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4/25/10 3:55 P

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Diabetes is a way of life for me. I have been T1 for 30 years and have worked through several ups and downs. Basically I am fine with the fact that I can do anything I want to I may just need to accomplish things a different way or include some intermediate steps e.g. checking my blood sugar every 10 minutes when I exercise or frequent international business trips (Thank God for the pump and Business class travel policies).
My attitude is that this is a part of who I am and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Managing diabetes sure beats the alternative in my mind - laying six feet under.
I have a wonderful support team - Endo, CDE, Nutritionist, Internist and of course my husband and mother who both have Type 2. I enjoy learning all I can and finding different ways to do things that Diabetics couldn't do! I like to think I am healthier than most people because of my diligence and proactive approach to my health so, I am just going to enjoy the ride called life and manage my hiccups! emoticon

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4/24/10 11:08 A

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To me diabetes is a part of who I am now don't get me wrong it does not by any means define me but it does make me a stronger person. I stick to my everyday routine if you can call it that cause diabetes always likes to throw in a curve ball like pump malfunction or my CGM not liking me and ohh don't get me started on the highs and lows but it is me and what I deal with so I stay postive and try to educate myself and others about this disease so there is no more stigma I mean type 1 and type 2 are different but because of all the news and TV everyone seems to thing diabetes is all in one fits all disease and is caused by to much food and sugar. uggh! frestrating yes but my little educating of others helps out a bit I hope anyways!

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
phil 4:13


I don't believe in failure.

( this includes getting healthy!!)


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4/21/10 1:27 P

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Heather,

The issue isn't carrying a child, it is that my immune system has destroyed my eggs. Bad eggs means no chance of biological kids, period. We did three rounds of IVF but the Dr's couldn't get good eggs from me and they told me that is was a complication of my being a diabetic. Basically the same auto immune process that made my body destroy my pancreas and my thyroid also made my body destroy my eggs. Like all the other processes, it takes time, so if I had tried to get pregnant earlier in life, it might have been fine.

I put this out there because this wasn't a diabetes related complication ANY of my Dr.s ever discussed with me. They also told me that as a diabetic (for the same reason) we are more likely to go into early menopause.

I just wish someone had told me this could be an issue. I was very focused (for years) on trying to have a perfect A1c before trying to get pregnant and that delay may have made the difference.

-Honey

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4/20/10 10:16 P

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Honey,

I've also had diabetes for 22 years and I have had two pretty normal pregnancies. The key was getting my A1c into almost normal range before I got pregnant. (It was 5.5 with my first pregnancy, but not quite that good with my second and third. I had a miscarriage with my second, and my third pregnancy wasn't as easy as the first, but I had no major complications.) I might have misunderstod you, but unless you have medical complications, it is possible for type 1s to safely have children.

Best regards,
~Heather



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4/20/10 7:33 P

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Yeah, if you're interested there is an updated edition!

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4/20/10 4:32 P

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HHI - I have that Diabetes Athlete book, but if I remember correctly it was written before Humalog and Novolog were so widespread, so most of the people were on regular insulin which peaks at different times than the Novolog I'm on. Maybe I just have an old copy and its been updated?

MANDY - I've been a diabetic for 22 years, so my perspective is a bit different. I used feel like it kept me in line and made me take care of myself. But right now it has meant that I can't have children and that is a big punch in the stomach. If there are any women out there thinking they can put off motherhood like non-diabetics until later in life, I would say, that may not be the case. At least for me, the same auto-immune issue that made me a diabetic and destroyed my thyroid has also made it impossible for me to have children. I just wanted to throw this out there because no Dr. every told me this could be an issue.

-Honey

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4/19/10 9:54 P

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Something I have learned after all these years of diabetes is that the bigger the muscle I am working out; the more glucose that is going to be burned. For that reason, I often have to use 30grams or more with no bolus.

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4/19/10 10:22 A

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I used to turn my pump off, too, but what I've learned from that book (and I guess I knew already anyway) is that insulin peaks around 1.5 - 2 or 3 hours after it's in, so if you you take it off then you are affecting insulin that far down the road.
Everything depends on how much insulin you have on board and how many carbs are floating around. I recently realized if I work out first thing in the morning without eating or taking any insulin, I have few (if any!) problems with lows or highs - my body stays pretty regular.
Non-diabetic people don't take their pancreas off when they work out, so why should we?!

