a minim... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:10:40 EST Heyyyyy all Number 1s! I've been Type I diabetic for approx. 28 years now. I've had great control up until the last 8 months, or so. Recently my sugars have been all over the place (mostly highs)! Which is really quite ironic, considering since joining SparkPeople about 1.5 years ago, I've been very successful at my weight loss efforts, and feel that, other than my diabetes, I'm the healthiest I've ever been in my adult life. <BR> <BR> Since I've had good control most of my 28 years diabetic, I really haven't c... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:57:24 EST I'm so frustrated!!! I have been exercising almost daily for over a month now, but haven't really lost any weight. At first, I saw my energy improve and was ok with no change on the scale because I knew my health was improving. But now I'm just so frustrated! I find myself getting angry when I "waste" so much time tracking my food. I hate to exercise to begin with, so I procrastinate and get mad at myself for that, then when I do exercise, half the time I'm angry because I'm busting my butt "for no reason". ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 08:59:26 EST New to this group! Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been Type 1 for over 26 years, and use a Minimed insulin pump with a CGSM for control. I am tired of having extra weight, so I joined SparkPeople a little over a year ago! <BR> I've signed up for my first Diabetic Fundraiser, too! <BR> Tour de Cure. Visit me at<BR>e/TDC051538030?px=5857354&pg=personal&<BR>fr_id=6950 <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Elizabeth Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:02:46 EST New @ This Hi Team, i just joined today and came across this nifty group thats right up my alley. I wasnt born with diabetes, but all 3 of us kids were diagnosed with type 1. Our parents must of been carriers. I was the lucky one, i didnt get diabetes till my first child. My two brothers on the other hand got it at ages 8 and 9. So here i am now 20 years later, on the minimed 722 Paradigm thanking god that i dont have to shoot myself everyday anymore. All though the continuous monitoring of blood sugar... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:27:32 EST Roche/Ac cu-check just bought a new pump! Did anyone read the news blurb on diabetesmine last week that Roche just bought the Solo pump? I have received their marketing packet with a prototype of the Solo last summer, kinda cool. I really want to play with this thing and see what it can do. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:00:19 EST Exercise hypos and dieting Hi all, had to vent my frustration today after a really annoying hypo at jujitsu last night. I've been doing pretty well with blood sugar control during martial arts (not to mention working out how to deal with an insulin pump in the face of kicks, punches and throws!). But then it was just a little change in the routine (groundwork instead of stand up work) and BAM! major hypo city. <BR> <BR> Is there anything more frustrating than trying to exercise and instead sitting on the sidelines cra... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:44:25 EST What does diabetes mean in your life? What does diabetes mean in your life? <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. Sometimes when people find out I am diabetic they says "Oh that sucks" or "I'm sorry" and it makes me laugh. It makes me laugh because I don't want it to be a negative thing in my life. It's PART of my life, a BIG PART and why should something this big in my life be negative?!?! It shouldn't! <BR> <BR> That's why I look at diabetes as a positive thing in my life. Def. something I struggle wi... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:50:44 EST 43 year Veteran of Type 1 Hi Everyone !!! My name is Chris, and I joined Spark People a week ago. I was diagnosed as Type 1 at the age of 9 months, and have endured it pretty well so far I think. I'm using a Minimed Paradigm pump, been on the pump for 12 years now. I am so glad that this team is here to support those of us who are struggling to lose weight while dealing with diabetes, Thank you for having this team. I've already lost 2 pounds in the first week, and working on losing more. Take care and God Bless... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:08:56 EST Blood Sugar Control Since joining SparkPeople, I've taken much better care of myself and have, for the first time in an extremely long time, reduced my H1AC from 9.5 to 7.0. Now I have a question: Even with keeping the blood sugars under a tighter, stricter control, whenever I experience anything, say as low as 90 (which is so good, I thought), I experience signs of a low blood sugar, the main one being seeing big, green spots and feeling "weird." I haven't yet asked my Doctor or DE about this, but can a fell... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 02:40:10 EST Hi! I'm a newbie Type 1 Hi! I'm Brittani, a newbie Type 1. I joined SparkPeople back in January and just now joined the Type 1 Diabetes team. I didn't even know there was one! So I'm happy to be a new member and hope I can help other new members, but also hope to have a place to talk about the issues and questions and randomness that sometimes seems to happen. I was diagnosed in November after being in DKA. I believe at one point my sugar was above 600. I'll be honest, it was really hard and pretty random and I've h... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 21:20:40 EST Doubting Ability to Lose Weight I'm a Type 1 on a pump, 43 years old, and I'm a bit discouraged. I know this is a marathon, not a sprint, but I've been logging everything for a couple of weeks, and have lost zero. I'm pretty active, buring about 2800 Kcal/week via exercise. While I eat towards the top of my Sparkpeople calorie range, with the exercise, I have been at an average 450 Kcal deficit per day. Everything is well balanced from a nutrition standpoint, though I am facing the possibility of giving up the empty cal... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:47:15 EST Hello hi everyone. I'm new to SP. I've been a type I diabetic for 14 years. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:33:35 EST Frustrated BG 410 this AM I have been diabetic for 27 years Diagnosed at age 2. I have been on an insulin pump for about 2 years on an off. I am so frustrated. This AM my pump beeped at me and told me low reservoir and auto off, well I did not wake up so when I did I tested and found myself 410. I am so upset with myself. I had planned to wake up and clean, do a lil exercise, and have a fun day with my lil guys. Now I feel horrible. I could stay on the couch for hours.... Hope to feel better soon :( Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:38:00 EST half marathon HELP! A friend from class suggested I join her in a half marathon. I think I'm crazy but I might do it. Any tips on running with diabetes (and pumps)? I've never done more than a 5k! Thanks! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:55:23 EST Getting older & gaining weight - ARGH I was dx'd with Type 1 on 2/14/72. Just celebrated my 38th anniversary with no complications. Have had a pump for about 24 years. <BR> <BR> I have (I should say HAD) maintained the same weight for about 20 years. 6 months ago, the pounds started packing onto my backside. Have ruled out thyroid, so now I'm trying to motivate myself to drop the weight. <BR> <BR> I had always been able to maintain through playing tennis and a decent-enough diet. But, I find myself at a loss with trying ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:30:45 EST Humulin R Hi guys. <BR> Are any of you using this insulin? My doc wants me to try it, but i'm really unfamiliar with it. I use to a rapid acting one, just shoot and eat type. I inject 10 minutes before meals. Can anyone give me any advice about this regular insulin it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:03:22 EST GFR Hi all just got some bad news from some blood work....In Nov. of this year my GFR was 36,just had work done it came back 22.....22 that puts me in Stage 4 kidney disease.....Can I get these points back?????or am I just doomed....Thanks Rhonda. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:07:53 EST Help! Stuck in Stage 1. Hello all. <BR> I am looking for help from those who have already made it over this obstacle. This may be insignificant for most, for me this I think is my biggest challenge... I am having a VERY difficult time beginning tracking my food. I have been a type 1 brittle diabetic for 30 years and food has been an issue since day 1. Tons of misinformation, well intentioned relatives, being too young to realize that I did not have to stay with a condescending endocrinologist (that was one of my st... