These are my thoughts on diabetes today
Do you ever use glucose tabs? I know lots of people don’t like them because of the chalky taste, but I swear by them because they are fast-acting and generally keep me from bouncing too high from treating a low.
For me, I eat pretty much whatever I want, whenever I want, but…I have become much better at not overdoing it - eating small portions because I know how bad I will feel later if I overindulge. A really good example is chocolate. When I get an overwhelming craving for it, I will have 3 Hershey’s Kisses, about 8 carbs (dark chocolate, please!). I savor each one and the craving is satisfied.
I have used glucose tabs and I hate the taste of them. They taste like chaulk. Carry a tube in my purse just in case. I’d rather drink 1/2 can of coke, juice or OJ.
Type I with hypothyroidism here too. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight through diet and exercise over the past year. For strenous exercise, I turn my pump down about 2 hours before hand. I also eat something with complex carbs before exercising. Then I test every 20 minutes while exercising.
Check out/google John Walsh’s article about ex-carbs - he has great info that helps in this area.
I also don’t eat low-carb. I think if my eating, if anything, as eating smart carb.
Dear Rebecca…how i understand you. Especially on no.4. Heck. It’s so hard but i am SURE it’s possible ! I am excited because in two weeks i’m gonna have an entire week at a specialized clinic of diabetes education. I hope to get out of there, more hopeful, I do not wanna end up like your mother as well. I still am rebel about my illness, i haven’t got over the anger and frustration period and i wonder if i ever will. I have a long lasting and very hard to treat depression that is directly due to the high and lows, of living with diabetes. I feel limited by it, and it’s not so much about the food but more about not being able to follow others like i would want.
I can never just skip a single snack or i’ll go hypo. That is just the most frustrating thing ever when it’s time to be active among others. Because of the fear induced by hypos, i’ve developed an obsession with food.
I feel i am in prison and the cage is my body. Also, i have lost complete interest for sex since the last 4 years.
BUT still, i have hopes inside that some parts of life remain interesting, and that diabetes will give me some freedom so i can exist out of this stupid and unfair illness.
ps: and glucose tabs are the best, even with their taste.
Im fond of the liquid gluco-shots vs the tabs, esp if im “really feeling” that low… Works a little faster than the tablets, taste decent, easy to only take (half) a dose (but you wont crave them for a casual snack), only gotcha is they are a little pricey per bottle…