Just some food for thought. Like I said that book can explain it WAY better than I can!

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4/19/10 9:58 A

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Mandy,

I'm on a pump and know I should set a temporary basal before exercising. I just never seem to plan far enough ahead. The other week I decided to hike up an old mountain road... kind of spur of the moment. So I ate, threw some food in a backpack and took off. After the first two minutes of a pretty steep climb, I thought to turn my pump off. I monitored my BG levels every 20 minutes or so and was pleased to see it staying pretty level. About 90 minutes later, when I got back to the car, I was up near 300! It stayed high pretty much the rest of the day and I had ketones. Frustrating!!!!

I used to go to the gym, but haven't been there since my son was born 3 years ago. Back then, a banana before my workout would sometimes cover me, sometimes not. Again, FRUSTRATING!!!

Currently, I am doing various DVDs at home- both cardio and strength training. If I do this after breakfast, my numbers are usually good the rest of the day. However, after a month of doing this almost daily, I haven't lost any weight. Again, FRUSTRATING! (Big sigh) Guess it's time to hit the gym again.

Thanks for the advice!

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4/19/10 9:01 A

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HHI0901,

That book sounds like something I could use, and it's only around $13 on Amazon. I'm going to see if Barnes and Noble has it before I place an online order though. Thanks for the suggestion!

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4/18/10 9:30 P

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HMB-

I had the same problem! I would work out and be low for hours after my workout.

Are you on the pump or shots?

I'm on the pump and what has worked for me is taking it completely off during my workout. I also have to have a 30 gram carb snack a half hour before my workout (with no insulin) to stay steady throughout my workout. My endo told me a 15 gram snack but even that wasn't enough.

It also depends on the type of exercise you do. When I run I'm low but when I do spin I'm fine.

What are you going before/during your workouts to keep your bg up?

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I have to recommend this book: www.amazon.com/Diabetic-Athletes-Han
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I got it when I started training for a half marathon but it has SO much useful information about why our bodies work the way they do and ways to adjust your food and insulin to help you get the most out of your workouts. I bought it on a whim and it's been worth it!

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To be honest, it's a major pain in the ass! I've been diabetic 22 years so it's been part of my life for over half my life. I have two healthy kids and no problems for which I'm thankful, but I would give anything not to have to worry about going high or low- especially when exercising and trying to lose weight. That's my biggest frustration lately. So often when I work out, I end up getting low and needing to eat. Sort of defeats the purpose of exercise. I know I need to plan and adjust better, but with my hectic life and barely any time for Mom, it's really hard!

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4/17/10 5:39 P

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I don't know if I would say it is a positive thing, but I definitely am a better person for having diabetes. I can't remember the last time I got a negative comment about having it - maybe because when I tell people, I don't try to get sympathy... not saying that you do :)

When I look at my future (like when I'm 70), I don't see myself being diabetic, but I don't see it being gone. I guess that means it's not a huge part of my mentality!

I've never rebelled against having diabetes but I definitely could take better care of myself. Since I've had it so long (almost 15 years), I don't think twice about carrying my supplies with me or checking my blood or taking a bolus. I just wish I could get all my basals just perfect and my ratios just right... I'm tired of seeing highs and lows.

Wow, so back to the question - what does diabetes mean in my life? Not much I guess... it takes time out of my day to take care of myself. I get stressed when I'm too high. It's not necessarily a part of my identity, but then again, it's a HUGE part of my life. I don't really know what it means in my life! I just know I need to stay on top of it and keep a lookout for a cure.

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4/17/10 4:50 P

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What does diabetes mean in your life?

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!

That's why I look at diabetes as a positive thing in my life. Def. something I struggle with, but something I know I can control and make the most of if I really focus.

I've been type 1 diabetic for almost 20 years now, so at this point it is just a routine to prick myself every couple of hours and give myself insulin etc. So why should a "routine" be something negative? It shouldn't.

I am going to live my life accepting I was given diabetes because I have the strength to control it.

So, to answer my question diabetes means strength. It teaches us to overcome any obstacle in life and gives us the strength to show others how strong the "weak" really are. It's important to live life on the edge... just make sure you're happy with what life has thrown at you because you can't change it.

So, question, what does diabetes mean in your life?

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