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 12:33:31 EST Hello everyone... Hello, My name is Ivy and I've been a type 1 for 25 years now I was diagnosed at 13 months so it's all I've ever known. I've had a paradigm pump for about 7 years and love it! If anyone has any questions let me know :) Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:06:17 EST Pre-starting Hello, just heard of this site and took time to sign up.....need to do something for myself. Truthfully I never really had to try too hard to meet my A1C goals but have really fallen downhill in the past 5 years and have an A1C of 8. It gets worse, but too much for an introduction. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:13:18 EST high blood sugar troubles - PLEASE HELP! Before you read this, please know that I am in touch with my endo on a regular (every 3 months) basis and I have never had this particular problem go this badly before. <BR> <BR> That being said, I need help. I have been doing the spark thing for several months now and so I don't think it's related to losing weight (unlike my previous "please help" post, ha). <BR> <BR> Anyway when it's near TOM, I tend to get higher blood sugars. At least that's what I think it is. I eat a normal breakfast ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:22:19 EST sensitive skin around site Hello all! I have just about given up on this topic with my health care team. My skin has been more sensitive to my infusion site the past two or three years. I tried to see if medtronic changed the formula for their dice. I have tried so many different site preps. The best I have found so far for me is Bard's (I think that is the brand). I think it might just be that my skin is too dry, especially because it is more prevalent in the colder winter months. Any ideas long time pum... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 13:02:41 EST Hi. Hi. I have been lurking around teams trying to figure out where I fit, and I think that I belong here. I am 38 years old. I have had type 1 diabetes for 30 years. I have been on a pump for about 9 years. And I have been fluffy for so long that I cannot remember. I have two incredible children 5 and 2 (all thanks to my pump, a really smart team of doctors, and a lot of help from above) <em>43</em> . <BR> When I was pregnant with both children, I was in such tight control, I did not even recog... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 02:58:50 EST Hello from San Antonio TX! Hello, I'm Denise. <BR> I joined Spark People this <BR> past Thursday. I have had type one <BR> diabetes since June of 1966. <BR> I was born March 12, 1965. <BR> I'm here as a part of this team <BR> for the support. It is really <BR> easy to fall into depression. <BR> I joined Spark People with my <BR> weight loss already in progress. <BR> I started at 373 and am now at <BR> 282. I want to see that number below <BR> 200. I have thyroid disease to <BR> go along with my diabetes. <BR> And to m... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:32:54 EST low blood sugar help/comm iserating Since I've been losing weight and getting in shape in general, I've had a LOT of low blood sugar issues. It tends to be around this time of night (anytime after dinner) through morning... I might even go to bed low, eat something, and then wake up with low blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Now before you freak out because I'm going to bed low, I do wake myself up if I get too low... I've NEVER ever had a problem with going too low that I can't control (except one time at diabetes camp, but that's anoth... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:30:49 EST Hi, Everyone I am 47 and a type 1.(5) diabetic since 2004. I have slowly been gaining l the weight I lost prior to diagnosis and need to get better control of my eating + add exercise. I have never maintained a program for any length of time, so I hope to find support here. I have been married for 25 years and have 3 teenagers at home. I have two cocker spaniels - who would love more time walking with me outside. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:27:29 EST Hi everyone! Hi, my name is Caroline and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I am 24 years old and have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 20 months old. I see this as a sort of blessing because I don't know what it's like to not have diabetes. If there is one thing that my doctors have always told me, especially because I have diabetes, is that I need to exercise! My A1Cs have always been under great control, but exercise would help even more. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose the what I call "diabetic pooch." Its t... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:44:35 EST Hi, I am new here! Just joined SP this week. I was diagnosed with diabetes at 17, never had a weight problem. Gained 30 pounds in my first month on insulin, so began my struggles with weight. Now, 24 years later and I have gained much more. Looking foward to meeting other people with diabetes! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:50:50 EST Opportunity! <link><BR>boutSolo&ID=62&pageType=0 </link> <BR> In browsing the newest and coolest diabetes stuff, I came across a new pump, the Solo. <BR> Its not out yet for purchase, but they're doing trials in 8 cities on the Eastern half of the US. It looks like a 90 day trial, with free supplies during that time. If I lived in the right place I'd be all over it, but alas, no Alaskan cities made the cut : ) <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:41:24 EST 3 questions Okay first one is I am with my two yr old niece while her daddy is on flights during the day and I always wonder what would happen if I had a low I could not treat on my own which you guys know I have dealt with here and there and end up hospitalized. now usually I can call 911 before I hit the floor but what would happen with her till I could 1. get a hold of dad which is hard since he is in the air all the time or 2. get my sugar back up to take care of her again? I wanted to see if any of ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:07:20 EST I'm just....meh. I've had Type 1 since June 1976, and now that I've had my kids I find myself unmotivated to put much effort into my diabetes. I was wondering if there are any other long-time...uh...patients(?) here who have been as lucky as I have to have NO complications. Even with less-than-stellar BS readings and A1Cs I've still got retinopathy-free eyes and good peripheral circulation. My endo says I'm genetically blessed, but I'm not stupid enough to think it might not all come back to bite me in the ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:03:00 EST New to Spark but not to Diabetes Hi! My name is Jennifer. I just joined Spark about a week ago. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 13 years ago when I was 19. I've been looking for information on Diabetes on Spark and it all seems really basic and I'm surprised they don't have meal plans for diabetes so I started looking for something to support my efforts on here that also knows the challenges of trying to lose weight while using insulin. And I found this group. I do not fit the profile for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:20:52 EST Hello! Hello all! In November of 2009 I found out that I have Type 1 Diabetes. This was a shock & was quite devastating to me. My whole life changed. However, I realized that if I wanted to live and have a healthy life, I had to make some changes. I had to change my diet and start taking exercise serious. So here I am. I have had to get used to taking Insulin shots twice a day and checking my blood sugar twice a day. The biggest problem for me has been figuring out what I can and cannot eat.... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 00:35:16 EST One of the Sweetest People on Sweet-n-low! Hi I'm Jenny. In May it will be 30 years since I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. 10 Years ago this past November was my last shot. I have been on the Minimed Medtronics pump since. I contribute my diabetes to many wonderful things in my life. If God had not chosen me to bare this cross I would definitely not be the person I am today. My two health and wonderful children are my reason for becoming determined to loose this weight. I am tired of weighing so much and of people telling w... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:07:53 EST Okay oh wise ones I need some insight By know you guys know I have the mini med 722 pump and now the CGMS. At first the CGM worked great very close to the readings on my finger sticks maybe off by 10 but not bad. now the last 2 sensors have caused me great issues it is way off by like 60 or more from my meter readings. I use my stomach since the minimed nurse said it gives the best readings and didn't change anything in how I do things it happens both high and low so whats up? anyone deal with this before?? transmitter works fine... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:02:53 EST Blessmykids3 Hello, My name is Carolyn. Today is my birthday and I turned 30! I have Type 1 Insulin dependant diabettes since the age of 4 yrs. old. My diabettes is very brittle now. I have alot of other conditions from my diabettes. I have 3 Beautiful Children and a loving husband. It's a struggle. I reall need to loose weight. I am a member of the Y.M.C.A. and i never go. I have no motivation. I'm always tired or something hurts, But I'm constantly gaining weight. I need to try to loose some before it g... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:12:16 EST Watch out for static and sweat! Hey all, <BR> Consider this a PSA, and maybe learn from my mistakes so you don;t end up in the same boat.... <BR> <BR> Last June I went for a bike ride and clipped my pump to the inside of my shorts. I'd done it 100 times before with no problem, but on this particularly nice day for a long ride, I got home, pulled my pump out and not a single button did anything. Thats right, my screen was frozen and pump was presumably not pumping in its frozen state. I called Minimed and they told me it wa... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:36:23 EST Help, I have pump class in the morning Hello, <BR> <BR> I am coming up on one year to my Diabetes diagnosis and I am considering the pump. I have class tomorrow and I am a tad bit anxious. Does anyone have advice on what I should expect and what I should ask? I have not found a Diabetes Educator that I have built a rapport with, I have honestly found them to be rather frustrating. ..sorry if there are any Educators reading this. <BR> <BR> But I am a bit nervous because I don't want to deal with high's and low's EVER again -I... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:41:42 EST changing infusion set and bleeding Today I changed out my infusion set for my pump and when I pulled out the old set, I started bleeding pretty heavily from the tiny hole in my skin. It stopped pretty quickly, but I'm wondering if this is normal, how frequently I can expect this, and if I did something wrong. I use the Medtronic Quick Sets with the Quick Sert device. I change my sets out every three days as recommended. This is my third time to change the set as I've only had the pump about a week and a half. The other two ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 01:43:43 EST problem with health care in my area this is more of a rant sorry but no one understands unless they have our disease. Hubby just got back from Iraq Wohoo!! but is stationed in ft drum NY and it is a small town the post doctors can't seal with my diabetes since no one knows how to deal with a pump and then there is no endo or primary who deals with pump pts with in 70 miles the joslin center is about 2 hrs away which sucks. so I am still in NC to keep my current docs to keep me healthy I was in fort drum for a week and the doc i... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 05:28:54 EST finally afer three months tricare approved my CGM! After three admissions in a yr for low BG's due to my hypoglycemic unawareness like I don't feel it till it is like 20 and by then i feel it for 2 mins then out like a light which is uncool with being a medic driving patients to the hospital or treating patients. anyway I can't wait I think this will truely help me be more aware of high and low trends I think alot of it has to due with being a medic and not being garenteed a meal even though my basal is correct it still causes a low when no f... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 05:16:38 EST Pump advice needed Hi all! So i started the pump back in July. I love it, but I am still trying to adjust to how sensitive it is compared to being on shots! If I don't wait a half hour to eat after doing my bolus I'll go high and if I don't count my carbs exactly I'll go high or low. It can get really frustrating. Would it be better for me to go on a low carb diet now that I have the pump and it's quite sensitive? Any tricks? Mon, 19 Oct 2009 22:28:04 EST Oh that prickly thumb. Aló everyone. <BR> I've been T1 for 15 years now and recently I've re-discovered a bit of a quandary. For the last couple of months I've had this cheeky subconscious and conscious drive to prick the same finger while testing. There are times in in which I test and before I think not to, I realize I've pricked my right thumb, again! And there are those times that bother me the most; in which I know I shouldn't prick my right thumb but make myself think that it's OK because that is where it wi... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:24:28 EST Dexcom or Minimed CGM? I am hopefully getting a CGM soon, and was wondering what your experience with either of these has been. Are they accurate? Helpful? How much does it cost you monthly? Basically, I don't want to get one and find out the hard way that I should have tried something else...Thanks! Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:33:46 EST SymlinPen Hi, my doc prescribed me this med. I wonder if anyone using this or has any more info. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:06:31 EST Hello I'm new Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, but not new to type 1. I am really excited to be on this team and to meet and talk with other people who have the same issue as I do. I just have one quick question. I live in Canada and our glucose seems to be measured up here in different units. For example my sugar is considered low if below 4.0 and high if above 14. Very different than the readings in some of the postings I have seen. Does anyone know how to convert? Or if not, can you pl... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 23:43:51 EST site problem I've been using humalog since I started pumping (8 yrs ago) and never had a problem. However, I had a hard lump under the site I removed last week and it had a red ring around it and was VERY sore for days. The redness is gone but it's still sore to the touch and the lump is still there. Anyone else ever had similar problems? My aunt can't use humalog anymore because it did something like this to her. I don't see my endo until October, but will definitely mention it to him then, and will... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 12:31:10 EST team member updates Okay so summer is almost over and we are all getting back into our work and school schedules and kids soccer and sports and just back to the busy life. so I thought we could all update on ourselfs like how everything is going with the diabetes and how the weight loss is going and how you plan to lose more share ways that have worked for you. and ways you get through your busy lifestyles with diabetes. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 11:54:06 EST I get my CGM!!! So was on the phone with tricare (insurance) and they will approve the CGM with a letter of medical neccessity!! I am so glad I know it is not a replacement for BG testing but I am sure it will help me since I have no hypoglcemic awareness as well as showing me how different foods effect my sugar!! I am so excited!! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:04:58 EST Question about carb counting... Hi, I'm new to both SP and this team. It's been fun browsing, but I'm confused about canned fruit... <BR> <BR> When you count the carbs in canned fruit how much of that is juice and how much is fruit? I'd like to drain the juice completely, but would that make the carb count still accurate? Take this for example: according to the nutrition tracker canned pears have 38g of carb for a cup, and fresh pears only have 25g. If I drain the liquid from the canned pears should I only bolus for 25g? ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:38:32 EST Type II Infiltrator (grin) Hello all. <em>213</em> I am Robin, a type II for 14 years now. Since you all have many more pump discussions, I have joined you too. I've been happily using a minimed pump for a little over a year. <BR> <BR> Best to all. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:29:31 EST carbs and exercise My kid went on a 30 km bike trek and in spite of a lot of extra carbs, went low during the ride and then again later in the middle of the night. He suspended his pump for the ride and ingested at least 150 carbs that he did not bolus for throughout the ride. Also, we reduced his basal rates by 30 % for 4 hours after he came home. I know that everyone is different and there is no general formula, but any tips from you pumpers???? Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:15:29 EST Intro Hey everyone! I have been a type 1 diabetic since 1996 when I was 9. I am now 22 and have pretty good control on my readings. My last A1C was 6.1 but that was due to some low blood sugar readings. I am pretty new to sparkpeople and have a good 10 pounds that I want to shed off. I also just graduated college this past May and hopefully will have a job in the next month. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 23:28:21 EST Newbie! Hi fellow type 1's! I'm so glad to see all of you. Sometimes it feels like I'm the only one out there among a sea of type 2's. I've been a type 1 diabetic since I was 7 years old, and I'm now 25. I've been very blessed over the years to have decent A1C's and pretty good health. During my teen and college years, I was a bit rebellious and am sometimes scared of the consequences that may show up sometime in the future, but I try to be positive about what I can do NOW. I'm a somewhat newly... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:36:56 EST New to Type 1 Hi -- I hope I'm in the right place. My 12-year-old son was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and we're trying to get used to a new way of life. I joined SparkPeople primarily to have access to the nutritional information so we can make counting carbs easier. It would be great to hear from some other parents of kids with Type 1 so I can hear how you manage to stay organized and on top of things. This is all very new to us and although we're doing OK so far, I know that there are challen... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:49:46 EST question about my minimed pump my pump gave me a bolus ramdomly 15 units actully and i was asleep plus reseving the basel of 2 units so my husband is home on 2 weeks of leave from iraq and found me with a blood sugar of 24 and freaked i wouldn't wake up carried me litterally to the er and they freaked 28 iv sticks later they got iv access in my elbow and finally got the d 50 in me i had to stay the night got out today and this freaked me out i have never passed out and so i was wondering if anyone elses pump ever gave a r... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:43:45 EST Help! I need to lasso these numbers. Suggestions? I have some rambling to do and a confession to make. Please be patient with me as I don't usually do things like this but I am fed up with myself and need help. <BR> <BR> I am a Type 1, age 24, and have had diabetes for 13 years. I've never, ever been in "good control" of my blood sugars, and for most of my life, I've been completely "out of control" of my blood sugars. No drug/smoking/alcohol history, just out of control with sugars. Since I got married and moved from the parents' house... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:08:13 EST Diabetic/Men's Health question I'm new to SparkPeople and don't usually participate in forums/message boards so this is relatively new to me. Please forgive me (in advance) for rambling but I have to explain everything... :) <BR> <BR> I have been married for a short while now (approaching 2 months) and we are taking measures to prevent a baby from coming along any time soon. However, of course and as we all know, it's always a possibility if something goes wrong with the prevention. <BR> <BR> That said, I am a Type 1, ... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:40:59 EST Accu-Chek Spirit Pump Does anyone have one of these? And if so, what do you think of it. I am pretty sure that I am going to get one, just waiting for the paperwork to go through. I have noticed a lot of people talk about the discomfort that inserting the infusion set causes. I wore a "dummy" pump for a few days, and when I inserted the infusion set and for the few days that I wore it I didn't have any type of discomfort--was this misleading!? I'm not big on pain:( <BR> <BR> Thanks for any info you can provi... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:17:24 EST rant My son had his buddy over and they were all set to head out on their bikes...and he went low. <BR> Usually I am able to maintain a fairly positive attitude, but tonight, I am sad. I am sad that my kid has to puncture his finger before he can go anywhere. I am sad that he has to drag his glucometer and juice whereever he goes. He can never just run out the door like other kids. Diabetes is always breathing down his neck. I hate it. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:53:07 EST How is everyone?!! Hi everyone! Just checking in. I was wondering how everyone is doing and how their BG levels have been? <BR> Talk to you soon. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 04:48:00 EST Car wreck ER visit to funny so got in a wreck nothing too bad well for me anyway the car is totaled but i got out with road rash a broken arm and concussion. anyway I got knocked out so don't remember anything of the wreck the emts and medics tried to wake me i would not wake but apperently after my pump went off for bg check reminder I woke to that funny in its self. well doc somehow messed with my pump and suspended my basal ( don't touch if you don't know ) my BG when we got there was 138 not bad actually very proud ... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:12:52 EST Help!!!! I'm unexpectedly what Hi! I'm a 35 year mother of twin 4 year old boys. I was diagnoised 2 years ago with type 1. I was late for my period and took a pg test today. It was positive. Now what happens next? As luck would have it I have a dr. appointment next Tuesday but I can't wait that long. Any advise? Any thing I should be concerned about? Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:52:42 EST Has anyone heard about problems with diet drinks? I have been reading some articles online about all these people having lots of health problems caused from the artificial sweetners in diet drinks. I used to drink diet rite and sweet tea made with splenda by the gallon. When I read the articles, I stopped drinking diet am only on water now. I feel a lot better. Just wondering if anyone has had similar problems. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:28:06 EST Researchers to implant pig cells in diabetics <link><BR>/ALeqM5j7OcJ4zgZeChZxvSXSbbsBP9D4SgD99<BR>K1CQ00 </link> <BR> <BR> Researchers to implant pig cells in diabetics <BR> <BR> By RAY LILLEY (AP) – 1 day ago <BR> <BR> WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand biotech company began a trial Thursday that will implant cells from newborn pigs into eight human volunteers as an experimental treatment for their diabetes. <BR> <BR> The cells produce pig insulin, which is very similar to human insulin an... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:19:12 EST Hot Hypos Hey everyone :-) <BR> <BR> I'm brand new around here. I never get to talk to other diabetics, so this will be fun. <BR> <BR> My first question: <BR> Do any of you experience lows directly related to how hot you are? <BR> <BR> For example, in the summer, I don't use an AC, so when it gets hot, I'm almost guaranteed to have a low unless I adjust my basal. <BR> Or, sometimes in the winter, it will be so cold that I'll wrap myself up in a cocoon of 10 blankets in bed and I'll go low because ... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 01:33:01 EST Hypothyroidism and the Type 1 grind... Okay, so I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago and the age of 28... yes, I know, rather old for it huh? Well, I guess it was bound to happen since I have a well-established family history of it, but I really thought I had dodged that bullet by then... Anyway, I was (slowly) getting used to things and moving forward. So, at my endo. appointment last week my A1c didn't match up to the blood sugars I was experiencing so my doc did blook work and lo! My thyroid isn't producing ... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:51:30 EST I love my new pump!! so I take about 3000 units a month about 100 a day. I love not having to give a shot everytime. the site changing sucks but worth it. I dont have the cgm so I have to test between 10 to 12 times a day depending on if i am working or not. This had made my life so much easyier my pump reminds me to check my bs every 4 hrs then agian when exersizing and and eating. I love the differint bolus option square bolus works well for me since the gastroparesis it helps a lot no low sugars so far one day... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:33:24 EST my kid Hello <BR> I don't have diabetes, but my 14 year old son does--Type One, diagnosed three years ago. He's on an insulin pump. He's doing great--much better than I am doing, some days. <BR> But I thought I would maybe check in here some days, see what you guys have to say, and try to understand a bit more about what he goes through. I do all his site changes and adjustments, so I've learned a lot about the pump, if anyone wants to ask me anything. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 19:23:55 EST First day changing my site for my new pump... help Hi! Question: <BR> <BR> So I am changing my site today, so I disconnected my pump and everything. Then I had a lot of trouble taking off the tape, it was super sticky. I finally got it off and pulled out the tubing. Now it is really red and there is a dark red dot (dried blood I presume) where the tubing was in the skin. <BR> <BR> This is normal right? