Hi All - I’m a newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic and I’m delighted to find this community. I got diagnosed in late October after experiencing recurrent yeast infections - I went into urgent care, which revealed high glucose in my urine, and a finger stick pegged me at 309 ml/dl. I am a 37 year old woman, very active with a normal BMI and a family history of autoimmune disorders. An A1C of 14+ and GAD antibody test confirmed my Type 1 diagnosis.
In hindsight, I really should have noticed that losing five pounds in quarantine, despite eating everything in sight, was too good to be true I gained 8 pounds in my first week of starting insulin. I feel much better already.
I’ve had initial meetings with an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse, and nutritionist. The nutritionist was really pushing me to eat more carbs. (I went strict keto after my diagnosis and before getting my insulin, then ate low carb, roughly 50-100 net carbs a day, in my first few weeks). I have been trying to eat higher carb these last few weeks (aiming for 200g net carbs/day), but I’ve noticed poorer sugar control as a result.
I’m currently using Levemir as my long acting, and Humalog for fast acting, along with a Freestyle Libre meter. I just started a new job where I’ll have better health insurance, and so I’ll likely get a Dexcom and possibly a pump early next year.
Everything is a bit overwhelming right now - blood sugar seems to be affected by so many different variables. I’m a bit of a data nerd and very willing to comply with the right diet, but I feel like there’s so much to tackle at once. Every day seems to be an unrepeatable experiment - even my basal insulin needs seem to vary daily with things like my menstrual cycle. I would love any tips from this group on what to tackle first in terms of figuring out my diabetes.