This is the first time I am posting here. I am 21 year old engineering student who was diagnosed as type 1 diabetes 2 weeks ago. I was DKA by the time I reached the hospital. I am now on multiple injection therapy (3 rapid acting (Humalog) before meals, and one long acting (Lantus) before dinner). I was already underweight (50 Kg with 170cm height) and the onset of diabetes made me lose about 9 KGs and made me dangerously underweight. I feel fine after insulin therapy and am gaining weight (about 45 KGs now).
I take 12U of lantus every night, 12U of Humalog in the morning and afternoon, and 11U of Humalog at night. I am still learning how to control my BGs. I am currently on CGM that my doctor put (Freestlye Libre. Works for 14 days and only they can extract its measurements during hospital visits). I asked the clinic if they could give me the data but they refused to do so and only gave me the graphs. Also, they gave me no way to know the CGM reading without visiting the hospital (Librelink is not available in India). So I found another way (Glimp) to extract data from the sensor and I am using it daily to track my BGs. My blood sugars averaged at around 205 mg/dL for the first few days. It significantly improved and my average today is 121 mg/dL with the highest reading today being 161 mg/dL. It is sad that after the 14 day period, I cannot afford a CGM and have to go back to testing with strips. The convenience and data given by CGM is unparalleled and I will miss it. I have been taking a walk after every meal (about 12000 steps per day).
I am hungry all the time and I’m eating a lot of food. The doctor said it is because of the insulin. My carb intake is also relatively high , standing at 260g per day (All good carbs and low G.I food, though). The only high G.I food that I believe I’m having is the mix of brown and white rice in the afternoon. It is actually the staple food in my country and it is difficult to avoid. I plan to switch completely to brown rice, however.
My C-Peptide test gave a fasting C-Peptide level of 0.16 ng/ml. Do I have a chance of having a honeymoon phase? Does niacinamide help in preserving beta cell function for the first 2 years? (I found multiple studies saying that it does but my doctor isn’t convinced).
What should be my target BG levels for the first few months?
The injection with pens sometimes hurt and cause bleeding. Any tips to prevent this?
Apart from the questions I asked… Is there any advice that any experienced type 1 diabetic can offer regarding T1D management?
Sorry for the long post.
EDIT (29 May 2017): I originally posted this this about 2 months ago. I have learned so much about managing type 1 in these two months and TUD helped me a lot with it. My BG control improved significantly. My BG now rarely exceeds 140 mg/dL and averages at around 109. My BG management app estimates my A1C as 5.7%. Thank you so much for your support.