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 18 Jul 2009 16:56:10 EST I start my pump today (animas ping!) I start my pump with symlin (sp) today. My trainer is coming over in a couple of hours. I get to start with the actual insulin on the 27th! <BR> <BR> I have the animas ping pump! Anyone else out there have the same one and can offer any advice or tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:08:29 EST Serious this time. Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a 43 mother of 4 with Type 1 diabetes. I have over the last 20 years not taken the time to look after myself which has resulted in me needing to lose 55kg. I have tried various diets over the years..some worked some didnt...but I always seemed to get to a certain point and then stop. This resulted in gaining back the weight I had lost and then some extras on top. <BR> <BR> The last 6 months I have focused on losing weight and have lost and gained the same 5 kg around 5 ti... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:26:15 EST CGM Just started with the CGM sensors 35.00 apiece and heres my problem.I have a very active job lots of bending and moving and subsequently sweating,the sticky tape they gave me sucks and doesnt stick so I lose my sensor after only 2 days has anybody else had this problem and do you know of any better tape I could use.My Medtronic rep said I could get 5 days out of each sensor and they are so expensive I would like to. Tue, 7 Jul 2009 10:13:33 EST got my new pump So the pump came in today went to doc to set it up got the minimed 722 it is smaller then i thought. the pump was easy to learn and it is pink!! got to love it when it cordnates well with your outfits. I don't like the infusion set I got the quick set the neddle is bigger then I am used to but since it comes out I am good I think i want the infusion set that inserts sideways doc is giving me the emla cream so I don't feel the insert as much numb the site lol ohh well think I am just excited n... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 23:20:42 EST Tips and Tricks I thought it would be nice to have an area on our forums where people could post tips and tricks they have for shedding the pounds. we all know that diabetes comes with certain unique struggles on the weight loss front, so if you've found something that's helped you out please share it here so we can create a bit of a quick reference guide for the team. ^_^ Mon, 6 Jul 2009 19:07:13 EST Brown Bag It Challenge 7/5-7/11 Remember when you had to brown bag your lunches back at school? It wasn't always cool, but mom had a good idea there. Bringing lunch from home was healthier and more economically wise. Good ole mom, she knew a lot more than you gave her credit for. <BR> <BR> So, starting Sunday, I challenge you to take a page out of mom's book. Brown bag it for the week. Only eat what you (or someone you know who does cook if you don't) has made. No dining out this week (that's all meals, kids). Your m... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 15:55:15 EST so pumps I gave in to the doc i am getting one I gave in and decided between anamias ping or paragram 722 I think?? anywho both seem very similar not sure so figured you all could give me so pros and cons of each. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:57:18 EST Starting new job ... what do you do? Hi everyone! I'm hoping you all can help me get some insight on this ... my boyfriend has Type 1. He just started a new job where he uses up a lot more energy than he's used to. Today is his first day, so I have yet to get feedback about how his blood sugar levels have been holding up. <BR> <BR> I can't help being a little concerned because (besides planned jogging and outdoorsy dates) he's lived a pretty sedentary daily lifestyle for the past 2 years. I suppose that just like with his plan... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:58:05 EST JDRF - Artificial Pancreas Project<BR>76 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:44:06 EST another insursance issue You know if it wasn't for insurance paying foe all my supplies I might give them a peice of my mind. I ussually use the one touch mini in pink and tricare was always paying for it but since I moved to north region from south region so they don't pay for the same things so I had to switch to the bayer contour lite which is cute I mean it comes in colors and tricare covers it all but I loved my old meter it was pink and tiny great for travel. now getting used to this one is a pain it seens as i... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:55:04 EST i'm having a REALLY hard time losing weight Hi! My name is Megan, I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 24 years. I've always been curvy but since I graduated from college (about 4 years ago) I've noticed every year I put on major weight despite my efforts to lose. I have a healthy diet (right now I'm doing Weight Watchers for the 2nd time and have been back on the program for 3 weeks....I haven't lost any weight whereas the first time thru I dropped about 2 pounds a week and got stuck around 160), I exercise 4-6 times a week (running and ... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 07:51:11 EST What foods keep your blood sugar in good control? What foods are best for your blood sugar? What foods tend to keep your blood sugar in good control? In other words, what foods don't make your blood sugar skyrocket!? Mon, 8 Jun 2009 02:37:15 EST Hi Everyone, I'm Back! How is everyone? I am finally done with nursing school! I graduated almost 2 weeks ago and am now getting settled back into normal life while studying for the NCLEX. <BR> <BR> This last year of school has been so crazy that I let my good eating and exercise habits go to the wayside. My blood glucose has been a bit out of control and my last A1c was 7.4 (before school I was at my best at 5.2). <BR> <BR> Not surprisingly, I gained a ton of weight back but so far I have lost 4 lbs of it.... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 17:48:59 EST My first staph and BG too high to measure For whatever reason, my last sensor didn't go well and when I got around to taking it out, I noticed it was awfully red and angry, but because I often get a nasty rash from the tape, it was hard to tell if this was a rash around the site, or if it was an infection so I didn't do anything special. <BR> After I watched it spread at work yesterday I decided this was beyond neosporin and a bandaid so I took myself to the local walk-in clinic where I was diagnosed with a likely staph infection. Gr... Wed, 27 May 2009 16:22:16 EST Exercise/latent hypo's... Tips We have hunted high and low for some good advice and found this and the site it is from: <BR> <BR> Location, location, location - picking a site when exercising <BR> <BR> Consider what you will be doing that day, morning, afternoon or evening when selecting insulin injection sites. Injecting into areas close to groups of muscles that will be active can increase the rate of absorption of the insulin, subsequently increasing the likelihood of hypo's <BR> <BR> If you will be participating in ... Tue, 26 May 2009 12:23:44 EST diabetes and kidney stones okay first let me start with this is my 31 -34th kidney stone. for those of you who have ever had one you know the pain and suffering we go through to pass these things. well I was having that pain and my urologist sent me for the xray and it showed three large stones in my right kidney!! Go figure! so i wanted to wait a week to see if they would pass on there own so he gave me the percocets and told me to rest and drink plenty of water. but my lord the next day I called back and told them I ... Mon, 18 May 2009 11:10:46 EST About Gymnema Sylvestre "The UKPDS also showed that Postprandial (blood glucose 1-2 hours after eating) glucose is a better indicator of glycemic control than fasting glucose levels. Treatment of postprandial hyperglycemia is critical to achieving optimal outcomes in type 2 Diabetes. <BR> <BR> METHODS: <BR> Sixty-five (65) patients (37male/28 female) completed the study. 7.6%(5) of the patients were insulin dependent. Their pre-study average fasting glucose (163 mg/dl) and postprandial blood glucose (212 mg/dl), an... Mon, 18 May 2009 08:23:26 EST Top Ten Things to Do to Jumpstart Weight Loss I would be interested in hearing from people with Type 1 Diabetes about things that have helped to jumpstart weight loss. It's been a week since I've made a decision to lose weight and sometimes my scale shows that I've gained! I'm 191 and want to lose 40 lbs. I'm not wanting to rush things, would be nice to see some small changes in a week. <BR> <BR> I'm a little worried that low BSugars will cause me to gain back anything I've lost. Any tips? (I'm on a pump.) <BR> <BR> What are t... Thu, 14 May 2009 00:38:35 EST Time to change!!! Hi My name is Tamarah I have been Diabetic for 27 years and its only been in the last oh lets say 5 years that I can say it is under pretty good control. I am from Canada so all the blood sugar levels posted on here make no sense whatsoever but I will I was put on lantus and humalog which has made a world of difference to me. I actually had an a1c of 7.8 which for me is huge. As before I was a 10 or 11. I have a long was to go but have found that its getting better. Lantus took me ... Tue, 12 May 2009 16:53:58 EST Low blood sugar and exercise? Hi all! I have a problem. Whenever I do moderate exercise, I end up having low blood sugar for the next approx. 