I have a few questions about diabetes and lifestyle that I have had trouble answering on my own. I think that most of the trouble has come down to being burnt out, asking a lot of questions that people didn’t know how to answer, and not knowing what resources I can trust.
I’ve had type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve experienced a lot of fluctuations that medical professionals couldn’t explain. My A1C has been below 7 for almost two decades. While this is great, it incorrectly implies to some professionals that I have good control. Quite the contrary. My blood glucose levels are between 80 mg/dL and 250 mg/dL when I’m not sick. When I’m sick or on my menstrual cycle, it’s a whole different ball game, and often it’s different every time. On normal days, I often still have low energy and “brain fog.” I don’t want any of this to continue if I can prevent it.
I use a Dexcom CGM and a Tandem TSlim insulin pump. I love the DEXCOM CGM. I chose the TSlim because it can dose smaller units with more accuracy than I’ve experienced with other pumps. I used Medtronic for a long time but found that I experienced a lot of leaks and dosage inaccuracy.
My main questions are:
- What have you found is the most reliable source of information on reducing the severity and frequency of fluctuations?
I know there are many sources for fluctuations, but given my attention to detail when it comes to food, it seems like the culprit may be another reason like infection and/or sleep issues (or something else?).
Has anyone on here developed or found a helpful resource for simplifying and managing diabetes on a busy schedule (restocking supplies, insurance, medical appointments, personal care, etc.)?
Have you built a business while managing diabetes well?
How do you keep a sense of self through the emotional fluctuations that often come with highs and lows? I feel like my mood is changing often and that can be frustrating.
How do you keep your energy and attitude up?
How do you treat/reduce brain fog?
Those are my first few questions. I’ll add more later. Thank you for your responses!