12 hours! I'll drink a juice and have a snack and then I will still be low in an hour or so... and so on. It's so irritating! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? What can i do to avoid it? Should I lower my lantus? Sat, 9 May 2009 17:48:39 EST gonna try hard this time. I am hoping i can keep with it this time. I am 26 and have had diabetes since 2000, so almost 10 years. I was on MDI until last spring when i started on the pump, My AiC was 11 before and was down to 7.5 four months after. I worked really hard most of that summer (no exersing) to keep my sugars good but began to lose control about 6 months ago. I recently got software that shows me different analysis of my blood sugars and i had a rude awakening. Although they are better than before the pump,... Wed, 6 May 2009 23:56:39 EST My introduction, sorry it is a little lengthy I am hoping i can keep with it this time. I am 26 and have had diabetes since 2000, so almost 10 years. I was on MDI until last spring when i started on the pump, My AiC was 11 before and was down to 7.5 four months after. I worked really hard most of that summer (no exersing) to keep my sugars good but began to lose control about 6 months ago. I recently got software that shows me different analysis of my blood sugars and i had a rude awakening. Although they are better than before the pump,... Wed, 6 May 2009 23:29:06 EST How to motivate yourself to exercise daily Hi all! How do you all motivate yourself to exercise daily? I can't seem to do it. I guess I have so much stuff going on with school, that I forget to save time to work out. <BR> <BR> Work works for you? What motivates you? Any suggestions would be great <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> My pants need to look like this guy's haha Mon, 4 May 2009 20:02:06 EST Stay or Go How do you guys lose weight? I have been doing this for 3-4 weeks with not even a pound drop! I know it is harder for diabetics, but I am thinking I should try a low carb diet. What are your thoughts. Ready to give up. Mon, 4 May 2009 15:29:08 EST Hi! New here, need TONS of help! Hi everyone! I'm Jennifer. I was so glad to find this team. I have been Type 1 for 25 years now. I have always struggled with the weight and I get SO frustrated! I use a pump and that has helped in some ways. I think my biggest downfall is a sweet tooth, and needing support and motivation. When you exercise and then have to eat because you are low when you are done, it gets to be discouraging. I'm sure most of you know about that. My two kids are so active and I've reached that point where I ... Sun, 3 May 2009 23:30:37 EST Weekly Challenge May 10th-16th Hi all! I am setting a weekly challenge for myself and anyone else who is interested. I am trying to lose 2 lbs. this week. Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> 1. Write down a weekly meal plan and stick to it. This will avoid any last minute "bad decisions." <BR> <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> 3. Check your blood sugar atleast 4-5 times daily and post your readings <BR> <BR> 4. Work out atleast 30 mins a day! Fri, 1 May 2009 15:43:16 EST RIP Cozmo So in case you haven't heard, Smith's Medical (the makers of the Cozmo insulin pump) is going out of business. I've had a Cozmo for about three years now and I love it - much nicer than my old Disetronic and the customer support was awesome. I also really like the Cleo infusion sets that Smith makes. <BR> Unfortunately, I now have to switch pumps (to the Minimed, incidentally), infusion sets and glucose meter. Are there any other Cozmo users out there that are going to miss their pumps? ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:02:03 EST Hello, I'm a diabetic Introduce myself, eh? Let's see... <BR> I am a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed with diabetes just before I turned 11 and I am now 28. I've been a pump user since '96 and in that time I've had two Disetronic, one Cozmo, and a Minimed I just switched to since Cozmo is going away. I'm the proud father of two wonderful little boys and I want to be around for them for a long time to come. I don't have any complications yet and I want to keep it that way. I'm currently about 10 pounds overwe... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:49:23 EST Losing weight - what works for you? Hi all, I'm new to this forum, but not new to SP. I've been here for over a year struggling to lose 20 pounds... and the scale isn't moving (it has even gone up!) <BR> <BR> I started an intense daily exercise regimen two months ago, and I completely revamped my diet, but its doing nothing to change my figure or budge the scale. Granted, there have been healthy side-effects of the workouts--my HA1c has gone down from 8.0 to 7.2 and my other tests are coming back clean (urine, etc) but I JUS... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:28:13 EST Just stopping in I doubt anyone actually remembers me, but I just thought I'd pop in and say Hi. My baby boy is almost a year old, and we're 18 weeks pregnant with #2, he's due Sept. 22. I hope everyone is still doing well and not having too many BG issues! Sun, 19 Apr 2009 18:49:04 EST Been diabetic for 28 years Hi all, <BR> I am your typical "bad" diabetic. I am terrified of getting low, so my blood sugars run too high (which is incredibly frustrating too.) I have recently found a new diabetic health team who are working with me slowly to overcome my fear of lows and gain better control. I just wanted to join this group so I could read inspiration from other people and vent about the stress of losing weight with type 1. <BR> Anyway, it's nice to meet everyone here!! <BR> Molli Sun, 19 Apr 2009 18:18:28 EST Transplants Help Type 1 Diabetics Skip Insulin <link><BR>.jsp?storyId=19904385&filename=2009041<BR>4/reuters20090414health00000010reuters<BR>healthewEDIT.xml </link> <BR> <BR> CHICAGO (Reuters) - People with type 1 diabetes who got stem cell transplants were able to go as long as four years without needing insulin treatments, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> They said the process, which involves injecting people with stem cells made from their bone marrow cells, appears to have a lasting... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:59:35 EST Out of control Diabetic looking for some control I've been diabetic since I was 15, coming up on 18 years now. <BR> I was just fine and under control until 1998 when I got pregnant with my oldest daughter. I have been a brittle diabetic ever since. My body no longer recognizes when my sugar is dropping, and I have had so many trips to the hospital that I can not count them. I have nearly died a few times but only through God's grace have I survived. I am looking into getting a medical alert dog to warn me when my sugars are dropping but... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 07:39:56 EST Help with Predisone dosing Hi guys im type 1 pump user who also has bad asthma I was started on a Predisone dose for the asthma,as anybody knows the pred raises your sugars incredibly,Im thinking about raising my basal for the duration of the steroid treatment,I called my endo but he hasnt gotten back to me yet.Wondering if anybody else has dealt with this problem,Im thinking about doubling the basal and constantly checking and hoping no lows,they have not been below 300 since I started it 2 days ago. Any ideas? Sun, 5 Apr 2009 16:01:51 EST April challenge brings May flowers! <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>125</em> <BR> Maybe a challenge won't actually bring you flowers, but it will make you feel better to make, strive for and accomplish a goal. <BR> <BR> Personally, I know I need to get back on track. I suspect that many of you are in the same boat (winter can do that to you!) and to us I challenge for the month of April: <BR> Drink 8 cups of water at least 6 days a week; <em>91</em> <BR> Eat at least 3... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:03:20 EST Type 1 for 35 years Hello! I will be turning 38 years-old this year and have had type 1 diabetes for 35 of those 38 years. I have been blessed to have very few problems and to have given birth to two very healthy girls, now 9 and 4. <BR> <BR> As I get older, I do naturally worry about the toll that diabetes is taking on my body, but am determined to fight it every step of the way. Have signed up on spark to hopefully gain better control, lose a few pounds, become healthier and find some support along the way... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 08:15:02 EST Introduction Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I am very excited to see this team. I think that being diabetic sometimes has more challenges than people realize when trying to lose weight. I am looking forward to finding out how others deal with things. <BR> <BR> I have been diabetic for 20 years. I also have a brother who has been diabetic for over 30 years. Sometimes I find it really challenging and other times I find that it is part of what makes me unique. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:53:47 EST Parents of type 1's beware....... Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D <BR> Deficiency can increase bone fracture risk, researchers say <BR> Printer-friendly version E-mail this page to a friend <BR> <BR> HealthDay <BR> <BR> Friday, December 19, 2008 <BR> <BR> HealthDay news imageFRIDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 75 percent of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes have insufficient levels of vitamin D, researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston report. <BR> <BR> A deficit in vitamin D ca... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:09:09 EST New study finds in type 1 diabetes ........ Studies point to viruses as cause of diabetes <BR> <BR> <BR> Reuters Health <BR> <BR> Thursday, March 5, 2009 <BR> <BR> By Michael Kahn <BR> <BR> LONDON (Reuters) - Two studies published on Thursday provide evidence that common viruses may cause childhood diabetes, paving the way for potential vaccines against the life-threatening condition, researchers said. <BR> <BR> One team showed that enteroviruses -- which normally cause colds, vomiting or diarrhea -- were found frequently in the ... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:06:28 EST Quick introduction Hello, <BR> <BR> It is late here, but I wanted to say hello. I am new to the group and new to Diabetes (type 1). I was diagnosed Thanksgiving Day, 2008. Life has been miserable; but I understand that it could have been worse. I am tired of feeding into the illness and ready to make a change. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be welcomed! <em>41</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 01:12:30 EST Week of march 2nd - 8th So we have not done this for the new year but I thought we shourl really start being more active as a team agian so the challenge for this week is to get out and exersize. thats it just go out and work out everyday this week at least 30 mins a day I don't care what you do if you play with the dog? great! walk? great! whatever moves you then do it. take this week to jumpstart for the rest of the year post what you guys are doing to stay active so others can get motivated and get ideas!! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:31:15 EST My hospital venture agian Okay so I had A bad bout of gastro problems messing with me enough for them to once agian put me in the hospital. Well at this point I am like whatever I am used to it just go ahead. Well appernetly I was the talk of the hospital among some doctors because I was a patient who is not on a pump but still allowed to control my own dosing they called me the Insulin wiz kid. Well as some of you know I do the carb count 1 unit for every 13 carbs I eat so since it works for me after two days of them... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:11:48 EST Help! My Pump Died! My pump died tonight. MiniMed won't have another one here until Tuesday. I used to have a bottle of N for emergencies, but it got old and I threw it out. What should I do? Any tips? Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:48:41 EST New Team Notice Hi. Just wanted to let y'all know that I created a new team for folks experiencing any level of vision loss, vision issues or blindness. Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in adults in the US. This is an open invitation to The View.... More or less! If you know anyone for whom this team might be beneficial, please share the info with them! If you have any questions, please ask. <BR> <BR> The vision issues covered by the team's support are not restricted to vision loss due to diabe... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:52:12 EST Question and introduction Hello all my name is Audra and I have been a type 1 diabetic for 14 years and have been on an insulin pump 6 years. I've also suffered from depression since I was like 8 I think. I'm 30 years old, going to college, work part-time as a substitute assistant teacher at two early childhood centers, having trouble making ends meat and have to live with my parents just to get buy. I decided to take on the task of losing weight and getting my blood sugar under control because I was starting to get t... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 16:11:45 EST Need help for my sister with type-1 diabetes I'm not diabetic, but my adult sister has had type-1 diabetes since she was about 20 years old. She's 47 now. I've spoke highly of SparkPeople and the Sparkdiet and she's seen that it works for me. But because I'm not diabetic, I think she's concerned it may not be the site for her. It may not, but I see that there are many diabetics using SparkPeople. It would be helpful to hear from anyone particularly with type-1 diabetes who is using SparkPeople who are trying to lose weight and are ... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 01:29:21 EST HELP!!! Where do you get your Novolog insulin? I'm having a problem with my local pharmacies not wanting to fill my Novolog insulin prescription, because they lose so much money on it. I am on Medicare, have a supplement plan, and a Part D drug plan. Every January I run into the same issue, the pharmacy does not want fill my prescription. Medicare covers so little on it. My new pharmacy said it is covered on my Part D drug program with a $30 copay, but with the $2400 limit on benefits, the insulin would use up my benefits quickly, and... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:44:53 EST Full amount of fruits/veggies per day.... So this week I've really been trying to focus on eating the full amount of servings of fruits/veggies per day and drinking 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> I am able to drink 8 glasses of water per day... no problem! But, I cannot seem to eat more than like two servings on veggies/fruits per day! How do all you guys do it!??! Any advice? Sat, 24 Jan 2009 16:38:41 EST A pump smaller than a bandaid! <link><BR>ogy/insulinpumps_debiotech.php </link> <BR> <BR> So there are no dates saying when this teeny weeny little pump might come out, or entirely how it works and all that other stuff, but it caught me by surprise that its so stinking small! <BR> We've already come a long ways since the days of this huge machine! <BR> <link><BR>first~insulin~pump.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Makes you wonder what we'll see in the n... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:04:53 EST I was accepted to NP school!! Well I did it finished my nursing degree and now on to nurse practictioner school!! I am so excited and scared at the same time!! this will require alot of time but in the end I will be able to work side by side with doctors and write perscriptions and really my goal is to open a diabetes clinic for the underprivileged!!! my long life dream is going to come true!! four yrs of school but so worth it!! I want to do diabetes research and help those who have the diabetes battle like we do!! and n... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 03:29:13 EST Well looks like I will be geting the pump soon With the recent findings of my Gastroparesis and the ups and downs of my sugar levels more lows then highs as this disease makes me throw up 2 to 3 hrs after a meal and then the humalog has no carbs to cover since then my a1c was 5.5 last visit which is to low as you all know. so the doc wants me on the pump and on a CGM to help level me out. they put me on a drug called reglan to help speed up the digestion but I have dropped weight so fast literially 20 lbs in a month which we all know for ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 03:14:34 EST Net Carbs How do YOU calculate net carbs in a food? Hubby and I were just subtracting fiber from the carbs, however his dietitician told him that he should only do that if there are 5g or more carbs per serving. I'm not sure of why the 5g is so important. <BR> <BR> ...Pam Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:35:25 EST Help!! How do I get my A1c down?? Hi! My name is Nikki Hammers and I am 20 years old. I have been a type 1 diabetic for ten years. I don't understand why my A1c is 10.2 right now!!! Can anybody tell me how to get it down fast?? <BR> PLEASE?!?! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:50:53 EST Frustrated with CGM Arrgh. My CGM, a Dexcom, is accurate about 50% of the time when I compare it to my regular meter. I dont know what to do with the damn thing. Ive had a tough time with the company, too. I wonder if readings are less accurate when one is carrying a lot of extra weight? Or could it be that the technology is just a failure? Advice? Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:59:45 EST Just for Fun - Carb guessing I was reading this week's Spark email and went to the link for "The 11 Worst Foods of 2008". I came upon the IHOP butterscotch pancakes where IHOP didn't provider nutritional information, so the article author ventured a guess-timate on calories and fat, but not carbs. <BR> I thought it would be fun, with all of our expertise in carb counting, to guess-timate the carb content of this desserty breakfast. <BR> The artcile: <BR> <BR> "Butterscotch Rocks Pancakes at IHOP <BR> <BR> That I... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:41:12 EST When you are too sick to eat This is flu season. ITSCOREY and I have both had our turn. How do you manage your blood sugars when you are too sick to the stomach to eat anything for a day or so? <BR> <BR> ...Pam Sat, 3 Jan 2009 15:26:20 EST I feel lost It seems I have fallen off the band wagon once again. Grr! I'm always on the go and resort to fast food way too often. My blood sugars are like a roller coaster and I know it is because of the way I eat and that I do not keep myself in tight control. Has anyone else ever had or has these same problems? <BR> I know, since being diabetic is so serious, that I really need to have tight control, but sometimes I feel like I do not even care. I wish diabetes was on my mind more and I had a constant... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 01:51:52 EST LBS Symptoms Following HBS Is this a common symptom for others who have had high blood glucose for a long time? Hubby breaks into sweats and gets weak when his blood sugar returns to normal after being high for a while. <BR> <BR> ...Pam Tue, 9 Dec 2008 12:50:09 EST HELP!! Do you all count the calories that you use for low blood sugar episodes?? How?? Mon, 8 Dec 2008 20:17:50 EST Flu shot? Hi! <BR> <BR> I do not have type 1 Diabetes but my 14 year old daughter was diagnosed just over a year ago. <BR> <BR> I was wondering, those of you with type 1, do you get the flu shot? I have heard the pros and cons of getting the annual flu shot and I was wondering what the norm is for people with Type 1. <BR> <BR> THANKS! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 08:14:46 EST I think I'm ready for this I'm 39 and have had type 1 diabetes for 29 years now. I spent many years out of control. I'm on a pump now and have much better control. However, I have gained so much weight I don't even recognize me. I have been a little leary of joining any diet groups because a lot of "diets" just don't work well with type 1 diabetes. I'm the mother of 2 wonderful daughters. One has special needs. I want to be around to be with them for as long as I can. Thu, 4 Dec 2008 09:12:39 EST Hereditary...? Hey all, <BR> I know diabetes is often considered hereditary (esp. T1) but there are absolutely no other incidences of diabetes in either side of my family as far back as anyone can go! To be a little fair, anyone diagnosed more than more than 3 generations back would have just died off, but there is no diabetes in my sister, my parents, any cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, second cousins... I'm the only one! <BR> Which makes me wonder, how many of you also have famil... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 15:43:08 EST Following the bouncing bloodsugar..... Just had to share with you all 'cause I know you will understand. I am TRYING like crazy to lose weight, so today I decided to get on the elliptical for 25 minutes before going to get my hair cut. I finished at 10:30am and my appointment was at 11:00 so I quickly showered, got dressed and ran out of here with out testing (last test was 156 at 7:40 am). I was sitting there with the color in my hair and feeling weird so I tested - and my BS was 27. I figured, this can't be right so I tested... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 16:26:08 EST Cookie Recipes I'm looking for some recipes that others have had success with, specifically: <BR> <BR> chocolate and coconut macaroon <BR> soft molasses spice <BR> soft oatmeal <BR> <BR> For my own diet I've cut sugar in half with Splenda, reduced fat in half with apple sauce and mixed whole wheat and white flours, but Hubby would now prefer sugar-free recipes that use all whole wheat flour. Ideas? Thanks. <BR> <BR> ...Pam Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:59:08 EST Free meter; pump info class online Hello All! <BR> <link> </link> Should get a brand new Accu-check Aviva glucometer with strips and some skins. If you're looking for another meter or you just want a back-up, this is a good opportunity. <BR> Also, for those of you interested in getting a pump, or interested in learning about pumps or don't know what one is or does but are looking for some basic info... <BR> Medtronic Minimed (one of the big pump manufacturers) is offering ONLINE classes on December 10, I... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 19:15:03 EST Statistics I'm thinking of compiling a set of 'statistics' on the team members <BR> (% M/F) <BR> (age) <BR> (age diagnosed) <BR> (years on pump) <BR> (years on CGMS) <BR> <BR> Might also want to compile the complications we've each had. This will make a great place for 'personal research' (am I the ONLY one) and also give each of us a chance to ask and be asked when a 'new' symptom or whatnot happens. <BR> <BR> I might add that as long as I don't pay too much attention to my doctors latest theories ... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 12:00:59 EST checking in just wanted to stop by and check in with everyone (unfortunately this site still loads up super slow so i still don't log in very often now). <BR> <BR> things are going pretty well on the health front. a1c is getting closer to 7 every time i see my endo, though fighting with insurance over how many test strips i need every month is making things harder and i just don't have a lot of time to fight. sadly for me, it seems that i may have "trigger thumb" which basically means my thumb won't e... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 08:45:23 EST Canadian and US Measurements of Blood Glucose I was having troubles understanding the BG levels members had posted until I found this conversion chart: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ml?p=30&id=NbDgUzQhfrJTXdmg.DfXS.Tx </link> <BR> <BR> We're Canadian, eh?! <BR> <BR> <BR> ...Pam Fri, 28 Nov 2008 17:05:56 EST Diabetic Friendly Alternatives to Favorite Foods ITSCOREY and I are looking for suggestions on how to replace some of his favorite foods. <BR> <BR> Thousand Island salad dressing <BR> ketchup <BR> peanut butter - is this a concern? <BR> <BR> Brand name suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks. <BR> <BR> ...Pam <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2008 16:53:11 EST The hospitalised diabetic (or how to survive impri Please excuse my use of verse <BR> My opinion of hospitals is quite ugly and terse <BR> But to make it easier for those who don't know <BR> I'll let you in on some secrets, just read the below: <BR> <BR> First, when feeling yucky, not good, or ill <BR> Check and fix blood sugar, take Tylenol and chill <BR> If still not feeling better then quick <BR> Get to the bathroom if feeling really sick! <BR> <BR> If all else fails and to the doctor one must <BR> In one's deity they must ha... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 00:16:51 EST Hello to all I'm a 38 year old man,married and father of 3. I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Type 2 and shocked. 3 days later I was re-diagnosed with Type 1. Apperently I fought off the diabetes for 24 years. Thu, 27 Nov 2008 09:58:01 EST LADA or Type 1.5 Members? Hi all <BR> <BR> My hubby, ITSCOREY, is newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 38. He's overwhelmed, frustrated, depressed. I'm here to learn more about diabetes so that I can support him. <BR> <BR> On the upside, I have been following the South Beach Diet here on Sparkpeople for over a year. I know how to count carbs and read food labels. I know which foods are high-fiber and low in sugar. He's picked up a bit, too, over time, so we have less of a learning curve on the diet. The coac... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:47:05 EST Help - i'm off to the dr. today Hi All- <BR> <BR> I am off to my endo today. He is going to try and talk me into the pump. I am v. nervous b/c I have not made up my mind yet on what I want to do. My last 3 a1c numbers were 6 or below. <BR> <BR> I am also concerned that I am not able to loose any weight. I have gained 15 lbs since being diagnosed last Sept. Right now I am on lantus and humalog. Any suggestions or questions I should ask him? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:32:24 EST